Hmm, various and different opinions, so I'll add one more.
Currently, the dialog we discuss looks like this:
As you can see in the screenshot above, there are three areas/ways that display the current progress:
Windows Title: Progess in percent + Time left.
Middle: Log info
Bottom: Progress bar with progress in percent to the right.
Personally, I think that the status info is a bit too much cluttered. But let's have a look at the various areas:
The window title is used in the taskbar and shown when switching task using the keyboard short cut or the task manager. It can be useful to see the percentage and thus the current progress of the conversion. I think some status info should be kept in the window title to indicate the progress, percentage completed and remaining time is good status info (the only thing that I don't like is that the two infos are opposite values, completed versus remaining).
I have two suggestions, though:
1 - Modified titlebar
Currently, the window title says '45 % 67 second(s) left - Batch processing', for example. Instead, the window title should say "XnConvert - 45% processed - 67 seconds remaining" (XnConvert is used for batch processing - anyone downloading and installing should be know this, already, so the title 'batch conversion' is superfluous). Once conversion is finished, the window title should change to "XnConvert - 100 % processed". The part "0 seconds remaining" can be removed, I think.
2 - Minimizable window
The window could be made minimizable. Thus, the user can minimize during conversion and restore the image if he/she wants. There might be an option to "Restore minimized window when conversion is finished" which will make sure that the user is notified when the conversion is finished. Please note that I'm not 100% sure about the use and usage, here.
Enhanced log / info
I think the exact start time, end time and other stuff might be interesting for the user:
Start time: 23.01.2011 21:09:33
End Time: 23.01.2011 21:32:45
Total Duration (hh:mm:ss): 00:23:12
Total Duration : 1.392
Minimum conversion time : 0.2
Average conversion time : 0.5
Maximum conversion time : 1.6
Input files: 108
Conversions successful: 99
Conversions failed: 9
BTW, which status info does nconvert output after a conversion?
This info could be written into the log, alternatively the tab page could be modified, e.g.:
Please note that the tab was renamed from "Log" to "Status".
Opinions and comments are welcome!
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