From: Alan Horkan (horkana_at_maths.tcd.ie)
Date: Fri Apr 09 2004 - 19:33:35 EDT
On Fri, 9 Apr 2004, Rui Miguel Seabra wrote:
> Date: Fri, 09 Apr 2004 22:04:17 +0100
> From: Rui Miguel Seabra <rms_at_1407.org>
> To: abiword-dev_at_abisource.com
> Subject: Re: Removing unneeded preferences
> On Fri, 2004-04-09 at 13:56 +0200, Marc Maurer wrote:
> > > > id_SHOWSPLASH
> > > > Branding is nice. Showing a splash as well. Dunno, maybe I'm misguided,
> > > > having a GUI for it makes me feel strange, though.
> > Well, i love the splash for new users, but I always disable it, since
> > Abi starts faster than the time the splash is displayed.
> I'd consider that a bug that if corrected would make the option almost
In any application disabling the splash screen should speed things up
because it is one less thing to do. Even if this has no real effect I
still disable splash screens whenever I can because I believe it has an
effect and sometimes even that is enough to improve user satisfaction.
Gnome has startup notification (the cursor turns into an hourglass) to
indicate something is happening so the splash screen is not needed to help
show that something is actually happening, but as Abiword is so fast this
was never much of a worry.
In fact Abiword is so fast that the SourceGear team had to deliberately
make it stay visible (for five seconds i believe) even after the
application is already fully loaded (less than three seconds usually).
One of the developers already alluded to this as their reason for
disabling the splash screen.
"There is no bug, there is only a feature"
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