Gnome-Pie is a circular application launcher for Linux. It is made of several pies, each consisting of multiple slices. The user presses a key stroke which opens the desired pie. By activating one of its slices, applications may be launched, key presses may be simulated or files can be opened.
- 17/03/2013 Gnome-Pie 0.5.5 has been released! Read the anouncment!
- 21/12/2012 Gnome-Pie 0.5.4 has been released! Read the anouncment!
- 20/03/2012 Gnome-Pie 0.5.3 has been released! Read the anouncment!
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The concept of Gnome-Pie
Gnome-Pie is designed to be fun, fast and visually appealing. It implements Fitts’ law, which…
[...] is a model of human movement primarily used in human–computer interaction and ergonomics that predicts that the time required to rapidly move to a target area is a function of the distance to the target and the size of the target.- Wikipedia
Many application launchers of today’s Linux desktops are made for people using their keyboard mainly. Launchers like Gnome-Do, Synapse, Kupfer, Unity’s Dash or Gnome-Shell’s Activities are designed for keyboard users. It’s necessary to type the first letters of the desired action in order to launch it.
Gnome-Pie uses a different approach: The user does not need to remember the name of an application – just the direction has to be remembered. Combined with the implementations of Fitts’ law – users don’t have to click directly on the icon of an action, but somewhere on the screen in its direction – Gnome-Pie is an alternative to text-based launchers.
Gnome-Pie in action
Here’s a showcase of Gnome-Pie. It features the old settings menu, but it’s eye-candy nevertheless.
This video features the new settings menu of Gnome-Pie.