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On 06/07/2013 01:30 PM, Girvin R. Herr wrote:

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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


My last version of MSO was 2003.
I ran OOo back in those early days as well, and went to LO back just before they switched from the first RC version to the first "full release" version back in late winter 2011. I currently use 4.0.3 on both Ubuntu and Win7 systems.

I like the fact that the LO interface, as a whole, has not changed. Yes, there are some added things, like the 1 or 2 page view and some other things. But it looks mostly like it has been for that past year or two. No need to relearn where the needed menu option has been relocated. No need to figure out how to do needed options, since the process has not changes or the change is slow slight is seem like no change at all.

The one big complaint I have heard about MSO is the fact they seem to change how you do things, after you get use to doing it their "new" way after the last change. I know many business people have stated that every time a new MSO is "bought" [or now rented] for their company users, they have to spend time and money while the users learn how to do the things they need to do with the changes that MSO has made in the interface and the steps to do the needed options.

I need to relearn the interface for Paint Shop Pro X5, when I used version 5 since the XP days. But since I can not get v5 to install on Win7 Home Premium that my laptop has, I had to upgrade it and relearn the new interface. Same with PSP 5 or X5 vs. GIMP. The time it takes to relearn how to do the things that comes very easily to me with the old interface, well it is very frustrating to say the least and has taken 2 to 5 times longer to do the things I want/need to do.

So if people feel that way about the MSO interface changes, and want to use one that is easier use and clearer to understand, then they need to use a package - like LO - that does not have major interface changes. I hope no one decides to revamp/refresh LO's interface to the point where our users will have the same frustrations as they did with the constant changes that MSO seems to relish in.

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