Creative developer releases updated interesting LibreOffice UI mockup
Creating an ODT document, exporting a DOC as PDF, editing a slideshow, etc, are actions fully and easily performed via LibreOffice, a full-fledged versatile office suite, available in Ubuntu by default.
LibreOffice can be characterized as a software project where development contributions and additions are constantly landed, approach materialized in stable, filled-with-features LibreOffice releases.
Nevertheless, it seems that various users are expressing demands for a visual LibreOffice refresh, approach that seems to be in the LibreOffice developers' area-of-interest via concepts/mockups/ideas like Citrus, etc, yet, until now, there hasn't been significant LibreOffice UI changes.
Months ago, elgatonegro (third-party non-LibreOffice-related developer) published a mockup presenting a definitely interesting LibreOffice UI concept, concept in the sense of new/modern, yet backed by real existing code.
Shortly after, LibreOffice's Tor Lillqvist responded in the comment section: "The code might be "real" but it has little applicability to LO's codebase".
A new mockup version has been released, 0.0.1-b, bringing various changes, furthermore, users can test/play with the mockup.
Launching the interface is as simple as downloading the archive, unpacking it and double-clicking on
Ofimatica Gnu Sur-->Program-flat).
The look is simplistic yet filled with functionality (inexistent at the moment), the interface divides its features in 5 categories (
New) and a mobile toolbar (that instantly adapts itself to the currently opened category).
New, exposes a set of buttons, clicking on
Format, changes the toolbar with a completely new pack of buttons, basically, exposing a vast amount of features (housed by buttons) without cluttering the toolbar or removing features.
The interface comes with built-in monochrome icons, while borrowing a limited set of icons from the used icon theme.
New exposes the where-to-be-created document area, area that contains numerous text-formatting buttons (such as bold, strikethrough, italic), as well as text-aligning controls and commonly used actions (like for instance, cut, copy, paste, etc).
Pleasant-to-the-eye used colors, light tones, monochrome icons, proportioned sizes, polished dialogs, are definitely a key point of Ofimatica GNU Sur.
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