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

Helena Mitasova hmitaso at ncsu.edu
Wed Jan 21 10:04:17 PST 2015

On Jan 21, 2015, at 12:03 PM, Vaclav Petras wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 9:28 AM, Markus Neteler <neteler at osgeo.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 11:37 AM, Vincent Bain <bain at toraval.fr> wrote:
> > Just for fun, I made a couple of tests there:
> > http://www.lesfavrets.fr/telec/grass_splash.tar.gz
> Please, have a look at my suggestion in the attachment for welcome/startup screen/window. It contains a graphics but it has small height. Title and whole upper part is changed. Note that it is actually done in code, so it is pretty precise, except for the graphics which was done just quickly. The gray in the background of the image is the one of the window done using transparency so it should always match with the window. Unfortunately, this will fail miserably when somebody has dark window background color or green one (text or logo will be invisible).
> I would also like to change some terms used in the startup window. Namely, avoid using ambiguous word "project". If it is not clear, use "GRASS location", otherwise just "location". Same for mapset. We should also let the translators know that location and mapset should not be translated, or translated very carefully. Perhaps also, "Start GRASS" should be replaced by "Start GRASS session" which is something we avoid in documentation but it is quite crucial to understand how it works.

as Markus mentioned location and mapset by themselves don't work - users have no idea what it means or think that location is name of the place
which they want to study, that is why the additional text was added there. 
It helped a little but it is my observation from the workshop and classes that people get lost when defining their GIS data directory - they tend to put there 
the path to the location and then there is nothing to chose for location and mapset and they are done with GRASS.
And this happens even after you explain what GIS data directory means. 
I don't have a good solution - it is a long standing issue, but going back to just location and mapset won't help,

> I like the splash with grass in the background. Hopefully, there is enough CC BY images out there.
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