Feature request #5980

Clearly mark experimental plugins in installer

Added by Anita Graser over 4 years ago. Updated over 4 years ago.

Status:Closed Start Date:07/09/2012
Priority:High Due date:
Assigned to:- % Done:

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Category:Python plugins and bindings
Target version:Future Release - Nice to have
Platform: Resolution:fixed
Platform version: Pull Request or Patch supplied:Yes
Status info: Tag:

Description

A common problem is that users are unaware that they are installing an experimental plugin. Once you allow "experimental" plugins in the Installer, all possible plugins will be listed without any additional note on whether they are stable or not. Users simply expect them to work and will be disappointed. The plugin list should clearly show which plugins are ready for production use and which are experimental.

I'll put priority to "high" since I think this really should be added to the next version.

darkRed.png - Experimental plugins are dark red (77.9 kB) Alexander Bruy, 10/05/2012 07:06 am

darkYellow.png - Experimental plugins are dark yellow (78 kB) Alexander Bruy, 10/05/2012 07:06 am

with_icons.png - Use icons to mark stable and experimental plugins (80.5 kB) Alexander Bruy, 10/06/2012 05:38 am

installer-2.png (81.1 kB) Alexander Bruy, 10/07/2012 03:20 am

installer-3.png (78.9 kB) Alexander Bruy, 10/07/2012 04:07 am

installer.diff (576 Bytes) Borys Jurgiel, 10/07/2012 02:19 pm

installer2.patch (981 Bytes) Borys Jurgiel, 10/08/2012 05:25 am

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Revision fccf9ac5d00e326a9b66f314524fde69e438e7e9
Added by Alexander Bruy over 4 years ago

mark experimental plugins in installer (fix #5980)

History

Updated by Robin Lovelace over 4 years ago

Even better: add a software-centre style user rating system.
May be over-complex solution, acknowledged.

If so, would allowing the user to order plugins by number of downloads per month help?
That way popular (generally non-experimental) plugins like Sextant would rise to the top IMO.

Just a suggestion,

Robin

Updated by Alexander Bruy over 4 years ago

How we should mark such plugins? Here is two screenshots where experimental plugins are marked with different font color. Also it is possible to change font style (e.g. make it italic) and/or change background

Updated by Anita Graser over 4 years ago

I like red.

Could the status also read "experimental"? Just to make sure that users really get it.

Updated by Nathan Woodrow over 4 years ago

I would avoid red font for things like this it normally means error.

I would suggest to add a little science icon with a tooltip to say "Experimental" something like http://www.iconfinder.com/icondetails/45373/128/chemistry_science_test_icon

Updated by Pirmin Kalberer over 4 years ago

  • Target version changed from Version 2.0.0 to Future Release - Nice to have

Updated by Anita Graser over 4 years ago

Good point, Nathan! +1 for an icon if possible.

Updated by Alexander Bruy over 4 years ago

Here is screenshot for one of the possible implementations.

Updated by Alexander Bruy over 4 years ago

And another shot, with Nathan's suggestions

Updated by Jaka Kranjc over 4 years ago

I suggest the name and version columns at least get a tooltip along the line of "EXPERIMENTAL; plugin is not finished yet", since it is not immediately clear what the potion icon is about (and there's a chance people will hover over it).

Updated by Alexander Bruy over 4 years ago

Yet another shot. Separate column for icons, but without text

Updated by Alexander Bruy over 4 years ago

  • Status changed from Open to Closed

Updated by Alexander Bruy over 4 years ago

  • Resolution set to fixed

Updated by Borys Jurgiel over 4 years ago

The install/uninstall buttons don't work anymore. Here's a patch.

Updated by Borys Jurgiel over 4 years ago

  • Pull Request or Patch supplied changed from No to Yes

Updated by Borys Jurgiel over 4 years ago

yet another patch

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