ElChristou wrote:We have Tx to Guckytos a first idea of our eventual target: "people who are interested in space and astronomy and want to be able to visit things in 3D"
That represent a very large range of people/needs/habits.
What we can do immediately is cutting this in two, hobbyists and professionals. No problem with the Pro, they are easy to spot. The Hobbyist will be all people who's professional field is not linked to astronomy, astrophysics, space exploration and so on. Eventually we could do a subgroup of them with educators vs the others. But for now let's try to work with these two basic groups.
Can we try to do a bit of thinking to understand the differences between these 2 groups?
A Professional need efficiency. A professional need to see what he is looking for quickly without losing time. The logic in the steps to go from an idea to a visual result must be crystal clear. For the Pro (shorter!), considerations about design or estheticism is the last of the preoccupation. The Pro do have already some habits. If he can find the same feel and touch than other software he is used too this is great. The pro of course have needs linked to his particular field, but this point cannot be discussed without the Pro himself.
The Hobbyist need to dream. The Hobb (shorter!) need possibilities. The Hobb is curious, want to discover and to learn. The Hobb need a smooth experience, the steps to navigate throw this possibilities should be logical and not too complex (don't forget the Hobb can be aged from 7 to 77!). Design or aestheticism can be used to improve the global experience. The Hobb can lose track and lost himself in whatever corner of the frame we are proposing, that's not a problem.
Efficiency, hm somehow virtual textures comes up in my mind.
And about the fictional versus no fictional, please don't make celestia restrictive for addon developers and start a flamewar about it here.
Instead allow the addon's to have a property that says what is real and / or fictional and have a setting for displaying only real and or fictional stuff.
As it's now, celestia needs a more intuitive and flexible addon system and improvements in UI and visualization in general.
(Labels and background labels, things like the visibility issues are not good for Celestia)
It's usable for people who have some computer skills but not yet for everybody that could be reached.
About making celestia more interesting in the long run.
Making an option that in the right-click menu, there can be downloaded addons about the selected object?
Preferably with minimal user intervention, streamlined experience.
And when celestia is installed (when the installation procedure is finished) provide an option to go to the celestia motherload.
Addon's make Celestia interesting, making addons easy installable will make Celestia even more enjoyable and interesting.
Making visible that there are addons, stimulate people to right-click on objects and discover stuff.
People must be showed that there are hundreds of addons that enhance Celestia.
And installation must go more streamlined than it's now to attract a broad, not very computer savvy public.
There are already stuff like AltTexture for showing a planet with alternate textures and stuff.
Why not make a whole AltUniverse possible with a few simple clicks?
Being able to set a few parameters (based on addon meta data and sorts every addon installed)
on a whole universe in celestia and save it to a configuration file would be a awesome.
AltUniverse > OnlyRealStuff, OnlyFictionalStuff, Everything, Star Trek Universe, ...
This would be a neat solution for the Fictional vs Real supporters.
Don't make or say we need to make multiple interfaces before we have to.
Unification is a beautiful thing in interfaces, so is simplicity and consistency.
Both the professional and hobbyist want to have efficiency AND possibilities.