[openbeos] Re: Visual design stuff again

  • From: "Simon Taylor" <simontaylor1@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2003 09:29:41 +0100 BST

> Quoting Lars Hansson <lars-openbeos-misc@xxxxxxxxxxx>:
> > On Wed, 2003-09-24 at 19:08, Simon Taylor wrote:
> > > I stand by that. Buzzwords may get people interested, screenshots 
> > > will 
> > > decide if they can be bothered to download and install. I'm 
> > > talking 
> > > users here.
> > 
> > I dont think Joe User really cares that much about screenshots,
> Probably not Joe User. Joe User doesn't know if they are using a 
> Windows PC or a
> Linux box.
> As an example our users at work, I replaced a bunch of Windows PC 
> with Mandrake
> 9.2 and RedHat 9 and no one questioned the difference. The only thing 
> the users
> said was that it was actually faster :)
> But me personally, I'd never try out another OS unless I saw some 
> screenshots
> first. Screenshots make people go - "oh wow that looks cool, I might 
> try it out".
> Even apps. If apps on BeBits, don't have screenshots, I usually don't 
> check them
> out unless I really want to.

I'm the same. If the app is 10kb and the screenshot is 100K, I'd still 
look at the screenshot first (I'm on dialup, btw). Lars has an 
interesting point - maybe that makes me a geek? What I would say is the 
kind of people who are going to the trouble of finding out about an 
alternative OS and considering downloading it, geek or not, are the 
kind of people who will be influenced by screenshots IMHO.


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