IntelliJ startup friendliness

I think that when IntelliJ starts up it could show a dialog (like the ones
in many programs) with some major tasks such as:

1. Create new project
2. Open existing project
3. Open recent project (with a pull-down list)
4. Customize IntelliJ (may be as a wizard that has several key
customizations (e.g. font size, some color schemes for the editor, etc.)
5. Plug-ins
6. A short quick start guide of key features (brief scan of refactoring,
editor features, etc.)

That way users will have major tasks at the tip their fingers on startup and
it would probably be a big help for novice users.

Naturally, there will be an option not to show it on startup (much like the
tips dialog).

Thoughts?

Amnon


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I think that having most of these settings in the File menu make this plenty easy. The first time I opened up IntelliJ that's right where I looked, and everything was where I expected it.

As long as there was an option to turn it off, I certainly wouldn't mind such a feature, however.

--Dan

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I think these options can be helpful to those new to IDEA. I remembered when i first tried idea, i can't find how to create a new class on file menu, and felt frustrated.

At least such friendly things could get idea more users. i think the marketing guys of jetbrains should consider this:)

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I like one feature of Opera. When you start it, they prompt you with a dialog (see attached picture) that asks you if you want to (1) Continue from last time (2) Continue saved sessions (3) Start with home page or (4) Start with no pages.

They also give you the option to Do not show this dialog again.

I would like something similar for IntelliJ related to projects. I am working on multiple projects, and be default Intellij reopens the last project you were working on when you restart it. Many times, I don't want to work on this project, so I have to wait for it to load, and then open a different project on top of it.

IntelliJ could offer a splash dialog similar to Opera that asks you (1) Continue with last project (2) Start with project(s) (3) Start with no project.

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There is an option to start with no project. Under general settings, first
check box on the top left.
"Alex" <no_mail@jetbrains.com> wrote in message
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I like one feature of Opera. When you start it, they prompt you with a

dialog (see attached picture) that asks you if you want to (1) Continue from
last time (2) Continue saved sessions (3) Start with home page or (4) Start
with no pages.
>

They also give you the option to Do not show this dialog again.

>

I would like something similar for IntelliJ related to projects. I am

working on multiple projects, and be default Intellij reopens the last
project you were working on when you restart it. Many times, I don't want to
work on this project, so I have to wait for it to load, and then open a
different project on top of it.
>

IntelliJ could offer a splash dialog similar to Opera that asks you (1)

Continue with last project (2) Start with project(s) [choose from
list] (3) Start with no project.


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Amnon I. Govrin <agovrin@freshwater.com> wrote:

That way users will have major tasks at the tip their fingers on startup and
it would probably be a big help for novice users.


And please add a lot of new stuff to the "Did you know" dialog. Just to
make it more interesting for the old-time-users ;)

Dirk Dittert

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Alex wrote:

>I like one feature of Opera. When you start it, they prompt you with a dialog that
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That's the very first option I turn off, after a fresh install of Opera.
A good default behaviour should satisfy 90+% of the users.
:)

Alain

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Yes, I have 'Reopen last project at startup' turned off, because I am working on so many different projects.

For me, it would be better if IntelliJ popped a dialog with the choices of how to startup. It could default to startup with the last project. When that is appropriate, I would select that. But I would also have the choice of selecting another project.

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With Opera, everything comes up in a couple seconds, so even if you don't like what page it started with , it doesn't matter.

I think a similar splash dialog would be more useful with IntelliJ, because opening the project can take some time. Sometimes I am working on a project over a remote filesystem, and it can take minutes for the project to load. If it's not the project I want to work on, then I have to wait for it to finish loading before I can switch it. I eventually got tired of that, so I turned off the 'Reopen last project on startup' off.

Anyway, since I can quicklky select File->Reopen Project to select the project I want to work on, this splash dialog wouldn't save me that much time. I just thought it might be nice for new users. :)

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FYI Here is that splash screen from Opera. I forgot to attach it in my original message.



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