Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th May 2009 14:23 UTC, submitted by hotice
KDE While most people focus on Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org as being each other's competitors, there's a third player in this market: KOffice. While KOffice is obviously geared towards use on KDE, it's available for Windows, Mac OS X, and GNOME-based distributions as well, making it much more platform-independent than Microsoft's Office suite. Version 2.0.0 was released today, and comes with a whole boatload of improvements.
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good news
by niemau on Thu 28th May 2009 17:01 UTC
niemau
Member since:
2007-06-28

i guess this is good news. having choices is always good. although i'm not a kde user, koffice has long been a pretty strong suite of apps.

one complaint, though. take a look at the new logos for the apps. at first, i thought "hey, that's a cool new 'k' logo for the suite". then, i noticed there were new logos/icons for each of the apps. besides the main koffice logo, and the kword logo, the rest of them are absolutely rediculous. i get that they were trying to follow a theme of sorts, but geez. see below.

http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/wp-content/themes/whiteasmilk/logo...

http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/wp-content/themes/whiteasmilk/logo...

http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/wp-content/themes/whiteasmilk/logo...

http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/wp-content/themes/whiteasmilk/logo...


http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/wp-content/themes/whiteasmilk/logo...


http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/wp-content/themes/whiteasmilk/logo...


http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/wp-content/themes/whiteasmilk/logo...


http://www.koffice.org/wordpress/wp-content/themes/whiteasmilk/logo...

these logos do *nothing* to convey (konvey?) what these apps do. bad design decision. sorry. bleh.

edit: i understand the desire to 'brand' these in a modern way. i just think these could use some light revision.

Edited 2009-05-28 17:04 UTC

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RE: good news
by cies on Thu 28th May 2009 18:21 in reply to "good news"
cies Member since:
2005-11-28

im a kde user..

i like the logo's, i dont think a logo has to convey that 'thing' yr talking about. pictograms do need. like toilet, elevator, departure and exit. they need to convey a clear thing.

logo's do often not, and that doesn't matter.. look at Mmmm, McMany logos of big brands. yet we know em all. NOVELL, Sun, MsOffice.

For the document logos should convey i think, and those do also.

I think the logo's are fresh'n'daring. Something new, and properly consistent. I also think they convey that KOffice is simple/basic, not a very direct quality, but some that actually mean something to most people that are soon to use it.


but again, im a KDE user - not not so much KOffice but i hope to be soon.

cies.

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RE[2]: good news
by niemau on Thu 28th May 2009 18:34 in reply to "RE: good news"
niemau Member since:
2007-06-28

im a kde user.. i like the logo's, i dont think a logo has to convey that 'thing' yr talking about. pictograms do need.


i think you may have missed my point. i guess what i was trying to convey was that these logos, which will in all likelihood become the icons for the individual applications, do not obviously belong to the apps that they belong to. they are too abstract. if a user had, for example, an icon for each of those apps in his or her dock/panel, it would not be clear what apps they belonged to. the symbols on them are too vague. it would be very easy to (frustratingly) open the wrong app. since KDE 4 has been striving for user-friendliness, this seems to be a step backward.

aesthetically, they are obviously fine and modern. but that isn't enough. it's bad enough for a new user that some of the apps have overly vague names. kexi? krita? karbon? what's the likelihood that a new user is going to bother with the app when they can't easily see what it does without opening it? unfortunately, most people aren't as adventurous as the kinds of people that hang out on osnews.

Edited 2009-05-28 18:37 UTC

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