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At 5:12pm -0500 Tue, 01 Feb 2011, Paulo José wrote:
I like very much the original names... :-) I don't see need to
change them...

I must disagree.  I've often thought the original names could use some work.

In English, anyway, Calc at the very least sounds rough and does not convey anything other than a calculator in common vernacular. The MS counterpart, Excel does a great job of putting together 'excellent' and 'cell' and literally 'to excel'. In that name, cell being the operative idea.

Power Point doesn't have the same word creativity and unification as Excel, but does have the fact that it rolls off the tongue. Keynote is the same way, *and* has a direct meaning to giving keynote presentations. Impress creates a less bold sound, and doesn't specifically call up an image in the mind

Writer makes sense, and as far as I'm concerned works.

Base ... same thing as impress. I suppose it could be a 'base' of information, but it just doesn't have a creative edge behind it.

Draw is in a similar boat.

All of these names could be improved by merely having a better prefix. For instance, Word has almost no play. It is just 'word'. But when put together with 'emm ess Word' or 'Microsoft Word' it sounds more bold. Juxtapose with saying 'oh oh Writer', 'ell oh Writer', or 'LibreOffice Writer'.

Of course, I'm speaking only about my impressions and in terms of English as I know it in USA. The sound might me much more pleasing in other languages or accents.

Food for thought, I hope.


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