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This thread was archived on 25 November 2008 by C Teng.

Can someone good with animations come up with a tutorial animation on how to update prices in the Exchange pages? The step-by-step instructions can be found at [[Template:GEPriceUpdateGuide]]. It would be nice if an animation shows how the update process is done, one step at a time. The animation would be added at the template page.   az talk   14:49, 19 October 2008 (UTC)

Just curious as to why is has to be animated, and simply not pictures included in the step-by-step instructions? Karlis (talk) (contribs) 16:43, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
It's just that the "visual space" within the template is limited, so I thought an animation would be a better option. The template has 7 lines, so the images would have to squeezed to fit into those 7 lines. In addition to that, pictures would be redundant as it will only repeat what already mentioned in those 7 lines. I would assume that people don't generally read those lines; which is why we get lots of "bad" price updates, where people forget to update the dates, only the "current price" but not the "last price", etc. I think that an animation could grasp the attention of the editor faster and more efficiently.   az talk   17:13, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
Well that was annoying, and all I wanted to say was that makes sense. Then we had to go into lockdown. =\ Karlis (talk) (contribs) 17:58, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

I made one myself using HyperCam 2 (Design 1), but someone with the proper tools can make a better animation. I know it has the annoying "Unregistered HyperCam 2" tag and the animation itself is of poor quality, but basically it captures the essence of the updating process in a single image.   az talk   18:21, 21 October 2008 (UTC)

I use a gamecam to film raid tutorials for WoW, if it is something like what you made you want, I could do that some time this afternoon. Karlis (talk) (contribs) 18:33, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
I hope you don't mind i touched it up a little bit and added text to clarify the actions (Design 2). ~kytti khat 00:10, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

Well by the time I got around to it, it appears Kytti khat already did some touch-up on yours. I'll post the one I made anyways (Design 3), guess we can decide which is better. Karlis (talk) (contribs) 00:27, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

I prefer Design 1 or Design 2. And here's why:

  1. Size: It is compact. We have a space constraint in [[Template:GEPriceUpdateGuide]] (up to 7 lines). The additional lines (after the Category) are unnecessary, and can be cropped.
  2. Pace: Design 3's pace is too slow, in my opinion. Is it because of the scrolling in the drop-down menu? Or that selection process? I dunno. We want to capture the attention of the person immediately, and it didn't work for me..
  3. Memory: It is smaller in size. I know the difference in bytes may be small. But, we need to load the animation pretty quick, well before the user attempts to update the price.

However, the Design 2's font colour should be standardised to RED. Red is, after all, the fastest colour.   az talk   14:13, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

It's funny, the animation I made was actually pretty fast when viewing it on my home computer, taking about 20 seconds. Here at work, it seems to be a lot slower. Karlis (talk) (contribs) 14:17, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
On a slightly different yet related note, I recorded a simple tutorial on how to add transparency, and after I saved it, my computer decided it was corrupt and deleted it. =( Karlis (talk) (contribs) 14:22, 22 October 2008 (UTC)
LMAO.   az talk   14:24, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

What do you mean standardised to red? The actions are colour coded and coordinated based on the actions, the highlight colour is about as standard as you get and no colour is faster than another. The animation could be made even smaller if the fonts were in simple black and white but that's just relatively common font smoothing and doesn't have too much overhead. ~kytti khat 00:33, 23 October 2008 (UTC)

A darker green (#009900) would be more preferable. And red is the fastest colour in physics. See these links:
Color Wavelength: http://www.usbyte.com/common/approximate_wavelength.htm
Organising information using colour: http://www.barefeat.com/research/color_perception.pdf
Colour theory: http://student.plattsburgh.edu/baue1017/colortheory.ppt   az talk   08:06, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
Sounds like fun. ~kytti khat 07:00, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
LOL. I'm merely responding to your statement ("no colour is faster than another") that red "is" the fastest colour. I added the links above to support my argument. Nobody has to agree with my opinion that red is better in this animation. The reason I put this up in Yew Grove is to get feedback, opposing views, and alternative designs. And on another note, I actually liked the one which was edited/clarified by Kytti. (I got the names of Karlis/Kytti mixed up.)   az talk   08:06, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Alternative designs

Should we vote?   az talk   08:06, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

I don't think a vote with mine is necessary. The one made by you and edited by Kytti is better than mine. =D Karlis (talk) (contribs) 18:06, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Integrating with Exchange pages

An example of how the image would appear in an Exchange page.   az talk   20:44, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

File:Price update tutorial.gif :Exchange:Spirit shield|view=price

It is a wonderful idea, and we've only got a few people in the community who have been discussing it, with no opposition. When are we going to get this rolling? I'd love to see new users updating the prices correctly. =D Karlis (talk) (contribs) 15:27, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
Since they are no objections (and it's been 1 week since), I'll get on the integration process right away. By the way, I'm choosing Design 1 since it has the cleanest look.   az talk   15:30, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
Sounds good, I thought it was a good one. Thanks for taking care of it! =) Karlis (talk) (contribs) 15:33, 29 October 2008 (UTC)