[Etoys] Putting the Object Catalog categories into different Toolbars

Eduardo Silva jobezone at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 12 10:16:20 EDT 2007

What if OLPC Etoys had more than just one main
Toolbar. You could make the toolbar slimmer (like
shown in
), and make extra toolbars. These extra toolbars would
basically be containers of objects, categorized the
same way as in the objects catalog.

I would imagine that an Edit toolbar would be usefull
right after Activity (right now there is no visual
option to copy+paste, and Undo would be placed there),
but after that, there would be a Basic, Connectors,
Scripting, Graphics, Games, and a Multimedia Toolbar.
Perhaps the Basic category would contain the other
common objects that exist right now in the Main

I think that having objects placed this way, ready to
be taken out and be used in projects would make etoys
easier to use and discover. Right now, you have to
open the Top toolbox, drag the Object catalog to the
workspace, click the category, and choose the object.
With this method, you would click the category, then
choose the object. 

See http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Write
for an example of how an activity with toolbar tabs
looks like.

What do you think of this idea?


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