I am a UI guy, meaning UI is very important to me. Both in terms of usability as well as in terms of design. I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of the new Eclipse 4 design, but I want to point out that I do see improvements from 4.2 M5 to 4.2 M6. Firstly, the splash screen. I did not like the original Eclipse 4 splash screen at all (no offense). The current splash screen looks much better imho. My personal color reception has some small issues with the (azure blue) background in conjunction with the (more purple) Eclipse logo but overall I like the new splash screen.
Here is the old 4.2 M5 splash screen:
and here is the new 4.2 M6 splash screen:
You might think: Who cares about the splash screen? Actually many people do care because that’s the first thing you see when you launch a new software product. I you like it and find it great, then it is more likely that you also like the actual software.
Another improvement is the enabling and disabling of some icons. The picture below shows 4.2 M5. The disabled save and save-all icons are rendered monochrome.
In 4.2 M6 it looks much better:
You might also notice that now the Package Explorer tab got a gradient background. These are little things but In my point of view they sum up. And all these little things make the overall experience more delightful and give the product a more professional touch.
My last question is: Do you think I am a nitpicker or do you agree with me?
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