Posted by member 385545 on 2007-10-10 05:12:51
Before I begin this, I'd like to point out that I have not yet installed LiteStep. The feedback is based upon my few hours of surfing around, reading regular forum posts and download descriptions.
I like the website as a whole. It has nice colours that don’t strain the eyes when you surf around for a long period of time; the interface is easy to use, and thankfully not bloated with nifty features that slow down my surf experience. However, I did find a few places that in my opinion could use some polishing:
1. The screenshots of LiteStep on the front page are too small to get an idea about what it is, and there is no way to make them bigger.
2. I would love to see more information on the front page about the powers of LiteStep and how it will change your windows experience forever. Take the most important features and highlight them separately with some nice close-up screenshots.
3. The general download section is OK. The various sections are displayed with short but good informative text. But if there is more than one file to download within each subsection, the separation (the amount of white space) between the files could use some improvement. Either increase the amount of white space between the files or make the font for the “Name:”–header bigger. Or maybe reorganize the layout elements completely.
4. Maybe the brilliant programmers behind LiteStep could cook up an updated installer that integrates the latest version of LiteStep and have it placed on the front page of the website. I really don’t understand why the download is hidden away in a subsection in the download area (that furthermore requires registration), when clearly the main purpose of this website should be to advocate LiteStep as the best thing next to sliced bread with an easy-to-use install feature.
Besides the fact that the installer always should incorporate the most recent version of LiteStep, the user could be given various choices to which modules will be installed and whether or not a default theme will be made available:
Standard Installation (Recommended) – This will install LiteStep with most commonly needed modules for newer themes and a new cool standard theme designated by the LiteStep crew. This is the default installation option.
Full Installation – This will install LiteStep with all modules and a new cool standard theme designated by the LiteStep crew.
Custom Installation (Experts only) – This will install LiteStep with whatever modules the user decides to include. Furthermore, the user will be given the choice to install a new cool standard theme designated by the LiteStep crew.
If bandwidth is an issue, make separate downloads available:
1. Full install (installation file will present the user to all of the above possibilities).
2. Standard install (a download that installs LiteStep as a Standard Installation).
3. Minimum install (LiteStep installer only – no modules and no theme).
4. Build install (for experts who don’t trust installers and prefer manual labour).
The installer should also search the user’s system for “msvcp60.dll” and have it copied to the correct directory, in case it’s not present on the targeted system – or skipped if the user has a more recent version of the file.
And of course it should be able to merge the settings of any previous installed version of LiteStep with the currently installed version.
Cheers all. :)