[GRASS-dev] New splash screen for GRASS GIS 7?
Michael.Barton at asu.edu
Tue Jan 20 21:12:43 PST 2015
On Jan 20, 2015, at 9:49 PM, Vaclav Petras <wenzeslaus at gmail.com<mailto:wenzeslaus at gmail.com>> wrote:
On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:40 PM, Michael Barton <Michael.Barton at asu.edu<mailto:Michael.Barton at asu.edu>> wrote:
On Jan 20, 2015, at 9:22 PM, Vaclav Petras <wenzeslaus at gmail.com<mailto:wenzeslaus at gmail.com>> wrote:
On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 10:14 AM, Vaclav Petras <wenzeslaus at gmail.com<mailto:wenzeslaus at gmail.com>> wrote:
> 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).
IMHO, this kind of stuff does not belong on the spash screen. Errors and warnings (hopefully there are none) already show up in the terminal window, and we have help available on the main start up screen.
The splash is an entry—and an advertisement—for GRASS. Looking nice is actually important, but especially for a piece of high end visual software. I don’t think we should make the first view that people have when they start GRASS be boring or ugly just to accommodate tiny screens. It would be nice if there are any with graphic design expertise who could weigh in here.
The splash screen is replaced shortly by the (much more prosaic) main start up screen anyway. So why not keep it something that has visual appeal.
Sorry for the confusion. I'm speaking about welcome/start/setup/ window which actually appears *before* the splash screen and it has an old school picture which just eats vertical space. See the following links (or start GRASS :-).
OK. I was talking about the Medieval map, which was the start of the thread. I’d suggested the first real world map, with some welcome text. Even better would be doing something with visual impact with a historic map or some other display (we already have OpenGL loaded…). But that would take someone with the needed graphic skills. A colorful map and some good text is still tasteful.
I also agree that the start screen needs some love too. It is boring grey and has a dated image at the top—which is what it seems you are talking about, right?
Your nice green lettering on a light background would give it a nice clean look. FWIW, it would be classy to have the entire dialog an equally lighter shade too, with green or dark grey lettering in a nice font for the text outside of the wxPython control widgets.
I still wouldn’t put error messages on this dialog because it already has a lot of information and controls, and we need people to focus on what is needed to run GRASS. Maybe a more prominent help button because no one seems to notice it.
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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.
Please do not mess with the splash screen until we’ve heard from others.
My 2 cents worth
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<mailto:Michael.Barton at asu.edu>> wrote:
> 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).
> On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 4:50 AM, Nikos Alexandris <nik at nikosalexandris.net<mailto:nik at nikosalexandris.net>> wrote:
>> On 20.01.2015 11:38, Martin Landa wrote:
>>> 2015-01-20 6:18 GMT+01:00 Helena Mitasova <hmitaso at ncsu.edu<mailto:hmitaso at ncsu.edu>>:
>>>> I like this one - I think it well represents what GRASS is. (perhaps GRASS GIS?)
>>>>> GRASS. Bringing advanced geospatial technologies to the world.
>>> 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 suggestion.
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