Currently my team and I are creating standards for our software and we're running into a disagreement around the file menu location. We're trying to be modern in our software by trying to emulate some other popular software's choices regarding the file menu. An example of this would be Adobe's CC applications where they put the file menu in the chrome.
We're currently trying to decide between two different designs and the choice ultimately comes down to usability.
We could go with the traditional approach:
- Users are familiar with this format
- Very easy to understand where the menu is
- It's located in the top left corner (always)
- It uses 30 pixels of vertical space
The other version we have is where the file menu is in the chrome:
- It saves 30 pixels of vertical space (Which is very helpful in software, because there isn't vertical scrolling)
- It looks modern
- Fitt's Law dictates that these targets would be easier to hit due to an infinite target
- The file menu wont always be in the same location (Due to marketing, we always need to include the product name in the chrome, next to the logo)
My question for the community is:
Do any usability issues arise by putting the menu in the chrome?
I searched for answers but couldn't find anything concrete.