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Re: [tdf-discuss] [UI] Splash screen


On 10/29/2010 01:50 AM, Ivan M. wrote:
Hi Mirek,

On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 5:42 AM, Mirek M.<mazelm@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi everyone,
Here's my proposal on how to replace the splash screen:
http://clickortap.wordpress.com/2010/10/28/splash/.

It's fantastic to see your creativity being unleashed here. I really
hope we can see some of these ideas in LibreOffice in the near future.
The start centre and splash screen are topics that I'm really
interested in, especially since Christoph put forward a hybrid
proposal on the OOo wiki page he just mentioned.

The Start Center would lose the standard chrome of LibO and stand as a very
lightweight application that opens while LibO loads, removing the need for a
splash screen.
For individual applications (where the Start Center is skipped over), there
would be an undistracting notification that the app is opening.

The *perceived* speed of startup is something that should really be
considered by the designers here. The perception (rather than an
objectively measured reality) is what counts. John Wayne of Mozilla
made this clear when he wrote:

"Firefox is fast, no doubt about it. But for many people it feels
pretty slow when starting up. Chrome, while only marginally faster
than Firefox at starting, feels much faster. By analyzing videos of
these start-up processes we can start to understand what makes Firefox
feel slow." [1]

I wonder if a similar analysis could be done with LibreOffice to
identify design strategies that enhance the user experience (felt
experience) of LibreOffice's start up. Mirek, you've put forward some
great ideas and possible solutions, but I think we should analyse the
problem in more depth first (if you have any data or did any research
on this, please share it with us).

Regards,
Ivan.

[1] http://www.johnwaynehill.com/blog/2010/06/16/perceived-speed-performace/


@Mirek
I also think this idea looks good. The one thing i'd like to make sure of is that how it uses dual monitors is thought of. At least in linux, libre/open office currently displays the splash in the middle of the two monitors when I have dual monitors configured. Rather annoying for me, personally.

@Ivan

I like the idea of doing that analysis. I really do think Libreoffice currently feels slow to many users.


Chris Carpenter

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[tdf-discuss] [UI] Splash screen"Mirek M." <mazelm@gmail.com>
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