[GRASS-dev] New splash screen for GRASS GIS 7?
ychemin at gmail.com
Tue Jan 20 22:33:46 PST 2015
Some GIS splash screens:
>From the legions of marketters...
Some splashs from apps related to mapping
"Welcome screens" returned this...
On 21 January 2015 at 10:42, Michael Barton <Michael.Barton at asu.edu> wrote:
> On Jan 20, 2015, at 9:49 PM, Vaclav Petras <wenzeslaus at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 11:40 PM, Michael Barton <Michael.Barton at asu.edu>
>> On Jan 20, 2015, at 9:22 PM, Vaclav Petras <wenzeslaus at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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).
>> 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
>> 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>
>> > 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> wrote:
>> >> 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 GIS?)
>> >>>>> 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 suggestion.
>> > Vaclav
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