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Revision as of 15:36, 19 June 2008

This page captures user scenarios in the p2 User Interface and discusses problems and issues in the workflow.

Original Goals

Most of the goals were derived from problems observed/reported in the previous UI (Update Manager). See Equinox p2 UM workflows for the equivalent scenarios.

  • Reduce click/decision counts
  • Move advanced concepts out of main workflows
    • required software details (automatic resolution)
    • repo management (alternate views of content)
    • mirror selection (automatic)
    • install locations (not supported)
  • Automatic updating should not interrupt workflow
  • Make it easier for users to get content they find on the web
  • Integrate "what do I have" with "what can I get"
  • Integrate "what do I have" with "what updates are available"
  • User-oriented error messages, higher level explanations
  • Code structured for multiple levels of integration (pluggable policies, different host dialogs, building blocks)


Scenario 1: Check for updates

  • Help >
  • Software Updates...


  • select Installed Software page
  • Update...


  • Next


  • I accept...
  • Finish

Click/decision count

  • 7 clicks/decisions (vs. 14 for UM)
  • Can reduce to 5 once a license has been accepted/remembered (vs. 12 with UM automatic mirror selection)

Scenario 2: What add-ons can I get?

  • Help >
  • Software Updates...


  • select Available Software page
  • expand each site, then categories, and checkmark desired items
    • P2BySite.jpg
  • OR view by categories, expand categories, and checkmark desired items
    • P2ByCategory.jpg
  • OR view by name, checkmark desired items
    • P2ByName.jpg
  • OR filter by name from any view
    • P2Filtered.jpg
  • Install...
  • Progress dialog followed by Install dialog
  • Scenario continues similar to update completion

Click/decision count

  • 3 clicks to get to browsing mode
  • alternate ways to find content
  • once items are selected for install, 3 clicks to finish (Next, I accept..., Finish) as in update scenario

Scenario 3: Found something cool on the web

Scenario 4: What do I have?

Scenario 5: Automatic Updating

Scenario 6: What's wrong with my configuration?

Scenario 7: What sites am I using


  • Implementation has same performance problems as UM did (user may have to wait a long time for content to fill in or for resolution to take place).
  • Original modeless ("dashboard") design forced modal due to implementation problems with progress reporting, keyboard handling, inconsistency with rest of Eclipse
  • Too much repo management forced on user
  • We haven't improved error reporting (some find it worse) - need to decipher resolution errors and report in user-friendly way
  • We removed detail about software requirements/underlying libraries. Some users want to know. Inconsistencies remain due to late-breaking issues (need to show licenses for all things even though user doesn't see those things anywhere else).


  • tweak the problems or step back?
  • unfolding of detail

Milestone plans

UI planning information has moved to Equinox p2 UI Plan