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Does user care about the details while loading?

I need to load some information on Android devices and showing a progress bar immediately came to my mind. Now here's the problem: The time it takes to get the content ready(download/decode/buffer) ...
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Will forcing response time to the average time as a minimum improve UX?

I have a situation where my Ajax call response time could vary from 14ms to 600ms, because of the complexity of a Query they could make. From my experience Users take for granted those 20-80 ms round ...
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Pros/cons of splash-screen with articifial loading delay

My firm has developed a small, domain-specific desktop GUI application. Being small, it loads fast (practically instantly) and initially presents a "home" screen, which in this app, is a kind of ...
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Why show the user 'There are n updates since page load, refresh to see them' rather than adding new data

On a page which features a list of items (such as stack overflow questions or quora), the site often polls for data but instead of displaying that data it instructs the user to refresh the page to see ...
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Progress bar completing too quickly

I have a progress bar that takes place after a user uploads a file while the backend is running some processes. It looks like a standard progress bar that fills as the processing completes, like so: ...
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What to show while a game is loading?

I would like to know what is the best solution to show while a game is loading? Do you think just showing a loading bar is enough, or is entertaining with a mini-game, like snake, the better ...
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Why are spinning animations typically used for loading sequences?

This question is asking about why spinning animations tend to used as "conventional" indefinite loading animations - it is not asking why a particular software/app/OS uses a spinner. Also the ...
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A single, long load - or multiple short loads, which would provide a better experience?

I have a very large, modular web application. When it starts I can do things one of three ways: A moderately long load time (about 60 seconds) to fetch all of the modules from the server (presented ...
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If you can't improve loading time, is distracting the user a good technique?

On several implementations I've worked with, loading times can be as high as four seconds for the start page. When all reasonable options are done, is it possible to distract the user to make the ...
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785 views

Wait/load indicator: Use built in browser functionality or display a custom indicator?

We have a bit of a discussion regarding the use of wait/load indicators in a project I am working on. The scenario: A click on an "open document" link possibly leads to a 2-5 second wait before the ...
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How to use “Greeked Text” —or fake content— to reduce anxiety in cases of long loading times

In cases where loading times are too long (more than a minute) does showing fake content or content placeholders while the application is loading data help reduce anxiety? I've only seen this in ...
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Is showing a loader inside a button on mobile a good practice?

On many apps the "loading" state is displayed inside a blank screen. I was considering having it directly inside the touched button but I wanted to know if it's something common. I don't have example ...
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How to load long-time-taking content?

We have a page that takes very long to load (approx. 15 seconds, might be even more for some clients) as the data it generates is heavy and slow. While we are trying to directly speed it up, 15 is ...
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With infinite scrolling/pagination, how should I handle the user loading page 2, but there being new content on page 1?

Say we're looking at a website like Reddit or Facebook where there's infinite scrolling involved, and things aren't necessarily sorted by time, but are sorted by some relevance factor that decides the ...
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2answers
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What is the optimal load time for a website before users abandon a mobile application or website?

Obviously the goal is for an application to load almost instantly but I am curious as to what the average time would be before users perceive an application or website as "too slow". So, I'm curious ...
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Size of Background Image for Landing Page

I am using a background image on my home page/landing page that's roughly 112kb and I've noticed my bounce rate being higher. Is this image beyond the threshold of load vs. appearance? The reason ...
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How should I alter my programs progress bar?

An application I have just been asked 'to take care of' has some interesting code features. One is that when it is loading up the login screen, it displays a 'splash' with a progress bar. This splash ...
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223 views

How to avoid “Loading fatigue”

I work at a company where our users run into a loading screen frequently. We can't preload the data because it's rather random. Right now we have a loading bar, and after a couple of times seeing it, ...
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What is the purpose of the “Press any button to continue” screen in games?

In a lot of games, there are intro movies from the various companies. After that there often is a screen which blocks further loading of game assets and asks to press any button. Then it just ...
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288 views

Does a loading animation on a websites initial load improve usability?

I'm working on a site where I am being asked to implement a loading animation on page loads. Essentially, the site will display a loading animation as soon as possible, which will go away once all of ...
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647 views

Are one-page web apps always better?

Does anyone have some instances or cases where onepage web applications (for example, a lot of AngularJS apps) are inferior to full loading pages? I'm not including technology, SEO, etc. Only from a ...
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Should I display UI asap and populate it later or show a preloader until I get my data?

I am working on a data-rich webapp using Meteor. I was previously considering that everything I can load should be loaded asap, and every part of my page depending on data should have its loader while ...
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For mobile apps, is it “best” to load data before transitioning screens?

In a mobile application you almost always make some sort of api call to fetch data to populate view elements on a screen. Say I am on a home screen (screen A) and want to transition to a profile ...
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Long loading bar vs. short loading bar?

When I have thought of this, I would think a longer loading bar is more enjoyable to the user, because even though whatever the are downloading/loading isn't happening faster, it seems to be happening ...
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Lazy loading with sort [closed]

I am working on an enterprise app that returns quite a few results from search. The users wanted to have lazy loading on the search results but also require sorting. My devs tell me the sort will not ...
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What's the best button progressbar?

I've made a sketch of different button progressbars, but I need to know which is the best one and why based on a few key factors: Perceived speed (fastest). Noise/Distraction level (least ...
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What are some accepted styles of Greeking for loading content?

There's a technique that Facebook uses in their Timeline where it'll show fake "content" blocks while it's waiting for the real content to load. From a distance, it looks like the content has already ...
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1answer
201 views

Loading GIFs, too many or too few

what are your opinions on loading gifs or spinners? I have some pages on my site that take a second to load up, and I am tempted to have a translucent overlay and spinner, but it looks irritating I ...
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2answers
614 views

Clockwise or counter-clockwise loading animation

Is there any rule for using CW or CCW loading animation? Does CCW animation means "slow" or "rollback" or something? Or maybe CW direction means going forward, straight direction etc? UPDATE: due ...
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How to communicate that new content has been loaded without a loader

We have just released a new version of our app and the feedback I have got is: Issue with the app loading too fast when user is takin an action Problem: The app is reloading so fast when ...
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1answer
167 views

How to indicate an element is loading without animation?

I'm working on a product detail page that contains a 'Table of Contents'. Due to some not so great API work, I'm in a weird situation. It takes between 10-20 seconds for the app to check if there is ...
3
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1answer
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What are the benefits of the new Marks and Spencer large image fade?

Marks and Spencer recently rolled out their new site. For those that haven't seen it, take a look, works well. http://www.marksandspencer.com/ Did you notice that the large image fills the screen at ...
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Can we avoid the preloader for image popup?

Simple scenario: User clicks on the image that opens larger image in lightbox. Translucent dark background appears and image starts loading. I created a test page for better understanding: ...
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Letting the user wait for shorten a link?

I have an application where I show a list of news. These news can be shared by the user (simple share-intent you can see in almost every android-application). However, I don't want the user to send ...
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How fast should a website load?

The title almost says it all. How fast should a website load? Searching this question brings a lot of different stories (most around 2011). Here they say that 50% of the users expect that the site ...
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4answers
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What's the cleanest option for a loading indicator in a login dialog?

I have a login dialog for a desktop application, something like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups When the user clicks on Login, the color of the ...
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How should long loading times be handled?

I am currently working on a way for users to generate a file that can vary in size, and this requires a lot of back-end processing before the user can download the file. I currently have a loading ...
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Is the marquee loading bar bad for user experience?

What is a Marquee loading bar? The highlighted part of the progress bar moves repeatedly along the length of the bar. You can start and stop the animation, and control its speed. Marquee progress ...
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Best message to display when migrating data?

The use case is this: users who downloaded a new version of an app will need to go through a data migration process after log in (which may last up to 1 minute) during which user data from an old ...
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Do I need to inform the user that a view on an iPad app is loading

I am designing and building an iPad app. Some pages on the app are blank when you first navigate to them prior to the page loading. Do I need to inform the user that the page is loading or do I just ...
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Loading time on mobile apps - user's experience and expectations

Every mobile app that loads data from the internet (and others too) has some time when the app is, well, loading data, and the user has to wait for the operation to finish. My questions are: Is ...
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Examples/Opinions on using (Facebook-style) placeholder/dummy content during wait/spinner processes?

I've read some articles recently touting Facebook's use of dummy content and text and image placeholders during load processes, stating that using a spinner wheel w/messaging alone can increase bounce ...
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1answer
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Is a Loading label / notification on link click / redirect necessary?

Is a Loading label / notification on link click / redirect necessary? Nowadays if I click a link the only sign that something is happening or processing is that the favicon on the tab changes into a ...
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2answers
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Modular loading

I'm building a web app that have 1 main feature and 2 sub features. The data that is displayed in these modules are pulled from a server and takes 1-2 seconds to load. I've chosen to save a cache of ...
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Displaying results in actionable form while they are still loading and rearranging

I'm working on an web-app which extracts information from user generated tips and reviews about places. Analysing is quite time consuming so extracted data has to be loaded/appended dynamically ...
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1answer
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How might Windows show a loading status instead of just freezing?

Every now and then, you'll have a bunch of desktop applications open in Windows. Let's say you have a word processor, a web browser, a music player, and video game open simultaneously. All of these ...
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Why do applications move themselves to the top after they finish starting?

As you have all probably experienced, it is common for some large applications to launch a 'loading' window that (usually) displays a progress indicator, etc, and then launches the application in a ...
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Does Loading page need a cancel button?

In recent work, I came across a problem when designing a loading page for an APP. Other coworkers suggest adding a cancel button on the loading page so that users can cancel loading when they don't ...
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Loading icon placement on login screen

I have provided the loading icon on the login button, but I am not 100% sure that if its good place to show loading icon. My question is Should I place the loading icon on the login button Should I ...
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Animated striped progress bar?

Having animated stripes on a progress bar might be useful to indicate that the system is still running and the computer did not hang up. Should the stripes be on the entire progress bar (with ...