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I was talking to a professor a few days ago. He does not like the newer versions due in part to "the way they keep changing the interface and how to do things". I made sure he know about LO. He loved the multi language part as well.

I did not like the "ribbon" menu system either. Sure, the type of interface that LO uses has been around for years, but that does not mean you need to change it. "Refreshing" or redesigning the interface, just because you can, is not a reason to. One of the good things about LO as it went from 3.3 though 4.0 is the way the interface does not change, or has a slow change so it does not "stand up and slap your face" with the changes. Once you learn "what is where" and how to do things, changing that will cause problems. Sure the interface could use some enhancements, like the "persona" addition, but to keep our users happy, you must not make the users relearn how to do things or where are the menu options are now located.

I have been using the OO/LO office suite since OO.o 1.x and now I am using LO 3.6.6. (I have not tried LO 4.0.x, since I am still waiting for that less-buggy 4.1.5+ version to be released.) However, I have found the incremental changes to the user interface refreshing. OO.o and now LO, have made great improvements in this area with each release. Nothing to make me go back to school to get my degree on how to use it, but the changes made the functions much easier to use and more intuitive. To me, that is a big plus. I want to be productive, not have to re-learn user interfaces with each new release. Although I am a retired electronics engineer, I am _not_ a techno-geek who has to have the latest and greatest all the time. You won't find me waiting for hours outside an Apple store to buy the latest iPhone. If it works, don't "fix" it is my motto.
Girvin Herr


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