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Thinking about "The Welcome Page"

By Andrew Pollack on 08/20/2004 at 03:26 PM EDT

A strange experience yesterday -- and not the usual kind either. I was at a client's office talking about an application I'm building for them, and the conversation turned to the "entry point" on the application. This will be, for these users, the "critical app" they use day to day. I'd been thinking of this, and considering a frameset or some other kind of multi-view mode. She came right out with "You know, like the Welcome Page."

-- I'm an old time Domino guy -- I still use double right click to close windows, and I'm hopelessly tied to the old workspace page despite the fact that my workspace page is terribly out of order and poorly managed and not used much for anything like what it used to be.

So, now I'm working on a "welcome" page to the application, maybe a "dashboard" or a frameset or page with elements embedded on it -- I'm not sure yet what it will be -- but its got me thinking about my own desktop again. I usually launch right into the mail client, use side icons to hit my most common resources -- but not all of them. Then I hit the workspace when I want to "do something".

Have any of you other old-timers moved on past this?

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You have mailBy Bruce Elgort on 08/22/2004 at 12:12 AM EDT
Sent you some screen shots of some custom welcome pages. Let me know what you

I think those are great -- you're a gifted U.I. programmerBy Andrew Pollack on 08/22/2004 at 09:18 AM EDT
As always, I think your work on the U.I. makes great sense to a great many
people, and many would be very interested in those designs. You should add a
My own thoughts on this are...By Colin Williams on 08/23/2004 at 04:05 AM EDT
Yeah Bruce, how about sharing those with the rest of us eh?! :)
Let me see what I can doBy Bruce Elgort on 08/23/2004 at 01:21 PM EDT
Some of the ones I sent Andrew were not done by myself, but by a collegue. I
am checking now to see if I can post.
That would be fab!By Colin Williams on 08/24/2004 at 12:22 AM EDT
Would be great if you can post 'em - otherwise I'd be keen on an email copy
also?! :) Sometimes a bit of inspiration can go a long way - see here for my
recent plea for inspiration >
Ask and you shall receiveBy Bruce Elgort on 08/24/2004 at 06:52 PM EDT
I do a mixed bag...By Christopher Byrne on 08/26/2004 at 11:05 AM EDT
I use the Workplace UI in 6.5.2, but have the Workspace in the applications
"space" in 6.5.2 so I can get to it quickly.

Personally, I think that unless your client totally integrates all of their
applications into this metaphor, it may be a useless exercise. Unless of course
this is their first step towards an integrated portal.

Just my 1.5 cents.:-)

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