JDK-6769840 : Replace orange "Java logo" animation
  • Type: Enhancement
  • Component: deploy
  • Sub-Component: plugin
  • Affected Version: 6u10,6u14
  • Priority: P3
  • Status: Closed
  • Resolution: Fixed
  • OS: generic,windows
  • CPU: generic
  • Submitted: 2008-11-11
  • Updated: 2010-09-08
  • Resolved: 2009-01-21
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6u12 b02Fixed 7Fixed
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The default orange "Java logo" animation displayed while loading applets is a recurring topic on the Java forums, where developers consistently want something less intrusive and point out that competing technologies do not have a built-in splash screen. A recent mention of this (though not the only one) can be found at http://forums.java.net/jive/thread.jspa?threadID=52873 . It is pointed out on this thread that the Java coffee cup used as a placeholder when an applet has been dragged out of the browser is much more appealing.

Based on this feedback, we should seriously consider replacing the orange Java logo animation. One suggestion would be to use the same placeholder Java logo as in the dragged-out applet case, but with the curves for the steam animating back and forth, and a diminutive progress bar underneath. It could fade away in the same way as the current one to point to java.com if desired.

We should take this customer feedback to heart and implement a visual improvement in this area in the near future.

EVALUATION Based on customer feedback, replaced the orange "Java logo" animation with a vector graphic "spinner" animation based on the new JavaFX applet branding scheme. The new animation obeys the boxbgcolor and boxfgcolor applet parameters for better integration with the surrounding web page. The minimal set of code changes were made. Only the orange logo animation has been swapped out, by introducing an abstract base class and copying the necessary code into the new subclass. Support for replacing the animation altogether with an animated GIF is unchanged.