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CoexEdit: Dude, where's my toolbar?

Wed 3 Oct 2007, 11:36 AM



by Ben Langhinrichs
I am sometimes guilty of exhalting the functional over the visual, and no case is that more evident than in CoexEdit.  The first image below is the standard multi-field sample I shipped with CoexEdit 1.4 (displayed here in the 2.0 database), and even I have to say, "Ouch!"  OK, it is cool that you have these powerful toolbar actions and multiple rich text fields, but what was I thinking?

So, combining the enhanced functionality of CoexEdit 2.0 and a tiny bit of UI effort, I show below that two additional examples of what can be done.  Much more than this can be done, but I need a Chris Blatnick or Bruce Elgort or somebody with UI clues to design it.

(Click on any of the images to get a larger version)

Multi-field sample as used before (separate toolbars, vertical layout, you can't even see it all on one page)
Vertical layouts with traditional toolbar for each field


Multi-field sample with "silver skin" and shared full toolbar

Vertical layouts with silver skin and shared full toolbar


Multi-field sample laid out horizontally with sleek, silver vertical shared toolbar

Horizontal layout with sleek silver vertical toolbar

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