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Enhance Sailfish tutorial [released]

asked 2013-12-30 23:33:14 +0300

gabriel gravatar image

updated 2014-04-13 13:30:28 +0300

The tutorial that came with my Jolla was ok - in fairness, I knew already how to use it, but if I think about it a bit more objectively, it doesn't cover a number of important areas, such as pages.

I believe the tutorial should be skippable for those who know what they bought and a bit longer for those who don't.

In contrast, remember the N9's tutorial - it was perfect, it had the little circles hinting you where to swipe from, it covered exactly everything that you needed. Nice and short. Granted, Harmattan didn't have as many advanced UX features as Sailfish does, so a better tutorial, or the current one with the option of "continue viewing" what the phone has to offer would be ideal.

This isn't a high priority thing, but I guess I'm thinking like someone who wants to recommend the Jolla to people who are used to UI's full of buttons such as Symbian/iOS/Android.

EDIT: I opened the tutorial to a person who never used a gesture based UI before, and I noticed that the first thing he tried to do was swipe extremely quickly, missing out on things like peeking, pulley menus, etc.. Perhaps insisting on those things would be a good idea, and perhaps including a mini video of how to do it. Of course he liked it, but mostly because he trusts my judgement, but that isn't the point I think ;-)

EDIT 2: I'm closing this one as the contains hints which should be sufficient enough. Tutorial doesn't work on a beer environment though, fandroids should be sober and willing to learn before attempting Sailfish :-)

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The question has been closed for the following reason "released in a software update" by 00prometheus
close date 2014-04-13 15:04:56.372958


Good suggestion. For a complete newbie a better tutorial can enhance the Sailfish experience a lot. Future version should also have an option to skip tutorial similar to Nokia N9 (for those who reset device).

molan ( 2014-01-10 20:45:57 +0300 )edit

Video should definitely be utilized. I, too, have tested how people handle the tutorial and I found out that absolutely nobody reads the instructions thoroughly enough. They rather did their best to follow the blue arrows (incorrectly) and assumed that would be enough and thus ignoring the text.

fercen ( 2014-01-13 17:26:17 +0300 )edit

Furthermore, it would be very important to have a thorough yet concise pack of the essential gestures and reasoning behind dropping the buttons. This device is being sold in non-online stores and without a tutorial like this, nobody will choose Jolla if that's not what they're specifically after.

fercen ( 2014-01-13 17:31:30 +0300 )edit

and cross-linking to my suggestion for a separate Jolla tutorial app (with some suggestions for what it should cover) https://together.jolla.com/question/14359/have-a-jolla-tutorial-app/

ymb ( 2014-01-13 17:33:56 +0300 )edit

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answered 2013-12-31 01:00:05 +0300

updated 2013-12-31 04:43:07 +0300

This is something we've been trying to gather from the beginning on jollausers.com forums. Though at the moment it's more like a place to quickly check the different gestures inside Sailfish OS, not an app. You can find our current version of the guide to Sailfish OS here (includes pictures): http://forum.jollausers.com/sailfish-news/sailfsh-os-tips-tricks-gestures-inside-the-os/

Anyone is free to register on the forums and contribute, and I for one highly support the idea of more guides to new sailors..!

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I appreciate your efforts, but this suggestion is more directed to Jolla to improve the first experience of a user. While having access to different community forums or this website itself is a plus, we know that most common users won't bother and having a better tutorial in the device is priceless.

gabriel ( 2013-12-31 12:00:56 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-04-13 13:30:59 +0300

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Enhanced enough in

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