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On Thu, 2011-10-20 at 22:11 -0400, Andrew Pullins wrote: 

Okay, so I found out the other day that we are looking into making an online
office suit like Google docs and an android/iOS App of LibreOffice. This is
nice but there is one problem... our desktop programs still needs a lot of
work! Why are we spending the time making completely new Office Suits when
the main application that people are going to create documents is still
going to be on the desktop. Now I know that they said that it is supposed to
come out at the end of 2012 or beginning of 2013 but unless there is a major
overhaul on the desktop edition then it will out shine the current suite. Is
there any push to making a new UI for the desktop. It seems as though Mirek
and I are the only ones that are even interested in making the damn thing
look good.

LibreOffice has come a long way since I first downloaded OpenOffice many
years ago. It is faster, there are less bugs, but it still looks like crap.
If the UI does not change soon(as in two years ago) there is no point in
doing any of this. the banners, web design, icons all of the this stuff we
the design team do for the suite is all pointless unless people are
attracted to the Office suite and want to use it.

We have a better Office Suite but it looks like crap right now, and people
won’t give it a second glance because of this even if the suite is free or
not. We need to get the Dev team working in our direction, if we don't they
will just keep fixing bugs and adding feature that no one will even know is
there because its hidden in the background under some menu that no one even
bothers to look through.

It is my belief that this should be our one and only goal for the following
months. Very little should be done to LibreOffice until the New UI is
implemented. As of right now I think that we should be looking at Mirek's
"Citrus UI" as it is the most complete, looks good, and once you get it will
work better than anything that I have ever seen. Every single bit of
software should work like Citrus.

While UI issues are important, we need to address the Android/iOS market
or risk being marginalized in the long term. Also, there is no reason
that we can not work on both the desktop UI and other versions. 

Jay Lozier

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