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I have made some mockup to show how different shadows look alike:
Which looks best?

With startup style shadow:


2011/3/4 Daniel Merker <>


Just a thought. Wouldn't it make more sense to have the background be the
primary color of that application. For example, the Writer would have a blue
tinted background with a shadow (I like the shadow on all sides), and
Impress would have an organge tinted background with the same shadow around
the slide. This should help tie in the color theme and help build on a
general motif.

-Daniel Merker

-----Original Message-----
From: Sébastien Le Ray []
Sent: Friday, March 04, 2011 4:01 PM
Cc:; Andrew
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-design] Re: [Libreoffice] [PUSHED] fdo#31251 -
Improve default page layout

Le Fri, 4 Mar 2011 14:44:21 -0500,
Jaron Kuppers <> a écrit :

Hi all,

I like both ideas but lean towards Andrews suggestion.

I would like to instead propose a different approach but perhaps from
a coding perspective it would not be an "easy hack."  There was
discussion over the years on the OOo list about changing the
background from the dull gray to something more upbeat.  Perhaps the
'shadow' could be integrated into a new customization feature that
allows the user to change the background and the shadow.
Unfortunately, I can't recall how difficult this is... (I seem to
recall some large problem in the code that made this difficult, but it
may have been an issue).


On Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 1:30 PM, Andrew <> wrote:

On 04/03/11 07:42, Sébastien Le Ray wrote:
Le Thu, 03 Mar 2011 21:35:11 +0100, Christoph Noack
<> a écrit :

Hi Sébastien, hi all!


Am Donnerstag, den 03.03.2011, 14:16 +0100 schrieb Sébastien Le
Le Thu, 03 Mar 2011 11:59:19 +0000, Michael Meeks
<> a écrit :


Although I didn't see it yet, thanks for your work - I'm really
looking forward.

You can find a screenshot on book mode is also
handled nicely...


However, I'd like to provide some pointers to the Notes stuff -
it's really worth spending some time digging through some of the
descriptions (in my point-of-view). I think this is better than
pre-process most of the stuff, since I'm unaware of your likings

The notes main wiki page (Notes2 because of the CWS that time):

Here are the links to the detailed designs that had (sometimes)
to be adapted due to technical constraints nobody spent the time

And once finished with the default stuff, we have lots of further

Personally, I've already spend over one year with the Notes
project being the UX representative, so I'd like to work with you
on that - if you like :-)

I'll be pleased to :) It'd be nice to have a "UI tasks" on
libreoffice wiki presenting all tasks that are ready on a Design
point of view but that have not yet been implemented.
There is a lot of stuff on the Note2 wiki page, could you give
priorities on various items?


If you are generally interested in working on Usability / Visual
Design topics (of course, from the developer's point-of-view -
and we really need some understanding and support here), feel
invited to subscribe to the Design Team mailing list - some more
information can be found here:

Subscribed yesterday :-)
It seems that you've been busy with more "marketting" stuff that
UI design lately to cover the launch of LO, FOSDEM and funraising

Waiting for you priorities & mockups on notes work :-)


Hi All and Sebastien :)

Regarding that patch, I think that what we have in that screenshot
is a definite improvement, but I feel we could do better, and
hopefully without a lot more work.

If you look at the mockup I attached to the bug report, I feel this
looks a lot more modern and professional.

Pretty interesting... I first implemented the "4 borders" shadow but every
people I show it said "it's strange, the shadow should be only under two

I feel if instead of having that shadow aligned to the bottom left,
instead it is centred on the page, and we have a slightly larger
blur radius we can make it look a lot better.

Is this just me, or do other think this as well?

Now that the code is present, we can use almost any image. Shadow is
divided in 4 parts: top right, right, bottom right,  bottom, bottom left. If
you can provide other images I could integrate them (those ones where more
"proof of concept" ones.




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