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View Full Version : OpenOffice.org previews a Ribbon-like prototype UI



Apostropartheid
08-06-2009, 07:53 PM
Sun developers posted a screenshot (http://blogs.sun.com/GullFOSS/entry/prototyping_a_new_ui_july) of a new UI which looks a fair bit like MS' Ribbon. Personally, I hope they take a different direction with it instead of just cloning Office. People who ran from the Ribbon are going to be annoyed, anyway.

drhowarddrfine
08-06-2009, 09:19 PM
I found this (http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/08/microsoft-word-1983---2009-rest-in-peace.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss) to be a really interesting thought:

Thinking about how long I've used Word simply makes it all the more strange to realize that I don't need Word any more.

At all. Ever.
Not just Word but any editor like it because Word was made to print documents and no one prints documents anymore, or they don't need to.

oracleguy
08-06-2009, 09:47 PM
I found this (http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2009/08/microsoft-word-1983---2009-rest-in-peace.ars?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rss) to be a really interesting thought:

Not just Word but any editor like it because Word was made to print documents and no one prints documents anymore, or they don't need to.

That is like saying because I don't need a car, no one needs a car.

People have to print out stuff all the time, if no one did, you wouldn't see any printed pieces of paper that weren't auto generated by some program. You can do a lot of stuff paperlessly now but there is still need Word or a Word like program.

I use a wiki a lot for storing documentation, it works for that but I am a developer, what I need type up is different than say someone in HR or sales.

Though for storing engineering documentation, I do agree that a wiki is a great solution.

Apostropartheid
08-06-2009, 10:46 PM
Maybe in the tech world, but maybe not. I worked with IM at Transport for London, and they keep paper archives from over 20 years ago. Despite the "go green" policy, they still print out a lot of stuff.

drhowarddrfine
08-07-2009, 05:48 AM
People have to print out stuff all the time, if no one did, you wouldn't see any printed pieces of paper that weren't auto generated by some program.

One of the things he said was that people print things out all the time for no valid reason. They print it out because "everyone does" or "that's the way we always do it" rather than any need.

That reminds me of the time I was involved in a computer installation many years ago. The sysop was printing out monthly sales reports on reams of paper and putting copies of it into multiple blue binders that you could barely hold in one hand. These were high speed dot matrix printers but it still took forever to print.

I had to wait for her to finish printing to do my work and she said, "You know it's sad because the only number in that whole report they look at is this one," as she pointed to the final number on the last page. A few minutes later, the sales manager came into the room and did exactly that.

Later, she took me into the storage room where they kept all the old binders stacked to the ceiling. "After these sit on their desks for a few days, this is where they wind up and nobody ever comes back here again...ever."

Our eyes locked. The heat of the room rose as we passionately embraced and made love on top of those binders.

VIPStephan
08-07-2009, 10:04 AM
Our eyes locked. The heat of the room rose as we passionately embraced and made love on top of those binders.

What??? :D

Fou-Lu
08-07-2009, 10:20 AM
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Our eyes locked. The heat of the room rose as we passionately embraced and made love on top of those binders.

Please, continue :D

I hate ribbons, but as long as they are easier to change back in OO than it is in Word I'll be alrigh with that.



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