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Project Renaissance Impress Improvements - Found the required slide layout yet?

Dec 11, 2009, 13:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andreas Bartel)

"The Challenge.
At present, OpenOffice.org Impress offers five ways how to change the layout of an existing slide. However, four of those merely trigger or point to the task pane. Consequently, there is only one “real” way how a user can pick and apply a slide layout, and there is no way doing that without the task pane. Thinking about a common scenario of creating a presentation, adding new slides, modifying existing ones, adjusting their layouts, one can imagine that switching the task pane on and off over and over again is an unwanted interruption. Keeping the task pane permanently alive is of course an option. Yet, if you want to concentrate more on the content of your work instead on the tools at hand, you’d rather prefer to disable the task pane since it consumes quite a lot of screen real estate.

"In addition, there is no way to insert a slide with a favored layout in only one step. Currently, the default work flow requires a user to insert a slide first, decide if the layout meets the expectations and then assign the preferred layout if expectations are not met. From our point of view, there should be a more elegant solution to that, too."

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