The web pages could use an overhaul
|Status:||Closed||Start date:||28 Aug 2015|
|Assignee:||Andreas Huggel||% Done:|
|Category:||website||Estimated time:||40.00 hours|
- It should have a fresher and more modern look and feel, and it should be responsive, i.e., adapt to different display sizes.
- Internally, the effort required to add new documentation, e.g., for new XMP namespaces, should be minimized.
- The API documentation should build with the current version of doxygen.
#1111: Adding logo_files. Includes SVG, EPS vector graphics and multiple resolution PNGs and GIFs
#4 Updated by Robin Mills over 2 years ago
r3913 Added website/logo_files This includes SVG and EPS vector graphics and various images in PNG and GIF format.
I have Adobe Illustrator which can easily create PDF, AI vector graphics and many image formats if required.
As well as purchasing the logo ($40), I've also purchased the maintenance package ($20) which allows unlimited edits for 12 months. So we have a year to rethink the logo without incurring further expense.
#6 Updated by Robin Mills over 2 years ago
- File Exiv2LogoMerchandising.pdf added
I purchased the Logo from here: http://www.freelogoservices.com
I believe I have purchased all rights to the logo to be used for any purpose. So I freely donate the ownership of the logo to the Exiv2 Project on the same terms that I donate code, time, documentation. The maintenance contract is between me and freelogoservices.com, and I don't believe this can be transferred. So, I'll have to make changes. Any team member can use the tools at freelogoservices.com to develop an alternative design. If we decide to adopt something different, I'll edit mine to match.
Incidentally, FreeLogoServices.com offer a great range of merchandising on which they'll display the logo. The Polo Shirt at $25 with the logo embroidered looks good value. There are many other items such as coffee-mugs, hats, T-shirts, note-pads, and stationery - even an iPhone case! I attach a PDF with examples.
#7 Updated by Andreas Huggel over 2 years ago
- File Screenshot_2015-09-19-18-25-20.png added
- % Done changed from 0 to 80
- 'bootstrapped' looks and in the process made the pages responsive - done
- builds with current version of Doxygen (tested with 1.8.6) - done
Any amount of tuning the pages is still possible of course. Haven't reviewed the steps to build new documentation yet.
This is the new 'callout' on the main page as seen on a smartphone:
#14 Updated by Robin Mills over 2 years ago
I've built this on the Mac by following the instructions in website/README. Apart from a v__version__ on the API/doc page, this looks really good. I've put it on http://clanmills.com/exiv2/ and tried it on the following:
1 Safari on Desktop and iPod
2 IE and Chrome on Windows 7
3 Edge on Windows 10
4 Native Browser and Chrome on a Sumsung Tab2 10.1 running Android 4.2.2
5 Firefox and Conqueror on Ubuntu 14.10
All look good. There's an oddity with Firefox not being able to load "Reader" mode. No link to Redmine.
#16 Updated by Robin Mills over 2 years ago
I didn't read the whole of website/README. I'll have a look at this later.
When I click "Reader" on the address bar, the page goes blank and there's nothing to read! It quite likely that Firefox is confusing the responsive code. I don't think it's worth bothering about.
#17 Updated by Andreas Huggel over 2 years ago
Robin Mills wrote:
1) Have you installed it on exiv2.org:8080 or something like that for testing?
Thanks for having done that in the meantime. My concern was more whether someone else can build it, which you also managed to apparently. (For browser compatibility it mostly relies on Bootstrap - other than on older versions of IE it should be fine.)
2) When are you thinking about a "Go Live"?
It would be best to launch this with the next release. Maybe we don't wait with that too long, from my side, I'd like to clean up that XMP namespace can of worms that we opened (and use it to address the 2nd point of this issue), then we can release as far as I'm concerned.
#19 Updated by Robin Mills over 2 years ago
I hadn't noticed that Google had modified their logo. The new design is very contemporary: clean/flat/simple.
The logo uses Albertus Medium and the TT is in the logo bundle: <exiv2dir>/website/logo_files/svg/Albertus_Medium.ttf Albertus was the least boring font available from Free Logo Services. Albertus isn't as boring as Helvetica: no criticism intended for your nation's greatest contribution to graphic design.
It's easy to edit the PDF in Illustrator. Do you know a graphic designer who can look at it with you? These things are very subjective and it takes a lot of experimenting to arrive at "ah yes. that's much better".
I'm happy to go along with any release schedule that works for you. I think it would be good to aim for a release every spring. 0.26 = 2016, 0.v27=2017 and so on. Releasing the new website with v0.26 seems good to me. I'd like to spend more time on CMake/Visual Studio and make the Build Server available to anybody. I think I can do that by Christmas. Can you go through the issues in Target "Review" and close anything that's dead or will never get attention. Let's use v0.26 to simplify the back-log.
What are your thoughts about external Adobe XMPsdk? #941
#22 Updated by Andreas Huggel over 2 years ago
Yes, that's right, thanks for the reminder about the Casio makernotes!
Alan, it's linked to the source code insofar as that the API doc is generated from the header files. So it's easier to release it all together. I vote for an early 0.26 release, once the website is ready and I've looked into #1116.
Robin, no I don't have access to someone with Adobe Illustrator. That's ok, not something urgent. Everything related to the XMPSDK, both upgrading it and (more so) externalizing it is hairy.
#23 Updated by Robin Mills over 2 years ago
Let's not bother about the Logo font. I spent a little time on this yesterday. It's easy to change, however finding "better" is subjective. I also tried drawing "Exiv2" with lines (instead of a font). That's easy as well, but better? Once more, it's very subjective.
Can you do one of three things with XMPsdk:
1) Move it to "Target" 1.0 (it'll be done eventually)
2) Open a new target 0.27 and assign #941 to 0.27 (and you or I will do it)
3) Leave it assigned to you for 0.26 (I can't commit to this for 0.26)
For v0.26, I'd like to achieve the following build projects:
1) CMake/Visual Studio to work solidly and reliably
2) enable users to requests builds from the buildServer
3) ensure buildServer CMake & Clang support is solid and reliable.
4) support Visual Studio 2013 and 2015
#26 Updated by Andreas Huggel over 2 years ago
Thanks Robin. Yes, I'm quite impressed how well Bootstrap works. Highly recommended! Are you suggesting to have a Redmine link on the index.html page? Did you see the button on the getting-started.html page? I was thinking of adding a link to the download page too, since it's not in the menu-bar anymore. As for the index.html page, I'm not so sure what to do with that yet. For now, it's just a very brief intro. I was actually considering removing links from it (those that point away from our site to external resources). But yeah, adding more content is another option of course, just what should we have there?
#27 Updated by Robin Mills over 2 years ago
I think you should put the "Community" button on index.html. Or possibly a "Community" link on the toolbar.
At the moment, from the home page, you have to go to "Getting Started", scroll down to "Community" (below the examples). A little obscure. It's quite possible for somebody to use exiv2.org and not discover Redmine!
Can you conifugure Redmine to use the Exiv2 Logo as I think that would improve the continuity between Apache and Redmine.
#28 Updated by Andreas Huggel over 2 years ago
Added a "Community" dropdown menu item and eventually managed to squeeze all so they still stay on one line as the screen gets smaller. For good measure, I also added a community link on the download page. Since it's a dropdown menu, it will just open on the first click rather than take you straight to the Redmine site, so you get a bit more info what awaits you and a second chance to decide if that's really what you want.
As for Redmine, I'd eventually like to make that bootstrap-themed, but that's a project for another day. Haven't looked at if and how it can display a logo yet.