Feature Survey Results

We have finally had some time to sift through the responses to the survey, and below I present to you the summary of the survey. There are some pretty graphs (for those who like graphs) and we've included the percentages of multiple choice questions. Note that due to most of the questions allowing more than one answer, the sum of the percentages will exceed 100%.

And so, without further ado, here are the results:

How did you originally hear about OpenLP?

How did you originally hear about OpenLP?

Search engine 68%
Software site 6%
Online review 5%
Blog post 4%
From a friend 14%
Other 3%

Which services do you use OpenLP in?

Which services do you use OpenLP in?

All services 34%
Main service 25%
Youth service 9%
Evening service 7%
Special services 13%
None of our services 5%
Other 6%

What do you currently use OpenLP for?

What do you currently use OpenLP for?

Songs 24%
Bible verses 17%
Presentations 15%
Pictures and slideshows 15%
Playing videos 16%
Announcements 8%
Liturgy 3%
We don't use OpenLP 1%
Other 1%

What operating system do you use OpenLP on?

What operating system do you use OpenLP on?

Mac OS X 16%
Windows 55%
Debian 3%
Ubuntu/Ubuntu-based 21%
Fedora 1%
Arch Linux 2%
openSUSE 1%
FreeBSD 0%
Other 1%

What other software do you use in addition to OpenLP?

What other software do you use in addition to OpenLP?

PowerPoint/etc 24%
Audio recording 21%
VLC/etc 27%
Browser 21%
Video streaming 4%
Other 3%

Top ten features requested

We have selected the top 10 features requested by the respondents. Note that we will concentrate on these features first, but that doesn't mean we'll only concentrate on these 10 features. As we complete features we'll move down the list.

Motion backgrounds (text over video) 9%
DVD playback 7%
Stream YouTube videos 5%
Video streaming 4%
Integration with CCLI SongSelect 4%
Looping videos 4%
Support for more than 2 monitors 4%
Edit songs while still being able to change slides 4%
Network synchronisation of data 3%
Chords in songs 3%

What do you love about OpenLP?

For this question, we had to manually work through everyone's responses, and pick out the most common themes. These are the top 5 themes we noticed, in order of most-mentioned to least-mentioned.

  1. Free/open source
  2. Ease of use/usability/simplicity
  3. Feature set
  4. Developers/development/community
  5. Cross platform

There were also a number of enthusiastic users of the remote and/or Android app.

We also noticed that some folk thought that OpenLP is donateware. It is not, we haven't publically accepted donations for a few reasons, mostly that we don't see the need. If you would like to donate, please e-mail us (contact form).

What do you dislike about OpenLP?

Once again, we had to manually work through everyone's responses, and pick out the most common themes. These are the top 5 themes we noticed, in order of most-mentioned to least-mentioned.

  1. Bugs and/or crashes
  2. Video issues
  3. Presentation issues (PowerPoint, Impress, etc)
  4. Speed issues
  5. Unfamiliarity with OpenLP

We noticed that there were a large number of bugs that we've never heard of. If you do encounter a bug, please let us know! We can't fix it if we don't know about it.

There were also a lot of "missing feature" complaints, which were almost all already in the list of features we're looking to implement, and thus we did not include them in these results.

Helping with development

We couldn't help but notice that a few of the respondents indicated a willingness to help develop OpenLP in some way. If you're keen to take a look at helping out, please see our getting started page on the developer wiki and join us in IRC so that we can help you get up and running.

As always, God bless, and happy projecting!

Comments

Were there any requests to allow printing of the song lyrics?

Hi,

I would like to add a request for a OpenLP song object to use in PPT. In other words, you do not use OLP as a service manager (of course you still can, but you have the option no to). You build your service (sermon slides, announcements, etc.) in PPT and insert your songs into the PPT service show via an OpenLP song object in PPT. The PPT show runs as the service presentation and jumps to OpenLP on slides where song objects are inserted (i.e. the opposite of how it is working currently).

The reason for this thinking is: Many, like our church, come from a background where PPT was used exclusively for everything. The transfer to worship presentation software like OpenLP is difficult (in our case unlikely). Pastors are used to PPT's features (animation, slide design, etc.) and still prefer to use it as the backbone of their service presentation. It is possible to insert PPT shows into the OLP service, but you need to have separate PPT shows for each time you jump to PPT. Also, the service does not move on to the next service item after the PPT show with a normal click from a presentation clicker (both issues discussed elsewhere under forums).

I realise this could probably entail a lot of work, but please consider, as it would make a transition to using OLP much easier.