Mirek M. schrieb:
2014/1/19 Regina Henschel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Mirek M. schrieb:
In order to be able to effectively design and shape the future of
LibreOffice modules, it is imperative that we define what these modules
for. Knowing the purpose of each module will help us focus on doing one
thing well and avoid counterproductive feature creep.
Since, out of all the modules, Impress's purpose might be one of the
clearest, let's start with it.
My rough draft:
The purpose of Impress is "to make it simple and quick to craft a slide
show to perfectly complement a speech."
Please comment on this.
"complement a speech" is not all. There exists other popular usages of
impress. For example:
(1) Self-repeating (product-) information, for example in shop window,
waiting room, or station.
(2) Interactive learning arrangement
(3) Present pictures from travel or festivals to friends or parishioners
(4) Background for memorial or meditation
(5) Lecture notes for revision
Yes, but it's important design practice to focus on doing one thing
excellently, not on doing several things in a mediocre way.
That doesn't mean Impress can't or shouldn't be used for other things, but
that it should be optimized to do one thing well. Alternative use-cases can
be covered unintentionally, by extensions, or by splitting the module into
I disagree here. Look at the questions about impress in mailing lists
and forums. For example, why do you think users ask about a sound
continuing over the whole slide show? Surely not for "complement a
speech", but likely for purpose (3).
I would not keep the question on design-list, but bring it to
Real-life examples of each of these:
LibreOffice Writer wasn't designed for editing code. You may use it for
that purpose, though. (You definitely shouldn't, there are much, much
better tools for the job, but it is possible.) The same goes for using
Impress for a picture slideshow -- there are better tools for the job, and
that's because those tools were designed specifically for that job.
I think, that many users do not install special applications, but use
the tools they know. LO is not only used in enterprises and large
administration, but in non-profit organizations like religious
communities and friendly societies, small business, and in education.
Chrome was designed strictly as a web browser, and it fulfills that role
excellently. You may use it as an RSS reader or as a torrent client,
though, if you install the right extension.
The Mozilla Software Suite, which was a web-browser and an e-mail client
combined, was discontinued in favor of the more focused Firefox and
It is continued in application "Seamonkey" and works well.
"simple and quick" needs to be expanded in a further step. For example one
requirement is adaptability.
What exactly do you mean by "adaptability"?
Slide shows are often not crafted from scratch. But users take existing
slide shows and adapt them. The user hides slides which are not useful
for the special speech, or they exchange pictures with more up-to-date
ones, for example. Or they take several existing slide shows and copy
single slides for the current purpose. Or people do not use their own
slides but take the presentation from someone else and need the internal
remarks in the notes. Or they have to adapt logo, address, introduction.
Or they start with an existing template, which contains already a lot of
slides, where the user has to fill placeholders.
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