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As someone who is interested in LibreOffice, but does not have enough programming experience to contribute, I was just going to lurk on this forum to satisfy my curiosity, but...

On 24/10/10 13:01, RGB ES wrote:
Even if editing any kind of graphics is a "nice to have" feature, I
think LibO need to build a solid base first. There are already good
open source apps to do the job so integrating with those apps
(properly embed/display/export-to-pdf of svg/eps files, for example)
will pay more than going for "the one office suite to rule them all".
We need to make what we have rock solid before going for more. The big
risk of adding every possible feature is to end with something like
pretty, but useless.
Just my 2 ยข

I would agree strongly with this. As someone who has used OOo for several years, my criticisms of it would be that it is slow to load and that it has occasional glitches such as refusing to format some text correctly for no reason that I can figure out, rather than any lack of features. I would prefer to see LO put a high priority on ease of use of existing features and reliability, rather than become a bloated monster with numerous features which only a very small percentage of users will want and which may not be completely reliable. Personally, if I want to incorporate graphics in a document, I am not bothered by having to edit images using an appropriate program before importing them into the document, and I suspect that is the case for most people.

Now for some wishful thinking. My ideal word processor would be modular, consisting of a core program with all the features that most people will use, plus a number of optional modules to enable features, such as mail merge, used only by a minority. With Ubuntu, for example, the install CD could then include a much leaner version of LO, within which would be the facility to install (and even uninstall) additional modules as required. This could even allow the possibility of having two alternative modules for much the same purpose.


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