Bug 442525 - Feedback for the new progress spinner in Plasma
Summary: Feedback for the new progress spinner in Plasma
Alias: None
Product: plasmashell
Classification: Plasma
Component: Theme - Breeze (show other bugs)
Version: 5.22.90
Platform: Neon Linux
: NOR normal
Target Milestone: 1.0
Assignee: visual-design
Depends on:
Reported: 2021-09-16 14:03 UTC by David Hurka
Modified: 2021-09-17 17:56 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

See Also:
Latest Commit:
Version Fixed In: 5.87

New throbber on Kate icon (1.81 KB, image/png)
2021-09-16 14:03 UTC, David Hurka
Old throbber on Kate icon (2.06 KB, image/png)
2021-09-16 14:05 UTC, David Hurka

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Description David Hurka 2021-09-16 14:03:28 UTC
Created attachment 141593 [details]
New throbber on Kate icon

This is about the throbber which appears on top or next to an icon when you clicked it, and the action it performs needs some time to complete.
For example, clicking an application launcher in the plasma panel, or connecting to a network in the Networks widget.

The previous throbber was a circle line that faded rotationally.
The new throbber is an 8-teeth gear outline, which looks like the KDE logo.
But it is hard to see.
It barely changes its appearance while rotating, because it repeats 8 times rotationally, and the teeth are too small.
It is also slightly smaller than the previous one, so it does not rotate around most icons, but within them.
Because most application icons are blue too, it is even harder to see.

KDE neon 5.22
KDE Plasma Version: 5.22.5
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.86.0
Qt Version: 5.15.3
Comment 1 David Hurka 2021-09-16 14:05:11 UTC
Created attachment 141594 [details]
Old throbber on Kate icon
Comment 2 Nate Graham 2021-09-16 14:15:01 UTC
Yes, we're not super satisfied with it and are considering replacements.
Comment 3 Nate Graham 2021-09-17 13:46:46 UTC
Git commit 6f8eae0ca24e1ca7e816906042cb8b6b14886698 by Nate Graham.
Committed on 17/09/2021 at 13:43.
Pushed by ngraham into branch 'master'.

Revert "Change busywidget to a gear"

This reverts commit aafe6523cc0fe809d03fb6b98c624ac3c0f49973.

This change has not been well-received by users, and exposes a
conceptual issue with how app launch animations are currently handled in
Plasma, with the loading spinner simply re-used as an overlay on top of
the app icon. This constrains possible designs for the spinner because
the backgrounds it will be displayed on top of differ gratly in these
usages; what looks good in one context may not look good in the other.
We will have to find another way.
FIXED-IN: 5.87

M  +35   -45   src/desktoptheme/breeze/widgets/busywidget.svg

Comment 4 David Hurka 2021-09-17 17:56:30 UTC
Could the circle line of the existing spinner be modified, so it resembles a sector of the KDE gear? The mean radius and the conical fade would stay.