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Doing mocks for the first version of AppCenter. That means the feature set needs to stay simple. No reviews or anything crazy yet. Just what data we get from a regular debian repository (plus screenshots).

I want to have some nice looking banners to spice things up a bit, but we don't have the resources to go design a ton and we won't have the bandwidth to host them. So, the idea here is to automatically generate a nice color scheme based on the icon's colors and created banners based on a few different layout templates.

Also, in the category grid, it should dynamically resize. So if you have an ultra-wide window, it can go to 3, 4, etc columns. But if you have an ultra small window, it should shrink back to just 1 (a list basically).
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AlexVonD Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Interface Designer
I noticed that you do not have any resources to design a bunch of banners and stuff like that. I would be willing to do a few here and there in illustrator. I will do it for free so I can get extra practice and so I can have a few more things to put into my portfolio. You can note me if you like and I will do some renderings for you.
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
The concept here was to generate banners in code using a few templates and a color scheme generating algorithm. We don't really have to resources to maintain banners for 3rd party developers and large images take up extra space on our servers.
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AlexVonD Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student Interface Designer
Ah, I am following now. That indeed would cause a large server load. For such a task you would need a heck of a server and possibly a MPLS in place. Good luck to you :)
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jesuisbenjamin Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
I want.
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RyanStewie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This looks amazing!
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:iconfabiozaramella:
FabioZaramella Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Perfect (except the blue install button in the firt pic)!!

i want to see this in eOS!!
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:iconeldelacajita:
eldelacajita Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Looks great!

It's a bit difficult to tell which ones are local apps and which are web apps, though. Maybe that could be improved.
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
There shouldn't be any web apps. Only native apps.
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eldelacajita Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Ok, so Facebook, Twitter or Gmail are out of place there?
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Or maybe they have native apps like they do on iOS and Android ;)
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:iconeldelacajita:
eldelacajita Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Oh, well... yes ;)
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eldelacajita Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Or are counting "desktopified" web apps like GWoffice as native apps?
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CassidyJames Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Interface Designer
GWoffice is very much a native app; it has a lot of plumbing in there for tabs and Granite stuff and account management. It _does_ use a webview for the editor, but it's actually a native, compiled Vala app.
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OttoRobba Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Interesting update. I specially like the icon/banner idea.

Regarding taxonomy, I do feel that there could be other ways for a person to find the application they want, perhaps through the use of tags (I'm thinking of David Weinberg's book here).

I'd be interested to see how the other screens would pan out, as the navigation is not complete here. Are you thinking akin to Google Play for the categories?
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Toxicbits Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
What do you think about a 'featured apps' section on the front page showing GUI applications depending on granite (omitting the packages needed for development)? Otherwise it might be a bit hard to find (3rd party) elementary apps, once they're available in the ubuntu repos.
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Oh man, you're a freaking genius. That's a brilliant way to find elementary apps.
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nsrosenqvist Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
(referring to the updated version) won't the application initially have a way to browse applications by category? You said "So if you have an ultra-wide window, it can go to 3, 4, etc columns", will it have a limit on how many columns it will adapt to? If you have a really large display, e.g. retina, and you have 8-10 columns it will be practically impossible to scan the list for what might interest you. I suggest that you have a limit on 3 columns and have the view centered in the window (like websites usually are). Then you can use those constraints to make a proportional and well designed view.

I guess that when you search you will get applications in a single column list like slingshot displays it?
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Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Icon positioning definitely looks better now ^^
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ArturoIlhuitemoc Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Your Twitter icon is still outdated.
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
haha I know. I'll update it someday
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G4Man2 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Interface Designer
It keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for the real thing!
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Seahorsepip Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
hmm the icon placement in the banner looks odd :/
Mght be because it's looking inset, but if ywe use a outset look it looks like a button .... Maybe a flat look with the banner being from left to right and maybe a slideshow?
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jalovcan Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Interface Designer
I can't wait when this will be in final version. I'm using eLuna in beta and it's the best and most beautiful linux distribution so far. :)
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BassUltra Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Its slated for L+1.
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snowex Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing!
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BassUltra Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
How about a 'Launch' button when the app is installed?
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Hrm. What if clicking the icon opened the app?
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CassidyJames Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I don't think the icon is entirely obvious. I wouldn't know that clicking it once it's installed makes it launch, when clicking it before it's installed doesn't do anything (or brings me to its app page if I'm somewhere else in the store).
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Malunon Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This'd be an amazing improvement over the Ubuntu store thingy
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gazornonplat Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks fantastically clean. Is AppCenter planned for Luna +1?
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animpostertookmyname Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Would AppCenter be a frontend for APT? If there is still going to be a package manager, I think it might be more user-friendly to bypass APT for most operations and just use DPKG and read the repos directly. If there isn't going to be a separate package manager, maybe a switch for "APT mode" could be devised.
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I'm not 100% sure whether it would be a frontend to apt-daemon or package kit or what. That would be for an engineer to decide ;)
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yayme Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
what's app center?
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DanRabbit Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
AppCenter is a concept for an elementary app store.
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eltk Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome :O
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MrIvaD Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it!
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anpep Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Artist
I love that download icon on the "Install" button <3
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Emphrase Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
looks too much like ubuntu software center.
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alfalive Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
looks looks. It should be fast! I hate the slowness of ubuntu software center.
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:iconden-animal:
den-animal Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
they literally look nothing alike
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Emphrase Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
big app name & description, huge icon, install button position...
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BassUltra Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's like every appstore on the planet.
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WHchaz1027i Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Simple and Clean, that's the way it should be.
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taxidriver89 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Love the simplicity of this AppCenter...
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AssassiNctc Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
I admire your work! Hope to see this in luna soon. Have you considered the idea of opening the preview photos in a lightbox-style window? Opening a new window inside an other and having to click the "x" icon to close it is what i consider bad design.
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jupiterfun Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
is elementary team working on this apps?
sorry for my bad english...
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Qw3rtz Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
I hope so!
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:iconjupiterfun:
jupiterfun Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
cool!
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RomanHinex Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Nice!
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Suitedtim Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I like the back and forwards arrows here much better than the chubby greens ones.
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