A concept for a software installer/update manager for elementary. Fairly self explanatory, with the first screen being the home screen, the second a single application view and the third the updates screen.
I love the whole thing but I do have 1 thing I would like to point out. I think that the updates and download buttons on the title bar should not be replaced by the All Applications>Office>Writer. Otherwise it is totally awesome! Keep up the good work
1) The top banner is really stunning but the info and the checked icon bother me. 2) I don't think the info button is needed because if the user wants to get information about the app he will simply click on the app icon itself. 3) I would replace the AppCenter icon by a home icon on the main toolbar.
Mario has done great work with AppCenter, and I think it looks good; I'll try to submit bug fixes and the like. However, after looking at AppCenter I can easily say I would do it 90% different than it is currently. I feel that because it's centered around Ubuntu's Software Center, PackageKit, and APT it is highly limited in what it can and cannot do. I personally am not Ok with that. I've spoken to Fabian a bit about my idea's.
If I were to build one or work on one it would be from the ground up. That's why I haven't started or planned to work on one. I do not want to undermine what Mario is doing and make it seem like his work is in vain.
AFAIK, we're not tied into USC at all. It's built on libappstore which is a collaboration with the Light Software Center (Lubuntu) guys. So, I think if you wanted to mess with backend stuff, you'd want to hack on libappstore.
The grid view looks a little bit crammed to me personally. I solved it a bit differently in my mockup: [link]
Especially I think the repeated elements (the install and info buttons) need to be more subtle to avoid being too noisy.
What does your gear menu contain here?
I'm definitely interested in how to solve the issue of the different sections (namely store and updates). I think you should probably be able to navigate between the two at any time (here it looks like you replace the tabs with the breadcrumb). Do you think we should show some kind of notification for each tab? if so, how? Also, What do you think of a tab selection style something like this? [link]
I agree with the cramped comment, so what about this: [link]
The gear menu contains options for account information, download speeds and update frequency, although it could be a switchboard plug.
The reason for there being tabs rather than breadcrumbs was because I was being lazy and BassUltra's kit doesn't have them.
The idea for a notification badge only really applies to the updates, but its a valid idea. I'm not sure that a user need to be able to switch between them at all times, but returning to the home screen then going to updates isn't so terrible. However it is only now I notice a complete lack of back buttons anywhere (although the breadcrumbs solves this to some degree.
Hey looking better. I'm not sure about the :active styling for the check buttons (though I do love the check!). Maybe it'd be better to have the already checked ones go back to white?
Also, I'm not sure about the "Updating" bit using the :active style either. Would it be better for this to become insensitive?
I do love how you've integrated the Update settings into that tab. That's ace.
For the banner, instead of making the button border darker, just make the stroke for all buttons semi-transparent (that's actually what the theme does already). It'll fit in with your banner without having to have a special case
You might want to also try making the bottom stroke of your toolbar semi-transparent to look nicer with your banner. This is something I've really been wanting to do in the theme, but doesn't seem possible yet in GTK (at least not in 3.4).