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kkremitzki
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Re: FreeCAD Website Design

Postby kkremitzki » Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:47 pm

It might be good to add some sort of icon to indicate that 'community' is a dropdown menu.
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Re: FreeCAD Website Design

Postby AR795 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:32 pm

I added the dropdown icon next to 'Community'. Here's how it looks now https://sharazali.github.io/FreeCAD-Homepage/.
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Re: FreeCAD Website Design

Postby Kunda1 » Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:11 pm

Yes, good idea @kkremizki
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Re: FreeCAD Website Design

Postby chrisb » Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:50 pm

+1
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Re: FreeCAD Website Design

Postby triplus » Mon Mar 18, 2019 11:38 pm

Nice.
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Re: FreeCAD Website Design

Postby NormandC » Sun Mar 31, 2019 7:03 am

Hello,

We are nearing the announcement for the 0.18 release, binaries are still missing but on the way.

I would like to propose a change on the Download page. In my opinion, we put too much emphasis on the AppImage; it is not the only way to install FreeCAD on Linux, FC 0.18 is already available on the Snapcraft store (thus the Ubuntu store) and on Flatpak, not to mention that Ubuntu users aren't even aware that a PPA exists. The Notes below mentions other methods, but they are off screen by default, the visitor has to scroll down, but who will do it with no clear indicator about it?

I would like to see something like this:
FC_website_download_button_linux_01.png
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The "Other options" text (alternate wording proposals welcome) would be a link to either the Notes for GNU/Linux users header lower down the page, or a link to the Install on Unix wiki page. Of course, colour and shape of the text to be improved. ;)

If we go with an internal link, here's my proposal for changing the header and text; I moved the text about install from official repos to the end, since this is usually the least desirable option due to an outdated package.
Installing on GNU/Linux

The AppImage above will work on most recent Linux distributions, mark it as executable and launch it without installation. FreeCAD is also available from our own PPA repository for Ubuntu, as a snap package in the Ubuntu App store, as well as on Flathub. FreeCAD can also be installed from most Linux distributions official repositories, but the version they provide might be quite dated and be missing many features.
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Re: FreeCAD Website Design

Postby chrisb » Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:02 am

Your proposal is already a major improvement, but I would go even further. It still looks as if the Appimage is the recommended way of installing on Linux, while I think it should be the ppa. So I would like to see the Appimage at least on par with the ppa, perhaps with a fourth button, one for "Linux install from repository" and one for "Linux standalone version".
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Re: FreeCAD Website Design

Postby easyw-fc » Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:37 pm

I think we should also offer the Conda Py3/Qt5 option under windows button choices.
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Re: FreeCAD Website Design

Postby Kunda1 » Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:41 pm

Image
I've said it before, but I think the Krita/Blender folks have it down pat.
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Re: FreeCAD Website Design

Postby NormandC » Sun Mar 31, 2019 5:32 pm

chrisb wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 10:02 am
I would go even further. It still looks as if the Appimage is the recommended way of installing on Linux, while I think it should be the ppa.
But the PPA is only for Ubuntu, Linux Mint and derivatives. It is not compatible with all the other distros.