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About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:46 pm
by RGB
rc1 is working smoothly, but I must admit that the new splash screen is not as good as the former one:
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The rc1 splash screen

What's the meaning of those coloured dots?


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The beta splash screen

Simplicity is the base of the elegance...
What do you think?

Re: About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:17 pm
by DaveD
Well I was going to start a topic myself the other day but decided not to spend the energy on it. Now that a topic has been started, I feel I might as well speak my mind on this as well.

First of all, the entire look of OOo 3.0 RC1 is just terrible, unprofessional, not to mention a step back from the 2.x releases. The splash screen is obviously ugly and there were many within that same contest that looked better and more professional. I mean, those dots... I just don't get it. The new Galaxy icon set stands out like a sore thumb just like the splash screen, so in that regard, they match quite well. It all looks very Fisher-Price to me. The new desktop and shortcut icons stand out as well.

The new look does not necessarily match the OS. Personally, I use Windows XP SP3 with the Classic theme. In Calc, for example, when you select a bunch of cells, the corresponding letters and numbers along the X-axis and Y-axis are coloured in a dark blue which, again, stands out and looks terrible.

What is Sun doing with OOo these days?.... (no need to answer)

I've been using OOo since 1.0.3 steadily and have been using Lotus Symphony lately throughout the beta phase and each release so far. I still use OOo 2.x for the majority of my work and I enjoy the way it looks much more so then OOo 3.0 RC1.

I feel much better now having said what I've wanted to say for the last few days.

Cheers,
Dave

Re: About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 9:13 pm
by Cambirder
DaveD wrote:
The splash screen is obviously ugly


Whether it is ugly or not is surely in the eye of the beholder, nothing can be obviously ugly :D

DaveD wrote:The new look does not necessarily match the OS.


Bit difficult as it is a multi platform application, and I would think 99.99% of users could not care less about it fitting in with their particular eye candy set-up.

Re: About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:56 pm
by Hagar Delest
I like that Galaxy theme! But I agree they have a funny look for a professional tool. But you can switch to the former "Classic" theme.

I like RC1 splash screen also, except these strange dots of course. They're obviously ugly indeed.

Re: About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 5:12 am
by DaveD
Cambirder wrote:Whether it is ugly or not is surely in the eye of the beholder, nothing can be obviously ugly :D

I agree with you 100%, everybody has their own preferences. I should have said that I personally thought it was ugly and that was my own personal opinion.
Cambirder wrote:Bit difficult as it is a multi platform application, and I would think 99.99% of users could not care less about it fitting in with their particular eye candy set-up.

True enough. No eye candy on my system though. Hence that Windows Classic theme. I like to keep things simples and not so flashy.

Re: About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 5:15 am
by DaveD
Hagar de l'Est wrote:I like that Galaxy theme! But I agree they have a funny look for a professional tool. But you can switch to the former "Classic" theme.

I like RC1 splash screen also, except these strange dots of course. They're obviously ugly indeed.

I was a big fan of the Galaxy theme in the beginning, but now I seem to prefer the previous one. But that's certainly a good thing, having many choices of icons for OOo. I'm glad that they kept the "Classic" theme in there.

I would absolutely love that splash screen if those dots were gone. It is very well done and professional, with the exception of those dots. But then again, that's another good thing about OOo since it's quite easy to change the splash screen.

Cheers,
Dave

Re: About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 9:05 am
by ccornell
DaveD wrote:I would absolutely love that splash screen if those dots were gone.


The new splash screen design was open for votes, and the one with the dots was the one the most people voted for...

Re: About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:14 am
by Hagar Delest
Do you have the address where that kind of vote takes place?

Re: About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:23 am
by ccornell
Co-ordinated through the OOo Wiki: http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Art/Splash_Screen/Proposals
and... a mailing list more than likely... one the many many.

Re: About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:27 am
by r4zoli
Issue 54361.

Re: About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 10:30 am
by Hagar Delest
Many thanks!
There are some wonderful proposals, at least I'll be able to use one of these screens.

Re: About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Sat Sep 13, 2008 4:05 am
by Runnin' Ute
the rc1 splash screen mostly works for me. Two changes I would make - make the birds white or some other lighter color and get rid of the colored dots/circles. Other than that it is very nice and clean. The beta one is darker than I like.

Re: About the new splash screen

PostPosted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:40 pm
by Caracalla
I liked the beta one much better. Even without the dots the new one is just too messy.