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The biggest advantage of radial or pie menus is their speed. To quote this article. Radial Menus Are Fast Radial menus are faster to access than list-based menus in every kind of pointer-based UI, including cursor, stylus, and touch. One big part of that is because every option is spaced at the same distance from the pointer. That’s classic ...


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Here are a couple of good blog posts to look at that have a great explanation of why radial menus can be a good way of displaying options to your user. Usability of Radial Menus Touch Means Renaissance for Touch Devices Basically they explain that radial menus can be a great way to display a right click type of contextual menu in touch devices. Once a user ...


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Proximity is only half of Fitts' Law. Size is the other half. While displaying a radial menu around a cursor seems like it solves the proximity problem, the fact is it doesn't make things that much closer. The standard Windows Start or Mac Apple menu buttons are usually much farther away from the cursor, yet they are much easier and faster to hit than ...


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There may be some legitimate uses for a quad menu pattern though here are the reasons why I would almost always opt for the accordion pattern. 1. The buttons are too close to one another Even if the little squares that light up aren't the target of the expand/collapse operation the four tiny root level words seem too close to each other for high accuracy ...


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Firstly with Google Maps there are two routes to a location search box browse map If an location information is always displayed same place regardless of the route used to find it this is a UX win in terms of Consistency heuristic. Secondly note that in Google maps the linear menu changes. This means that a radial menu would alter. And thus any benefit ...


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