App-tutorial overlay

Lukas Sabota punkrockguy318 at
Wed Jan 4 20:36:34 GMT 2006

Aigars Mahinovs wrote:

>I for one had no idea that clicking the siteicon in the URL bar of
>Firefox selects the URL. I wonder what other tiny hidden (ab)usability
>gems are hidden around the apps that we use every day on our Ubuntu
>systems? What if there were a "tutorial" application which would
>activate when you run some software for the first time and would
>overlay the window of the software with a bunch of "Try this" speech
>bubbles showing off nice features. In the center there could be a
>rectangular bubble describing the purpose of the software in one short
>paragraph. For very complex apps there could be a few "layers" of such
>notes (no more then 5).
>There should be a panel applet that calls back the "tutorial overlay"
>for the current app whenever you want to look at it again. Also users
>could be allowed to add their own notes and contribute them back for
>integration into next versions. Also, until one turns off the "newbe
>mode"  in his Ubuntu installation, he could get one random "tutorial
>hint" bubble displayed each time he launches an app (on second though,
>that would get annoying very soon).

Yeah, I can see that getting really annoying.  Reminds me of the helpful 
hints of XP.  Except in XP it's like cancer, you don't know how to get 
rid of it.

God bless,

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