[Qgis-user] Re: [Qgis-developer] Simplify the download pages

Alex Mandel tech_dev at wildintellect.com
Mon Apr 12 12:29:00 EDT 2010

I pushed for that idea the last time we did a major overhaul of the
pages. The problem we have right now though is that the main team
doesn't have a dedicated builder for a Windows Standalone with GRASS/
full python(including gdal-python) so we have to offer most people 2
windows downloads. Also Mac and linux installs are based on specific
versions and also have 2 options(of which frameworks is the preferred,
same way OSGeo4w usually works out better long run for Win). We don't
have universal single binaries so the autodetect business at most would
direct you to the right page but not actually start a download.

So following your idea I agree, put the buttons/link on the download
page and use them to filter the tables to 2-3 choices max maybe with a
drop down to toggle more options. Then simplify the info in the table
with a "more" link to the super details that only the super geeks
understand. On windows a Red link, saying you might also need a file
from Microsoft click to here to read, concerning the whole MSVC runtime.

Maybe that while make it easier, I can always find a few people to test
it on.


Carson Farmer wrote:
> +1
> Just some thoughts,
> I think the best way to do things is to make it really easy for *new*
> people to find the version they need immediately, and those who are
> already using qgis, can click a link or two to get more specific or
> more unstable versions. The table is extremely difficult to navigate
> (I've just recently be told this by several of my colleagues), and
> links to new pages would likely be easier to use. In my opinion,
> current version should be right on the download page with links to
> windows, linux, and mac right there. Then the LTS version should be a
> separate page, with windows, linux, and mac. It would be relatively
> easy to also have a 'quick' link which simply downloads the 'Current
> Version' for whichever operating system the user is using to access
> the page...
> Carson
> On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 11:23 AM, Otto Dassau <otto.dassau at gmx.de> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> maybe Werner can have a look and try to improve the website. Do you have any
>> suggestions, what we should concentrate on to make it easier to
>> understand, because we already tried to some time ago (probably not very
>> successful :() ?
>> Regards,
>>  Otto
>> Am Mon, 12 Apr 2010 09:07:37 +0200
>> schrieb Paolo Cavallini <cavallini at faunalia.it>:
>>> On Sun, 11 Apr 2010 16:09:38 -0700, Alex Mandel
>>> <tech_dev at wildintellect.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Based on some feedback I've gotten from some users the download pages
>>>> are still too complicated and have too many choices. It's not clear to
>>>> anyone but advanced and involved users what the right thing to get is.
>>> +1 for me.
>>> Thanks Alex for pointing this out.
>>> All the best.
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