"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
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