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From my point-of-view, this is different. Inkscape is a graphic tool
that is used by experienced designers. We may assume that those guys do
have better hardware (e.g. larger screens). And, Inkscape does have
another concept with docked panes ...

 Inkscape is used by kids in primary schools so the argument about
professional designers doesn't really hold water - I use it on a netbook! So
why not have docked panes in Draw? If it works well offer it.

We - in contrast - develop an office suite that also targets other
"markets" like developing countries. Although the minimum system
requirements state "1024x768", the design for OOo still targets netbook
resolutions. If there would have been more space, I would have designed
the new printing dialog differently :-)

I don't buy this at all. I use a netbook regularly and I don't see any
advantages in using Draw over inkscape in that environment. Neither are
ideal on that size screen. If you are short of RAM and processor power I'd
say OOo is going to cause you more problems that Inkscape ;-)

So people are fighting against
the dialog window :-)

Dialogues associated with objects works well for me, you can always
not call it up if yo don't want to use it.

What I read here is "just move it aside", "you can always not call it
up". This - so my understanding - just creates more manual effort for
the users (moving, clicking, calling, closing), although a simple
feature like that should "just work". And "just works" starts with
moving with cursor keys or mouse dragging.

If you don't have to call it up why is there any manual effort? Just ignore
it exists. The real difference between Inkscape and Draw is that Inkscape
has taken on board more recent thinking about UI design and Draw hasn't. We
can try and make up reasons not to admit it but in the end it's there for
all to see. I'm very pro OOo but I use Inkscape simply because it is better
for the tasks I need to do. Take a look at

INGOT handbook on Lulu. Covers done in Inkscape the main pdf exported from


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