Date: Mon Mar 29 2004 - 07:17:11 EST
> On Mon, 29 Mar 2004, Tomas Frydrych wrote:
>> Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2004 07:25:28 +0100
>> From: Tomas Frydrych <tomasfrydrych_at_yahoo.co.uk>
>> To: abiword-dev_at_abisource.com
>> Subject: splash screen
>> I really love Ryan's new splash screen; I would like to suggest to
>> make this the official splash screen.
>> see it at http://www.ryand.net/oss/abi/splash.png
> My only problem is the version number.
> In the past version numbers on graphics have not been updated.
> If the version number and or build date could be generated by a script and
> automatically superimposed on the image I'd be a lot happier about it.
> Since Gnome supports startup notifcation (and KDE has done for ages too)
> and since Abiword is still extremely fast shouldn't we disable the splash
> screen because there is no techinical reason for having it? The marketing
> reasons that Sourcegear had for using it seem moot at this point.
> We will always have the About dialog for people to put nice artwork in
> (when I was just a beginner I thought the about dialog was the most
> pointless feature ever, as it actually tells you so little ABOUT the
> program although most programs are smart enough to use it to provide
> useful information like version numbers and build dates so I have come to
> accept that it isn't a total waste of space like a splash screen).
Marketing is just as important now as it's ever been. We have serious
competition in the Free Software Word Processing biz and should use every
opportunity to promote ourselves.
I like the new splash screen too. It would be great to somehow get the
swoosh in there too.
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