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The startup panel, an alternative to always or never


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When starting an Affinity desktop app; a modal panel is shown with multiple informational screens. These screens inform about others Affinity products available, tutorials and downloadable freebies. This screen has be manually dismissed with a 'close' button on every startup, but there is a 'Show this panel on startup' checkbox that can bu unchecked hiding the panel forever.

Neither behaviour is desirable. It would be better if the panel can be dismissed until a new screen is available. Then, and only then, it would pop-up again.

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6 hours ago, averstuyf said:

hiding the panel forever.

You can view it again at any time - Help, Welcome menu.

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  • 1 month later...

That is good to know. But it requires a manual intervention. The user has to check themselves, something easily avoidable with a small change to the process. (And yes, I am aware that small process changes can be a lot of work in code.)

So currently there are two possibilities:

1. Either the app always shows news on startup. Subsequently the user has to scan the news manually to see if there is anything news in there. And then close the window. As most days do not bring new news items, this is a waste of time.

2. Prevent the app from showing news ons startup. Now a user is either missing out or has to regularly manually open the news window. This is again a waste of time and cognitive budget. 

What I propose is a third option, a hybrid. Here it is possible to prevent the same news from showing up, until there is actually something new, at which point the news window popups again (with new and old items).

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You don't need to close that Welcome Screen. Just start working. File > Open, or File > Open Recent, or File > New, or your keyboard shortcuts for any of those actions will work just fine while the Welcome Screen is displayed. Or drag and drop a file onto the workspace outside of the Welcome Screen.

And then the Welcome Screen will go away all by itself.

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