Unity lacks generic application launch feedback

Bug #638319 reported by Mikko Ohtamaa on 2010-09-14
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
Jason Smith
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Meerkat netbook beta.

You can launch applications in many ways in Unity (Ubuntu menu, task bar, applications menu).

The common problem for all methods is that they lack feedback. After a click you do not know whether the application is loading or not (or silenty crashed during start). This is problematic if the application allows many instances to launch: the user keeps clicking the app icon and the application will be launched many times.

After the application has loaded, it suddenly jumps on your eyes - hopefully there would be at least some sort of window effect.

Related branches

 status confirmed
 importance medium

We should at a minimum put a placeholder icon in the Launcher when we
get a startup notification.


Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Confirmed

What I suggest here is to follow OSX:

When an application is started the icon placeholder in Unity launcher is instantly allocated and animated with "the application is launching" animation. Later, when the application gets to a point it is able to run on its own, the icon ownership is assigned to the application.

 status confirmed
 importance medium


Sorry! I must be sleeping or something - I didn't notice Mark's comment.

But if two minds think alike it must be a great idea :)

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2010-11-25
Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Neil J. Patel (njpatel) on 2010-11-25
Changed in unity:
assignee: nobody → Jason Smith (jassmith)
milestone: none → 3.2
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package unity - 3.2.0-0ubuntu1

unity (3.2.0-0ubuntu1) natty; urgency=low

  * New upstream release:
    - Clicking a second time on a menu item does not dismiss it (LP: #661048)
    - FavoriteStore re-ordering support (LP: #676106)
    - Quicklist menu item testing - part 1 (LP: #676030)
    - Base Quicklist Menu Items (LP: #676013)
    - Tooltip launcher don't appear in unity compiz (LP: #675486)
    - The migration script should be migrated to gsettings
      (LP: #680873, #652785, #655175)
    - Launcher clickable-area does not extend to left edge of screen
      (LP: #677573)
    - The ws switcher is always visible if launcher in floating and autohide
      mode (LP: #677554)
    - add application startup notification (LP: #638319)
    - Unity appears on top of gnome-screensaver (LP: #677705)
    - launcher tooltips hover over gnome-screensaver (LP: #652937)
  * debian/control:
    - don't recommend ubuntu-netbook-default-settings anymore
    - change the description
    - bump build-dep on latest nux
    - add libstartup-notification0-dev build-dep
  * debian/rules:
    - try a slighter best solution for netbook-launcher virtual package, thanks
  * debian/unity.install:
    - no more gconf file to install
  * debian/libunity3.symbols:
    - updated to latest and greatest
 -- Didier Roche <email address hidden> Thu, 25 Nov 2010 19:46:58 +0100

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
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