From: Felmon Davis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, 7 June 2013, 22:46
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] CNET is claiming the best free MSO alternative is not LO
On Fri, 7 Jun 2013, anne-ology wrote:
so agree :-)
'change for the sake of change' is so inane.
how can you kids be all for 'if it works, don't fix it' and then
shouldn't your motto be, "if it will work better, fix it"?
On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 12:30 PM, Girvin R. Herr
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
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.
Things past redress and now with me past care.
-- William Shakespeare, "Richard II"
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