OpenOffice tidies up with a Ribbon
By Stuart Turton
Posted on 10 Aug 2009 at 09:38
OpenOffice has divided its fan base with a new interface clearly inspired by Office 2007's Ribbon.
Dubbed Project Renaissance the interface retains OpenOffice's traditional drop-down menu approach, but beneath the menu bar there's now a ribbon-type array of icons.
At first glance the OpenOffice ribbon appears a clunky copy of Microsoft's attempt, but project engineer Frank Loehmann has warned the prototype is just to give an idea of the direction of the interface.
"The prototype is a mid-fidelity one. So no polished UI. We just want to be able to test the interaction. Content of the toolbars and the group labelling are subject to change. They show just what can be done in this prototype," he notes.
The interface split opinion among OpenOffice fans, with one commentator on the blog claiming: "Aping the Office ribbon is not a step forward. OpenOffice always seems to follow MS Office and may never succeed. The solution is to jump ahead to the next big thing and skip this UI phase."
However, positive comments have included: "This is likely to make me adopt OpenOffice. I love open-source software, but sometimes commercial software is just more usable. This change of interface is going to remove OpenOffice from my 'I wish I could stand it' list."
Is your business a social business? For helpful info and tips visit our hub.
- iPhone 6 release date, rumours, specs and features: when will the iPhone 6 come out in the UK?
- Google's self-driving cars can speed... "for safety reasons"
- Nokia Lumia 530 UK release date and price revealed
- Would you let your child sign up for a Google account?
- HTC launches One M8 for Windows... but only in the US
- 20 years of PC Pro: our greatest review mistakes
- 20 years of PC Pro: our first A-List
- Wikipedia's "right to be forgotten" protest hits the wrong note
- 3D printing hits the high street for plastic selfies
- 20 years of PC Pro: What amazed us in our first issue
- How Google Glass ruined my lunch hour
- Smartphone battery packs: can a USB power pack beat the festival battery blues?
- Windows Easy Transfer – not so "easy" in Windows 8.1
- Formula 1: what a difference virtualisation makes
- Office of the future: comfy chairs and tablets everywhere
- 10 ways to make your business more secure
- Top five VoIP mistakes
- How to add in-app purchasing to an iPhone, Android or Windows app
- Remote-control ransomware: TeamViewer and software hardball
- Why laptops with serial ports matter to the Internet of Things
- Make your mobile battery last longer
- Small steps into handling Big Data
- Nexus 5: does it really run stock Android?
- How to get broadband to a garden office
- How to write your company's IT security policy