[GRASS-dev] New splash screen for GRASS GIS 7?

Vaclav Petras wenzeslaus at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 20:22:28 PST 2015

On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 10:14 AM, Vaclav Petras <wenzeslaus at gmail.com>
> I'm not really concerned about splash screen but I think we should change
the Welcome screen/window. My suggestion is to simply remove the picture
and the sentence "Welcome to...open source GIS". This will save a lot of
vertical space which will be great advantage for small screens, for example
virtual box instances (the default screen size I got with VirtualBox and
OSGeoLive was not enough to accommodate this window). The other reason why
we need to save vertical space is actually a need to add more things. There
is "one row" for error message but I would like to see this replaced by a
block with info box for errors, warnings and general help messages (e.g.,
what to do next).

I hope to find some time to change this tomorrow before RC2 if there are no
voices against. I will remove the picture (including its ISIS alternative)
and the green (motto) text. I hope to find some good title text for this
welcome/startup/setup screen/window.

With this it could  be interesting to revise naming of the following page
where filename, title and content don't match.


On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:05 PM, Michael Barton <Michael.Barton at asu.edu>
> I agree with Bringing… rather than Opening…
> Bringing is better English and many people would not get the double
meaning of Opening…
> I still like a map for the splash screen. Of the 2 logos you did, I think
the white background looks classier.
As I said, I'm more interested in changing page titles then the splash
screen , however I like the idea of some simple splash screen. The white
background image I did could be used in trac and in manual. I'm just not
sure if it is ok that it is not text but image. For the manual it should be
anyway replaced by something which contains version of GRASS and the name
of the module (which should be manageable since page title tag contains the
module name).


> Michael
> On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 4:50 AM, Nikos Alexandris <nik at nikosalexandris.net>
>> On 20.01.2015 11:38, Martin Landa wrote:
>>> 2015-01-20 6:18 GMT+01:00 Helena Mitasova <hmitaso at ncsu.edu>:
>>>> I like this one - I think it well represents what GRASS is.  (perhaps
>>>>> GRASS. Bringing advanced geospatial technologies to the world.
>>> +1
>>> Much more better than the current:
>>> The world's leading open source GIS
>> What about
>> "GRASS, opening advanced geospatial technologies to the world."
> I like more the "Bringing advanced..." than "Opening advanced..." because
it has emphasis on features. Not everybody understands advantages of
openness (yet).
> Note that it should be "GRASS GIS", not "GRASS" as much as possible.
> We can just create a image with logo+GRASS GIS+motto which could be used
as splash and perhaps elsewhere too, for example in headers/titles of pages
where we have just the logo and not name (Trac, manual). See attachment for
> Vaclav
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