Thanks guys for the feedback. Glad you like it ingo! I hear from tim you have volunteered to do the coding for it :D hehe
- editor-buttons get a bit too much highlight with bevel, high contrast *and* gradient - when quickly glancing at the interface,
Yeah they are my next task to work on. I used that style as it was a icon set :P. But yes it doesn't fit the design. I just chucked them as a place holder as you know how long all those icons take to create!! and I didnt want to create a set then have this design change only for the icons not to match.
- the orange highlight is pretty strong, especially when its not only a hover-style but permanent (does the "image"-button stay orange when the sidebar is pulled out?)
no it is purely a hover effect but I get what you mean. I might try using the same hover style as the top navigation. The sort of gray/blue.
- the inactive tabs should be less "sticking out" (no gradient at all? lighter blue?)
I did have a play around with that but the tabs ended up appearing quite lost. I used the same blue as the ribbon and they just didnt seem to stand out as much. I might try a lighter gray. That might work..
- page actions (save, publish, ...) are easy to miss with all the editor-icons on the top, i think leaving them on the bottom is a better web-UI-paradigm (like "sending a form"-buttons), and makes them easier to find
The only reason we moved them back up to top right is to save space, They take up alot of room so we were trying to make the best use of the room. Having the buttons down there you lose 40px of height off the content by the time you add padding/margins. The right space in the footer bar is really tempting to put them but that might not work to well ether.
what happens when you click the downards-pointing button near the search-field
Tims idea is that you will have search or filter search options similar to Outlook 2007.