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    battlebottle

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    The Silverlight client loading splash screen is pretty unbelievably bad imo. It's massively tacky looking at best and on channel 9, the background is dark gray for some reason which clashes badly with the radial gradient loading animation and the percentage text. Given that Silverlight is meant to offer designers a chance to create very stylish and dynamic web experiences having and ugly loading screen that they have no control over seems a bit lame. any standard ajax loading gif animation would look a thousand times better. At least thats how i feel. 

    Pretty big fan of Silverlight and were it's going otherwise.

    But really, am i really the only one who found this a particularly annoying design decision?

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    magicalclick

    It looks nice for me. About overwriting your own loading screen, it is mostly a marketing decision I guess.

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    davewill

    @battlebottle: The design seems fine to me.  The dark text on dark background does need fixing.

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    PerfectPhase

    The default is pretty plain, but it's not that hard to change and make your product look a bit more professional.

    http://channel9.msdn.com/shows/SilverlightTV/Silverlight-TV-Episode-6-Creating-Custom-Pre-Loaders/

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    W3bbo

    Even Java lets developers customize the applet loading screen.

    Silverlight is meant to be a competitor to Flash, but Flash has no loading screens built-in at all; it plays from the first-frame (though developers/designers are free to implement their own loading screens if necessary). It just reflects badly on Silverlight, and yes, it does look awful, especially as the '%' figure is always in black and so is impossible to read on dark backgrounds.

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    PerfectPhase

    @W3bbo:So what does flash do while the primary swf is downloading?  Silverlight has the pre-loader, what we are talking about, and the main loader, which like flash is down to the the app developer to write.

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    W3bbo

    , PerfectPhase wrote

    @W3bbo:So what does flash do while the primary swf is downloading?  Silverlight has the pre-loader, what we are talking about, and the main loader, which like flash is down to the the app developer to write.

    Flash renders as it downloads the SWF (not just talking about *.flv here), as soon as it has the first frame it starts playing it. The SWF will pause until the next frame is loaded, if necessary.

    The SWF plugin itself displays a simple solid color until it gets the first frame of the SWF; if the video can't be found you get the message on the context menu.

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    PerfectPhase

    @W3bbo: So flash has a solid colour until it's first frame, silverlight has a customizable spinner until it starts executing.  Doesn't sound that different to me.

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    Duncanma

    @W3bbo: As far as I know, and other people have mentioned, we *can* override this screen... we just haven't

    So yes, our bad... Channel 9 has an ugly loading screen... but I wouldn't generalize that to a Silverlight vs. Flash issue... Silverlight allows us to do better.

     

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    dentaku

    I think the contrast of the black text on the very dark grey background is pretty bad and the blue is even a bit too dark too.

    So yes Duncan, it could be better.

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    PerfectPhase

    @dentaku:  It's actually the default loader, it's just the preload is transparent, so it's showing through the colour of the div behind the silverlight control.  So the black on nearly black could be fixed on this site without touching the silverlight control.

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