pointless progress bars

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by ernie16, Feb 17, 2007.

  1. ernie16

    ernie16 Guest

    Has anyone else noticed that the progress bar indicators of newer software
    are quite pointless? I say that because they don't actually indicate
    anything related to the task at hand other than "the computer has not
    crashed... yet". Next time you start up Windows XP you will see what I
    mean. The bar fills up, empties itself, and fills up again, nonstop until
    Windows loads. You will notice this style is prevelant in many new software
    programs, including non-Microsoft programs. There's really no point in
    having the progress bar at all because it gives no indication as to how
    close the task is to being completed. Windows 95 saw the appearance of
    blocky, cumbersome indicators that gave only a relative position. Of
    course, those bars appeared to be full when the task was really only about
    90% done. Does anybody remember Windows 3.1? Yes I know it sucked but at
    least the progress indicators scaled properly, and were accurate down to the
    1%. So maybe some programmers are looking over this post and can provide
    some insight? I fail to see why the progress bar has devolved from
    something that was flawless, to now being a pointless animation.
     
    ernie16, Feb 17, 2007
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