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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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6answers
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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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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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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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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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2answers
651 views

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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2answers
247 views

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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2answers
774 views

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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3answers
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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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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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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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3answers
539 views

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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3answers
310 views

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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6answers
882 views

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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1answer
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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
140 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
457 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 ...
3
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2answers
382 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 ...
3
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1answer
113 views

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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3answers
318 views

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: ...
3
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1answer
68 views

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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4answers
674 views

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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3answers
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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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2answers
213 views

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 ...
2
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2answers
280 views

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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1answer
112 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 ...
2
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1answer
68 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
144 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
193 views

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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2answers
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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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176 views

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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1answer
477 views

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 ...
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2answers
57k views

Why does YouTube not cache videos anymore? [closed]

A while ago youtube changed its cache system. Now when you watch a video, if you click backward on timeline, the video will be downloaded again, and youtube does not read it from cache. It is very ...
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1answer
58 views

What is the best position to show Loading Indicator?

I am developing a mobile app which would be available on iOS, Windows and Android. My app calls various web-services to load data . Now, I want to place a loading indicator but I am confused about ...
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2answers
91 views

Feedback during long multipart operations

I tend to deal with the UI parts of a large product we are building where I work, today I had a disagreement with my boss about how to handle some potentially long operations on the android app which ...
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2answers
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Is showing a blank page preferable to showing an empty one?

TL;DR: If you don't care about the context of my question, you can jump down to the images, under "Question." Background I'm modifying an exeisting web application--think "social network," ...
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1answer
101 views

Which indefinite progress spinner is better? [closed]

I have two styles of "indefinite progress" spinner to choose from: They are both variations of the typical , but The First spins the entire image, while The Second rotates which shade of grey ...
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1answer
72 views

loading/processing operation, full-page or localized?

In a web aplication with lots of possible operations is it better to have a full-page overlay while loading/processing opertations or to have localized loadings for each operation. I think the ...
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1answer
110 views

Loading dynamic or location based content

What is the best way to approach loading states of content that is localized or geo-located? In the attached example, I am loading the closest doctor and information related to such based on browser ...
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1answer
106 views

Loading message

I have page that contains a list of tenants that are currently active. To add a new one, there is a link to a full page form that adds the new client to the list of active tenants. This operation ...
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How to interpret Google Analytics Site Speed data [closed]

I'm seeing fairly regular jumps in my website's page load time and I'm trying to determine with confidence that this is due to being on a shared host. It seems there is a strong correlation between ...
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0answers
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Faster Image loading like facebook? [closed]

I noticed that, images on facebook loads probably in a little different way(besides resizing/cdn), like load part by part of the images and aggregate them into final image. Is my assumption correct? ...
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2answers
106 views

Application startup time [duplicate]

Is there some science going on that tells us lousy developers what users expect from an enterprise desktop-application in terms of application startup time? My application uses a splashscreen that ...
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3answers
134 views

A possible way to make a page load immediately even on slow connections

I don't know if someone has already come up with a swiss-knife solution to the problem, but I want to discuss a possible one with you. Suppose that you are on a "New Post" type page and have to do ...
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4answers
252 views

Showing a loader for longer than required because it looks good?

Strange question this :) Basically I have a website whereby lots of the loading/posting to a database is done with ajax. At the moment there are no loading screens. As such if something breaks the ...
0
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1answer
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Loading pages like facebook wall posts

Recently I am seeing there is change is UX pattern while loading many sites. They no longer show loaders/block screens. They display empty blocks and as soon as data is available replaces with same. ...
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1answer
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Data syncronization standard

I have two questions about the standards of data loading from an URL (data syncronization). Here is my first question. I have an application with a slide menu, where each page has different data. ...