Continuing on its four-monthly release train, the Eclipse team has released Orion 5.0 with a new look and feel and a new navigation bar.
The changes to the look of the interface have been driven by user demand, with the addition of a menu bar and context menus. The Actions menu and some of the navigational elements have been replaced with a more traditional menu bar, and context menus have been added on files and folders in the Navigation pane. These menus now give you the most common file operations such as copy, paste, rename and compare, as well as commands for navigating to other pages related to that file or folder.
According to John Arthorne writing on Planetorion.org:
New Orion users have consistently reported that they found our cluster of iconic Actions and Navigation buttons confusing. Developers often have trouble finding the commands they are familiar with in their old desktop-based tools. So, finally we are caving to user demand and incorporating some familiar navigation elements such as a menu bar and context menus.
There’s also a new navigation bar that appears as a narrow band on the left-hand side of the screen with links to all of Orion’s pages. The links are contextual and will navigate you to the closest corresponding page related to the artifact you are currently viewing, according to Arthorne. He gives the example of when you’re editing a file, when navigating to Git Status will show Git status for the repository containing the file you were just editing.