5 Nov 2018

Quick poll on the design of the Karasa Jaga icon theme

The icon theme Karasa Jaga has been introduced in release 6.1. It was originally created for Sundara OS and is heavily inspired (and derived) from the discontinued Oxygen icon. The icon designer Rizal Muttaqin seeks now for your input how to continue his work:

The question is:

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Here are examples of how it looks:

8 Aug 2018

What’s new in LibreOffice 6.1 regarding user experience

The LibreOffice community regularly publishes new releases, and the latest version, 6.1, is released in August 2018. The design team worked hard to make this release as shiny as it deserves; here’s what we did.

Background images

LibreOffice ships some images by default to fill the background of shapes.…

14 Apr 2018

Easyhacking: How to make a feature optional

Working on the user experience often means making a feature optional. Some users may need a feature while others may find it distracting. An example is the tooltip shown on tracked changes.

While this tooltip is useful for the review, it just overlaps the text when editing, as long the information is not shown in the document margin (tdf#34355) or if you don’t use the Track Changes deck in the sidebar for some reason.…

28 Feb 2018

Easyhacking: All about terminology

Sometimes you may find galimatias in the user interface such as quirky captions, misleading descriptions, too long or to short texts, and strings that are not compliant to the guideline. Why not take this as the perfect start into easyhacking?

Commands

As explained in the posting on How to set up your environment, you can always search for unique strings.…

22 Feb 2018

Easyhacking: How to set up your environment

User-centered development is implicitly steering the development from the top of the cathedral. That means to start with a vision, the context of use, and the primary users etc, granularized later into product requirements with storyboards and use cases, and finally iterating with product design and development.…

18 Feb 2018

Improvements to Font Listing

Font handling is a major topic for office suites and as a result, LibreOffice’s bug tracker has numerous reported issues and suggestions on how to enhance the workflow. In a past blog post, we presented a solution for font substitution and now it is time to talk about font listing.…

22 Dec 2017

LibreOffice mascot – lesson learned and an apology

With many approaching the holiday season, it looks like the heated discussions about the LibreOffice mascot have settled down. It is probably too early to re-launch the project, as memories of what has happened in October and November are still rather fresh, and so we would like to share our thoughts and plans on this project with you before we the next steps are taken.…

20 Nov 2017

Statement about LibreOffice Mascot Project

On Thursday, we came to the conclusion to close voting for the LibreOffice mascot in advance of the planned schedule in December. For a number of reasons, the process has evolved in a direction we were not expecting. When we started, we were looking for a visual image which could represent LibreOffice, a free office suite developed by an international and diverse community of friends, and not for a subject of heated discussions between groups and individuals.…

16 Nov 2017

LibreOffice mascot survey: The progress so far

As you’ve no doubt seen, over the last few months we’ve been looking for a LibreOffice mascot. This is just something fun for our community to use, for instance on T-shirts at events, so it doesn’t have to be ultra slick and professional – it isn’t a replacement for the official branding and logos that we use in the software, website and marketing materials.…

13 Nov 2017

LibreOffice Mascot: Iterating the submissions

tl;dr: Please comment at https://imageboard.documentfoundation.org/posts

The voting phase has been conducted with great success. More than 27,000 people had a look at the submissions and many voted on all items. Thanks a lot for your interest and contribution! There has also been some discussion on various social media channels about the procedure.…