Re: GNOME online desktop - (some of the possible) next steps

Calum Benson wrote:

On 10 Aug 2007, at 17:45, Bryan Clark wrote:

I'll try to put together a mockup or two for a new background chooser
that incorporates this.  Right now my current mockup could be called a
mashup between the background chooser and the screensaver dialog as it
has pieces of both.

I had a quick think about this during the week as well, as Alberto was bugging me :) Trying to keep things as simple as possible, my first attempt was:

Background images that have come from a feed are just tagged with a little RSS emblem, sorted in with your local background images. Whenever you use a syndicated image as your background, it's cached locally for future use[1], at which point the feed emblem may disappear (or change?) to indicate that it's no longer a transient image that will disappear from the dialog at some point in the future. Tooltip gives you more information about where the image came from:

The new dropdown at the top just offers choices of things like "single background" (the current behaviour), "random from selected", "random from feeds", "random from all backgrounds". The 'random' choices would change your background periodically. No UI for setting the rate of change at the moment, but I'm sure that would be trivial :)

The 'Edit Feeds' button would open whatever centralised feed editor somebody might like to devise...
Cool! Sounds we're on the same track for how the system interacts. Here's the mockup I was working on... enlarged to show how powerful it is! Perhaps we can combine ideas were appropriate and come out with something.

I kept the current list format of
  [thumb] /info/
  [thumb] /info/
  [thumb] /info/

I planned to use the right hand side for a "preview" mode, maybe showing the background on your desktop. The idea is to be more explicit about scaling images, hoping it would be helpful for showing the screen size vs. the image so you can easily fix stretching and other scaling aspects.

While I made my mockup dialog fairly large I don't actually think most of the browsing will be done in here. I'm making the assumption that the dialog is designed for choosing from a set of backgrounds or subscriptions you have already and that the web site will allow you to pick new individual backgrounds to download (which then appear in the dialog). When trying to design this once before, people wanted to be able to choose an individual image from a subscription and just keep that one as their background. I made a button for keeping current image from the subscription, however in practice you find that people really want the image that was just replaced and not really the current one. I think there are a lot of ways to make that better, but one easy one was to assume the web site allowed people to dig into a subscription and click [get this background!].

~ Bryan

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