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I agree with you on this one. Although the name is not everything, it
definitely should at least convey a polished, useful program. Writer and
Impress are fine by me, but names like Calc, Base, and even Draw just do not
seem appealing to me. They almost feel like they were used because there was
nothing better thought of. For example, instead of Draw, I think something
like "Sketchpad" or "Images" or "Sketch" could work and also sound nicer.


On Wed, Feb 2, 2011 at 4:17 PM, Kevin Hunter <> wrote:

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

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

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

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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