We've been hard at work on the maintenance branch of FarCry 4.0 which is supposed to be for bug fixes. However, its been hard not to throw in a few new features every minor point release. In 4.0.9 we've been a bit naughty, adding some really cool new features to the mix. Thought we'd slip these in prior to merging back to trunk for the start of 4.1.
When you deploy a content type you can immediately generate scaffolds for admin interfaces, views and publishing rules. Well not really scaffolds -- the code is production ready :)
We're using extJS to provide a modal dialogue box, and tabs to reach the relevant scaffolding code. Use as little or as much as you want.
You can override all the "webtop overview" views; the bounding tab boxes, the content item summary and the menus. Finesse them all or just the ones you want.
Using extJS accordions for the menus, we're highlighting the most used actions, and leaving less used options hidden. The whole makes the UI more intuitive for beginners whilst leaving all options available for power users.