Looking Ahead: What happend to the green diamond?
A comment was recently made on one of our
forums regarding the disappearance of the green diamond. The
green diamond being used in pre-V7 SSP to display media items like
songs, videos, etc.
The green diamond has been in use for quite awhile in
SSP. Prior to the diamond it was a green asterisk (the change was made in
version 4 or 5, I don’t recall exactly).
My observations of both new users and other multimedia software (not
necessarily other worship presentation software) is that the “play” button is
quite universal and so is the understanding of its purpose. So in the process of making SSP more
user-friendly for the mainstream market, the play button has replaced the green
So why the green-orange combination? Well, first of all,
this is not necessarily the final color combination to be used. A change could yet take place. But this is the thinking so far: Green was
chosen for continuity with its predecessor, the green diamond. Orange then works because it is a
contrasting color and stands out from within the body of the button. Also, this particular play button needs to look
unique from other play buttons that will appear in the control window. Any green-orange button you see means that,
if you click it, something will happen on the display window. For other play buttons you see in the
control window usually will not affect the display window. I say “usually” because if a play button is
located in media control toolbar then it does affect the display window. Play buttons at other places, like the
inspector windows, do not.
So, there’s the brief explanation about that particular
change -- and I say again -- this could change. ;-)
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