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From Jürgen Schmidt <jogischm...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: updating Splashscreen
Date Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:35:48 GMT
On 3/26/13 3:05 PM, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 12:41 AM, Samer Mansour <samer519@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I think we should start first with what the purpose of the splash screen is:
>>
>> 1 Welcome users. Hi I'm OpenOffice.
>>
>> 2 Provide loading progress.  If loading is so fast do we even need a bar.
>> Perhaps a spinning circle is better to show activity.
>>
>> 3 Is there any specific requirements. Ie. Legal, asf logo requirement.
>> My thought, its unlikely we have legal requirement as its not even up long
>> enough for users to read in order to adhere to.
>>
> 
> There are no legal requirements that I am aware of.  Take a look at
> what Microsoft puts up for theirs:
> 
> http://windowsadmincenter.blogspot.com/2012/07/download-office-2013-home-premium-preview.html
> 
> It is very basic, and is up for so short a time that the main thing
> that registers is the color.  Our load time is longer so maybe users
> would notice some text.
> 
> But I think we should align with the user's thinking at this point.
> They've launched OpenOffice, presumable *to do a task*.  They are not
> researching the license.  They are not looking to find out the list of
> OpenOffice contributors.  They have work to do and the splash screen
> is only a delay for them.  So I'd keep it simple and focus mainly on
> reassuring the user that they are in the right place, i.e., confirm
> what app they are loading and that it actually is loading.
> 
>> My contribution in this conversation is to stand in the user's shoes.
>> Think little sister or mom. Do they read that? Is it foreign concept? Do
>> they care? Should they really care?
>>
> 
> The care about the task they want to accomplish.  Their mind is focused on that.

I agree and would not spent too much on the splash screen.

More importsnt in the long term is a reworked start center with more
usable stuff like, the latest used or favorite templates, recent
documents more visible, maybe useful hints and short tipps or so. I
don't know using the whole are is possible. But probably not for 4.0
because of the time constraints.

For 4.0 we should focus on the low hanging fruits, logo, icons, app
icons, installer images etc. Easy to exchange stuff.

I am not against anything in the other areas but the work have to be
done and I would focus on the other things first. Nice new icons are of
much more value to our users and much more visible.

Juergen

> 
> -Rob
> 
>> If we cut out text and objects that don't really matter, when it comes time
>> to present the user with something that does matter they will more likely
>> read it.
>>
>> Please note I am listening to feedback with ears wide open, no comment is a
>> stupid comment. I will place feedback into the application screens wiki
>> page I started.
>>
>> Samer
>> On Mar 25, 2013 8:59 AM, "Louis Suárez-Potts" <luispo@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> On 13-03-25, at 07:41 , Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org> wrote:
>>>
>>>> On Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM, Louis Suárez-Potts <luispo@gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>>> The new-ish splashcreen improves on the old, which had the charm of
>>> being written in not-quite-colloquial English. But now its as charming as a
>>> gap toothed smile. Things are missing.
>>>>>
>>>>> So:
>>>>>
>>>>> NOW:
>>>>>
>>>>> Copyright © 2012 Apache Software Foundation.
>>>>> All rights reserved.
>>>>>
>>>>> This product was created by Apache Software Foundation, based on Apache
>>> OpenOffice.
>>>>> Apache OpenOffice acknowledges all community members, especially those
>>> mentioned at <credits url>.
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Or just drop the 2nd paragraph.  You can't click on the link in the
>>>> splash screen, right?  And it is not up long enough for anyone to
>>>> write it down.  We can cover that info in Help/About.
>>>>
>>>> -Rob
>>>
>>> Suits me.
>>>
>>> louis
>>>>
>>>>> —
>>>>>
>>>>> IMPROVED:
>>>>>
>>>>> Copyright © 2012 Apache Software Foundation.
>>>>> All rights reserved.
>>>>>
>>>>> This product, Apache OpenOffice, was created by The Apache Software
>>> Foundation and is based on code hosted by the ASF.
>>>>> We recognize the contributions of the members constituting the Apache
>>> OpenOffice Project and in particular credit those mentioned at
>>>>>
>>>>> --
>>>>>
>>>>> -louis
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