Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Oct 2008 11:36 UTC, submitted by M-Saunders
Features, Office After three years of development, OOo 3.0 is finally here with a bunch of new features and enhancements. Linux Format looks at the changes and rates the suite's overall performance, and you can try it yourself by downloading a copy from here.
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excellent
by DREVILl30564 on Mon 13th Oct 2008 12:01 UTC
DREVILl30564
Member since:
2008-04-18

Now that the new features are complete is the OpenOffice team planning on making and changes to the User Interface?

the UI in OO isn't the easiest to use by any means. I don't think they should make it look like Office 2007 as that's pretty confusing itself, but if they could get it up on par with how Office 2003 is it would make it a lot easier to get Joe Six Pack to use it.

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RE: excellent
by Adurbe on Mon 13th Oct 2008 12:12 in reply to "excellent"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

Open office UI is a clone of MS Office in 90% of use

People like what is familiar...

How do you want the UI to behave differently? You said NOT like MS office 2007?

Its often easy to say 'I want the the UI to be improved' but how SPECIFICALLY do you want it changed? Have you submitted this request to OOo? If you dont tell them, you cant expect them to make the change :-)

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RE[2]: excellent
by sb56637 on Tue 14th Oct 2008 02:39 in reply to "RE: excellent"
sb56637 Member since:
2006-05-11

How do you want the UI to behave differently? You said NOT like MS office 2007?

Like for example to add new colors or gradients to the available selections, you have to close the selection dialog and goto Format->Area...Colors, Add. Sure, it's easy enough to do, but for the first several weeks I thought that OpenOffice didn't allow custom colors or gradients.

And I remember my boss had a weird habit of starting formulas on spreadsheets with the + sign instead of the = sign. It worked in MS Office, but not in OOo, and he would put his fist through the screen when it didn't work.

Oh well, live and learn.

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RE: excellent
by collinm on Mon 13th Oct 2008 13:05 in reply to "excellent"
collinm Member since:
2005-07-15

i think majority of people have not migrated to ms office 2007...

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RE[2]: excellent
by shapeshifter on Mon 13th Oct 2008 20:17 in reply to "RE: excellent"
shapeshifter Member since:
2006-09-19

i think majority of people have not migrated to ms office 2007...


Maybe not majority but a lot more than I would've had expected.
People are now buying the Home and Student edition with new computers at Best Buy and I can't blame them.
For $150 they get their office software needs taken care of.

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RE: excellent
by shapeshifter on Mon 13th Oct 2008 20:13 in reply to "excellent"
shapeshifter Member since:
2006-09-19

I hope they let us turn off the stupid context sensitive toolbars now.
The toolbars pop up and move the whole page down and it jumps.
It's really stupid.
And no, you can't fix that with custom toolbars.
And the blurry fonts if you enable bytecode rendering on Linux, was also a major blunder.
Those two basically made using Oo very unpleasant.

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