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    Phoronix: LibreOffice 4.1 Beta Arrives With New Features

    The first beta of the LibreOffice 4.1 open-source office suite was released this past weekend...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM4MDU

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    Templates

    Does the LibreOffice Impress templates still look like something from 1992?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by uid313 View Post
      Does the LibreOffice Impress templates still look like something from 1992?
      No. All the templates are from April 14 1996

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      • #4
        Well, a thriving templates scene would certainly be worth a lot to many people.

        There aren't too many areas where the user community could really get engaged and help themselves and each other.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RahulSundaram View Post
          No. All the templates are from April 14 1996
          Well, I guess that is what I meant then.
          From 1996, that is terrible!

          LibreOffice Impress templates look like shit!

          We are in desperate need of some modern high-quality templates!

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          • #6
            So, contribute. What's stopping you? Make some templates, man!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by RahulSundaram View Post
              No. All the templates are from April 14 1996
              Aahahaa

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              • #8
                Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                Does the LibreOffice Impress templates still look like something from 1992?
                Who actually uses slide shows?

                The feature that this release is missing, is ANDROID. Still in the works, but won't be done on time.
                https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/...ice_on_Android

                That is, IMO, the most important thing of all. If they get that done, and FAST, it will cement both LibreOffice **AND** Android into absolute MUST HAVE status.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
                  Who actually uses slide shows?

                  The feature that this release is missing, is ANDROID. Still in the works, but won't be done on time.
                  https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/...ice_on_Android
                  I do, all the time.

                  Eh, on portable platforms we already have Calligra.

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                  • #10
                    I'm still disappointed LibreOffice 4.0 didn't come with an overhauled and more modern interface. It looks like an UI from 2000.

                    Rumors say they might launch an Android version this year, or sometime next year. I really hope they at least won't disappoint there, and take full advantage of Google's Holo/card UI for tablets and phones. At least on PC's they might've had an excuse that being open source they didn't have good designers, but on Android they have no excuse. All they need to do is use Google's UI resources, and build their UI with those.

                    If I were them, I'd wait until the launch of Android 5.0, tough, as I think that will come with a pretty overhauled UI, too, and might be better to fully optimize LibreOffice after that, and also be compatible with it.

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                    • #11
                      The UI is just fine. What I don't like is that it uses a non-standard toolkit. That means issues with theme support (try using a dark theme and see how usable it becomes...), and also the majority of windows right now have no resizing support, which is infuriating in certain cases. Sometimes I want the windows to be maximised so that I could fit more text into the boxes (although switching the "input field"-style text boxes into "textbox"-style boxes would also be nice, or ideally both), and sometimes I want to shrink the window size (on smaller displays the "add bibliography" window can hardly get displayed).

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by uid313 View Post
                        Well, I guess that is what I meant then.
                        From 1996, that is terrible!

                        LibreOffice Impress templates look like shit!

                        We are in desperate need of some modern high-quality templates!
                        Could you please post a link to your page/repository/online drive with your better looking, updated templates? The ones you've been working so hard on creating, I mean.

                        Thank you.
                        Last edited by halfmanhalfamazing; 05-29-2013, 04:00 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                          The UI is just fine. What I don't like is that it uses a non-standard toolkit. That means issues with theme support (try using a dark theme and see how usable it becomes...), and also the majority of windows right now have no resizing support, which is infuriating in certain cases. Sometimes I want the windows to be maximised so that I could fit more text into the boxes (although switching the "input field"-style text boxes into "textbox"-style boxes would also be nice, or ideally both), and sometimes I want to shrink the window size (on smaller displays the "add bibliography" window can hardly get displayed).
                          Agree, I have simlar issues here. I'm using KDE SC with Oxygen Transparent as widget theme and I use an dark color sheme cause of the glas like widgets.
                          I wish the would use Qt, than every plattform would have better design and less gui issues.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GreatEmerald View Post
                            I do, all the time.

                            Eh, on portable platforms we already have Calligra.
                            Calligra is in a worse state than libreoffice's android version.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Krysto View Post
                              I'm still disappointed LibreOffice 4.0 didn't come with an overhauled and more modern interface. It looks like an UI from 2000.

                              Rumors say they might launch an Android version this year, or sometime next year. I really hope they at least won't disappoint there, and take full advantage of Google's Holo/card UI for tablets and phones. At least on PC's they might've had an excuse that being open source they didn't have good designers, but on Android they have no excuse. All they need to do is use Google's UI resources, and build their UI with those.

                              If I were them, I'd wait until the launch of Android 5.0, tough, as I think that will come with a pretty overhauled UI, too, and might be better to fully optimize LibreOffice after that, and also be compatible with it.
                              That is about the dumbest thing I've ever heard. For one, Android 5 is at LEAST 6 months out, maybe a year. For two, there will ALWAYS be another version to wait for in the future.

                              I also take strong exception to complaints about how pretty software is. Does it work? Yes it does. Is it pretty? Couldn't care less. It just needs to WORK. Don't waste precious time making it pretty when you can be making it WORK BETTER.

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