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This evening, I'm upgrading a modern operating system, and it displays the progress bar below. What's important here? It gives you two (equally) important bits of information:
A) What the install's doing at the moment, and;
B) Where we are in the overall install process.

I know this goes against the "give the user flashy dialogs that distract them and don't tell them where they are in the install" meme, but you really really need to go (back) to this.



Image:IBM, Lotus, Microsoft, et al - Here’s a PROPER upgrade dialog box progress bar: Steal THIS UI idea!

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Craig Wiseman August 17th, 2010 09:33:39 PM

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1) IBM, Lotus, Microsoft, et al - Here’s a PROPER upgrade dialog box progress bar: Steal THIS UI idea!
Timothy Briley 8/18/2010 1:48:23 AM

No way. It's too practical.

2) IBM, Lotus, Microsoft, et al - Here’s a PROPER upgrade dialog box progress bar: Steal THIS UI idea!
Craig Wiseman http://www.wiseman.La/cpw 8/18/2010 9:30:23 AM

@Tim Indeed.

On a side note - I hope you're up partying @ 1:48am!

3) IBM, Lotus, Microsoft, et al - Here’s a PROPER upgrade dialog box progress bar: Steal THIS UI idea!
Kevin Pettitt http://www.lotusguru.com 8/18/2010 1:15:14 PM

I don't know if it started when IBM stilled sold Thinkpads under it's own brand, but for several years the "Thinkvantage System Update" tool has used a similar dialog UI for its progress. Definitely handy when you're updating multiple pieces of software in one go.


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