Linked by Adam S on Wed 15th Oct 2008 15:20 UTC, submitted by rlem6983
Features, Office The news of OpenOffice.org's third major release has generated quite a bit of buzz on the internet for many reasons, one of which being that it now runs natively on a Mac (sans X11). ZDnet has posted a screenshot gallery of OpenOffice.org 3.0 for those who have yet to try the hot-off-the-press application.
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not happy on Mac
by xushi on Wed 15th Oct 2008 20:52 UTC
xushi
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2005-08-29

I must say... it looks HORRIBLE on Mac... The text and icons in the beginning page are so huge. The icons in OOo look so 1980s... Even the little things like the 100% on the bottom right overlapping with the stripes you click on to change the window size... And not to forget the fact that it's all stuck into 1 window.. Even MS Office Mac managed to use separate windows.. The preferences are still horrible and confusingly put..

Put me off. I mean even NeoOffice, which is based on OOo 2.x looks slightly better. And face it, with OSX, a big part is about the looks ;)

I guess this is the example where OOo trying to act and look like MS Office Win a little too much is biting it in the ass.

OOo, good work so far, but try and focus more on other points like those mentioned above, now that you have a good working base.

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RE: not happy on Mac
by tyrione on Wed 15th Oct 2008 22:10 in reply to "not happy on Mac"
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

I must say... it looks HORRIBLE on Mac... The text and icons in the beginning page are so huge. The icons in OOo look so 1980s... Even the little things like the 100% on the bottom right overlapping with the stripes you click on to change the window size... And not to forget the fact that it's all stuck into 1 window.. Even MS Office Mac managed to use separate windows.. The preferences are still horrible and confusingly put..

Put me off. I mean even NeoOffice, which is based on OOo 2.x looks slightly better. And face it, with OSX, a big part is about the looks ;)

I guess this is the example where OOo trying to act and look like MS Office Win a little too much is biting it in the ass.

OOo, good work so far, but try and focus more on other points like those mentioned above, now that you have a good working base.


Yes. The UI Designers with OS X experience and willing to donate some time and efforts for credits would immensely improve the first impression of the application suite.

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RE: not happy on Mac
by pandronic on Wed 15th Oct 2008 22:22 in reply to "not happy on Mac"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

I'm ok with the Mac version. I really like the fact that it's MDI. I really hate the way Photoshop and Flash spawn all those separate Windows.

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RE: not happy on Mac
by sultanqasim on Wed 15th Oct 2008 23:52 in reply to "not happy on Mac"
sultanqasim Member since:
2006-10-28

I agree that the application could be made better on the mac but IMHO, I think its way better than NeoOffice (I had it on my mac before and hated it). It seems to have a better interface than NeoOffice (especially with graphs) despite not fully conforming to the apple standards (which I hope they will eventually do) and the new OOo 3 features are very useful to me.

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