Enhancements to the Software Center UI and Experience

Registered by Martin Pitt on 2011-04-27

Targeted enhancements to the UI and experience for Software Center for Oneiric.

Focus areas for this cycle are a general visual "makeover" (new icons, etc.), enhanced integration with Unity, targeted performance improvements, better touch-friendliness, increased stability and usability improvements.

See also "Enhancements to ratings and reviews":
  https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+spec/foundations-o-ratings-and-reviews-in-software-center

Blueprint information

Status:
Complete
Approver:
Martin Pitt
Priority:
Medium
Drafter:
Gary Lasker
Direction:
Needs approval
Assignee:
Gary Lasker
Definition:
Approved
Series goal:
Accepted for oneiric
Implementation:
Implemented
Milestone target:
milestone icon ubuntu-11.10-beta-2
Started by
Gary Lasker on 2011-05-24
Completed by
Gary Lasker on 2011-09-09

Whiteboard

== GOAL ==
To make targeted enhancements to the Software Center user interface and experience. Focus areas are a general visual "makeover" (new icons, etc.), enhanced integration with Unity, targeted performance improvements, better touch-friendliness, increased stability and usability improvements.

Work items (oneiric-alpha-1):
Determine remaining performance issues to target and prioritize them: DONE
Determine the list of Synaptic features not yet implemented in Software Center (http://goo.gl/yQQ9l): DONE
Expand the Get Software item in the viewswitcher by default: DONE

Work items (oneiric-alpha-2):
Detect current screen resolution and base the default window size on that to better make use of available area: DONE
Display the package name first in the version string of the details view (per the spec): DONE
Modify dbus call from Software Center to Unity launcher per above changes and fire it at the start of the install rather than at the end: DONE

Work items (oneiric-alpha-3):
Improve startup time when installing a .deb directly (over 50% improvement and now within about 1s of gdebi startup time: DONE
Improve user feedback when installing a .deb directly (show a spinner and do not display the main category view): DONE

Work items (ubuntu-11.10-beta-1):
[bilalakhtar] Display progress of package install in the corresponding Unity launcher icon (see http://goo.gl/Flsx1): POSTPONED

Work items (ubuntu-11.10-beta-2):
Create a new icon for Ubuntu Software Center itself: DONE
Integrate the new application icon into the package: DONE

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Session notes can be found at <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SoftwareCenter/UDSOneiricSessionNotes>

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