Eclipse 4.0 is different & Mascot stories

What if you want to make a good first impression and show how different Eclipse 4.0 really is? How helpful is the following splash screen in this quest?

Lets replace this splash with something “cooler” for example this:

To do this open the folder “plugin/org.eclipse.e4.ui.examples.legacy.workbench+yourversionnumber”. Here you find the file “splash.bmp”. Rename it and put a new bitmap file “splash.bmp” at its place.

Ok, arguely the process is almost the same as for a standard Eclipse 3.x installation but I think its nicer to do this for e4 to make clear the difference.

I also need to thank Oisín Hurley who, to my understanding 😉 , expressed a strong affinity to mascots and encouraged me to promote the idea of a stuffed animal as a mascot for Eclipse. I think by this he earned a lot of our respect.

[just to avoid any misunderstanding the statement above is a joke, Oisin seems to dislike mascots…]

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8 Responses to Eclipse 4.0 is different & Mascot stories

  1. Kim Moir says:

    Maybe the community would be interested in a e4 splash screen contest?

  2. Lars Vogel says:

    I’m not sure; we just had the Eclipse logo contest….

  3. Keya says:

    How about a different color for the spalsh screen this year? Something bright and catchy like how it is right now on the Helios homepage at

  4. Oisin Hurley says:

    Mascots give me the creeps! I never remember mascots either – I must have had the ‘likes mascots as a marketing device’ gene switched off since I don’t find them relevant!

  5. No, don’t do that. Developers are not graphics designers. They can try and try and never come close to professionals. On the other hand – could the splash become worse?

  6. Lars Vogel says:

    @Ralf I agree, I think it is hard to create a splash screen even worse. 🙂

    @Oisin: 😉

  7. Lynn Gayowski says:

    No purple bunny? 🙂

  8. Lars Vogel says:

    @Lynn: Your purple bunny is wonderful! (Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder….)

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