UDSOneiricSessionNotes

Things discussed in the session

  • Improve performance
    • There are significant performance improvements in Natty, esp lisvtiew speedup and startup time improvements. What other issues are still problematic?
    • Issues for Maverick-era are outlined here (many have been addressed in Natty): https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/software-center/+bug/542336/comments/5

    • Improve the experience when installing .deb files directly
      • Needs a speedup
      • Display the details page immediately, or at least a "loading" spinner (we currently show the main screen for a few moments before displaying the details view)
  • bigger icons in the listview (64x64)
  • Touch-friendly UI:
  • Show less Text and information unless it's needed
    • Focus on visuals for selecting apps, once click you get more info
    • Add Kinetic animations for revealing these info. http://goo.gl/IONWq

  • more categories in USC by default not just in advanced view (not just rating)
  • Unity after you install (usually true, but background colors may vary)
    • new icon set
    • we really need a new icon for Software Center itself
  • Simplify the UI (this may be a big topic and so we might move this to its own blueprint)
    • Remove the left navigation pane, it takes a lot of space but where to put the informatin
      • the expander is tiny and often unnoticed
      • should expand by default, especially Get Software
  • Enhance the current unity launcher integration
    • Implement the remaining parts of the full spec at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SoftwareCenter#Learning%20how%20to%20launch%20an%20application

      • "Fly" the icon to the launcher, or for a simpler alternative, make icon appear in the launcher immediately upon clicking "install"
      • Display installation progress in launcher icon itself
    • Make "add to launcher" available whenever a details view is displayed, instead of only after a new install
      • This would require the ability to query the launcher about whether an item is already contained there
    • Support add-to-launcher for multiple items installed via the list view
    • Offer to install the launcher more visibly -- lower right is bad in maximized full desktop use case. Perhaps slide in from top
    • Provide the ability to simply drag and drop apps from the app lens to the launcher in order to INSTALL and pin them to the launcher
  • Provide checkboxes to select multiple apps in the list and then install/remove them at once (like synaptic)
  • Default window size hides the featured/new items
    • Detect screen size, give different default window size when doing this
  • Translation issues:
    • Would be good for Software Center to know about how translated an application is (according to launchpad) and display it to the user
    • Untranslated package descriptions could be detected, offered to translate
      • Reviews are isolated by locales, so to some extent reviews can help tell users about serious translation issues in the app itself.
  • Possible move to webkit/html for app pages
  • Search improvements
    • support facets in search, i.e. better search suggestions (some very early work here lp:~mvo/software-center/debtags-tag-suggestions-support)
  • Add support for categories in for-purchase app view instead of the current flat list
    • - Will need this as we get more and more for-purchase apps
  • "Dynamic" list of Featured apps
    • - Get the list of feature apps from the server (ISD), this will allow it to be updated more easily and more often

      - Example of a list of featured apps generated based on what's installed locally and data from R&R: http://paste.garneringubuntu.com/606818/

  • Support maturity ratings (for age-appropriateness) (had separate session on this)
    • (we should use debtags for this IMO) there is also some work done in debian about this, worth checking with them
    • if a title carries an ESRB rating it would be good to be able to display this in a nicely integrated fashion
  • Other listview tweaks:
    • pricing in the listview if purchasable?
    • a subtle request to review an app if installed but not already reviewed by the user
  • Screenshots in the details view
    • Support multiple screenshots per application
    • Add support for displaying a video in the details view (YouTube integration?)

  • Support for Synaptic features still not in Software Center
    • That would also decrease the number of programs we ship that (a) use gksudo and (b) don't use Ubuntu's menu bar
  • Webdirectory work with ISD and integration of "override" features, e.g. to allow improving the description, keywords, category, tags etc.
  • Improvements to the details view
    • standard formatting of descriptions, indent and bullet points and perhaps links etc
    • Minimal/recommended system requirements (particularly important for purchasable software, opengl games or anything that relies on specific hardware). Would help avoid people purchasing a game for which their system is not capable of running acceptably.
    • Be able to recommend drivers, cpu speed, memory, any required peripherals, persistent internet connection
  • Improve offline behavior, currently we prohibit any install remove actions when no network connection is available. best approach would be to add actions to a queue from which we can offer to action upon an internet connection being established.
  • WebLive integration in Software Center (better UI)

  • Far future fantasies:
    • Valve Steam-like (videos, social integration, forums/community built in)

SoftwareCenter/UDSOneiricSessionNotes (last edited 2011-05-17 21:43:17 by gary-lasker)