Gnome Terminal, Files and gEdit are probably the most popular (popular in use) Applications in Gnome 3. While Gnome Terminal and Files have already ported to GTKApplication, gEdit will hopefully migrate to GTKApplication in Gnome 3.8.
After (in 3.10), we might see a totally re-designed gEdit that has origins (in design) with Files.
This isn’t Ready!
Following designs are tentative art, far from a completed solution. There is a good chance to change, postponed for future releases or even completely dropped. In any case you shouldn’t consider these as final!
gEdit Latest Designs
This is basically round 2 of gEdit designs for Gnome 3; The first designs was about a year ago and have been dropped. This time things seems more “stable” as gEdit shares the same design approach with Files and other new Gnome 3 Apps.
However a refresh-ed gEdit will come -if come- in version 3.10 (October, 2013), so there is a lot of time ahead for changes :)
I think the figure is quite explainable about what is happening. Personally as I make heavy use of gEdit, I like these changes and although I have memorized all the currents menus, I believe the above structure gives a more clear view and an easier access to gEdit configuration and options.
Keep on mind that these are far from final and might never happen. -My lucky guess is that in 3.10 will see a new gEdit.
Before this happen is necessary for gEdit to be ported in GTKApplication [bug #674980] which is one of the big goals of Gnome in order to deliver a coherent and contextual look to the whole system. If everything goes according to schedule, gEdit port will be ready in 3.8 (March) and a fresh gEdit will arrive in Gnome 3.10 (next October).
Design by Lapo Calamandrei
Just a recently added (few hours ago) mockup for a cleaner look in Avatars in Notification Panel. I just randomly found it and attached it :)
There are many new Contributors in Gnome Design, if you want also to help ..here you go!