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OpenOffice.org Charts Undergo Cosmetic Surgery

Jul 08, 2007, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

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"OpenOffice.org suffers from a wildly inconsistent user interface (UI) that combines unique elements with borrowings from Microsoft Office. Now, in the upcoming version 2.3, it is finally having some of the cosmetic procedures it so badly needs--at least in the charts subsystem. The changes include a new default color scheme and a heavily revamped wizard, but only small changes in functionality, making this revision a case study in UI design for both better and worse.

"The most obvious change is the color scheme for graphs. In existing versions, the default colors are dull pastels that, in the words of one user I know, are 'sooo 1993'--a reference, presumably, to the colors you would find in Microsoft Excel around that time..."

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