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Now the question - where is the "side bar" in LO? I have latest non-RC 4.2.x and do not see a "side bar" anywhere. Of course it could be a long way off.

As for the dual menu option, well you will really need to be specific about the user has the choice and what they are. It would be nice to be able to choose one than choose the other, without re-installation, if the first one does not work for the user, plus easy to change -i.e. not buried somewhere in a ribbon somewhere.

Yes some users like a more "modern" GUI and/or menu system, but others can get rather lost in it trying to find out how to do things in the "new way". I know we got a lot of users from MSO who did not like the ribbon "system". A lot of MSO users had to be "heavily" retrained to deal with "ribbons". Many businesses did not want to go to the newest version of MSO because they would have to learn the new interface. Some have upgraded while others have not. Some have gone to LO, of those who did not buy into the MSO hype of getting [must get really] the new version every time it came out, and for every computer in "your" company no matter how much it would cost you.

I have not installed any other version, except a trial one, for MSO since MSO 2003 came out. The only reason I did was to read/convert OOXML [.docx and the others] to the 2003 and earlier formats. That was before LO came out. Most times I do not need to do that anymore, but I now have access to MSO2010 so I should be able to use that option instead of a trial, unless it is a MSO file of the newest version[s] beyond what MSO2010 can read "correctly". I tend to convert all .docx files to .doc and .odt. One for the MSO users and the other for me.

On 03/20/2014 11:34 AM, Nagy Ákos wrote:
For this reason is a very good solution to offer two choise, because a lot of people think that the old style is unusable.

2014.03.20. 15:32 keltezéssel, Kracked_P_P---webmaster írta:

I hate MSO ribbon menu system.
I had to work with it last week and it was a battle to find what I needed in Word 2010.

On 03/20/2014 04:43 AM, Nagy Ákos wrote:
Maybe one solution is that make the same think, that do Kingsoft Office.
Kingsoft office, in installation procedure offer two skins:
Classic - with menu, and LO style icons
Ribbon Style - with ribbon menu

and in Ribbon Style offer a Sidebar (Taks Window) too, for styles, shapes, etc.

Professional users, who use menu, templates and advanced formating options, leave the actual desing, and for users who like ribbons, modern design, and local formatting, offer a ribbon menu.

2014.01.28. 18:06 keltezéssel, Mirek M. írta:
Hi guys,
Ever since we've adopted the sidebar, we've had issues with duplicate
panels [1]. Worse yet, the sidebar brings yet another UI element to look through for commands. This might not sound like a big problem, but this makes our already hard to use UI even harder to use, and is bound to get
worse as the sidebar develops.

I'd recommend to read through the usability problems Microsoft found with
its Office task pane (which was very much like our sidebar): .

So what should we do?

I've been a big advocate of having a single place where to look for
commands. (That, by the way, is the single biggest advantage the Ribbon brought to MS Office [2].) In our case, that place would be the toolbar.

My proposed solution would be to split the sidebar into individual panels (e.g. Properties, Formulas, Custom Animation, Slide Transition, etc.) and add buttons for launching them to the relevant toolbars. This would not only solve the problems of panel duplication [1], but it would also add context to the individual panels. For example, the Slide Layout and Slide Transition buttons would appear in the Slide toolbar. The Functions pane
could appear when clicking the functions button in the formula bar.
Properties could easily replace all the toolbar buttons that currently
point to the relevant formatting dialogs. And we already have buttons for
Styles, the Gallery, and the Navigator.

In any case, it's imperative that we do something about the problem. We
can't afford to dig ourselves even further in terms of UX.

[2] "The Ribbon is the starting point for all functionality." --

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