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Implement UI for number of updates available in the footer #3518
I believe we've had this discussion in voice or e-mail so I thought I would open a github issue to track. In light of the improvements to the CM that @Akarshit and @alignedleft are working on, I am wondering if we need the "there are updates available" pop-up. For me, the pop-up appears a good time after Processing first launches and always seems to be in my way. I believe I can turn it off in the preferences under "Allow update checking" but I'm unclear on this preference -- I would like to allow update checking, but I just don't want a pop-up. Is there a better way we could indicate there are updates available perhaps in a menu or with a small icon in the PDE itself? Or should the pop-up have a "don't show again" checkbox?
Great idea. I would love to see a smoother UI for updates, but my sense was it perhaps was too much to tackle as part of 3.0.
I believe the way we last left this, we said we'd keep the existing "PDE update available" popup dialog, but there would be no such update notifications for contributions — those would all appear in the CM.
Generally, I support the idea of communicating "updates available" to the user, especially in a form less intrusive than a popup, yet more actively than hidden in the CM window. A small badge/icon in the PDE window or even a menu item (e.g., "Updates (3 available)…") make sense to me. (I can't speak to whether or not now is the time to implement that.)
Let's figure out something less intrusive than a popup, like a red dot in the interface somewhere appropriate. We can have the popup show instantly (the delay is actually in the code was inserted by someone to not further annoy users by getting in the way before they can even do anything), but I think it's annoying no matter what.
Thinking out loud, we could potentially even have a new icon show up on the right-hand side of the toolbar... But adding a preference to paper over bad design choices is never a good route.
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Propose removing "updates available" pop-up
Implement UI for number of updates available in the footer
Aug 8, 2015
@JakubValtar if you have time today, could you look into where in the CM code we need to have this fire an event to editor windows based on 1) when the contribs list is first downloaded and we have a count, 2) when an update (or several) happen(s) so that it can be changed to the correct value, and 3) any other cases where it needs to be changed? Have that call a new