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!
why not have docked panes in Draw? If it works well offer it.
Simple. Because the topic wasn't about docked panes, but about the
You brought up docked panes, not me ;-)
And, "used" varies. If we compare functionality, then it should be
compared on a given use case.
Take most use cases and Inkscape will win.
I agree that Inkscape is a great tool and
much more handy for kids - in my point of view, because simple things
like like moving objects, drag-and-drop, ... works better.
But, to be efficient within complex graphics, the task pane of Inkscape
just "grabs" a lot of space (which then has to be scrolled, or you have
to undock it and move it around, ...). Fortunately, in our case,
position control is given via the toolbars - not only via the task pane.
Which is a whole lot less user friendly, whether it is a professional
graphics designer or a school kid.
By the way, Christian Lippka offered a nice "private" teaser some weeks
ago. This is about how the layout might work for such task panes:
However, the original discussion was about avoiding iterative
opening/closing the position dialog. And the given proposal was to -
first - improve the positioning first.
The point is that for me Inkscape is more usable and if there was an option
to replace Draw with it in LO/OOo I'd take that option. Clumsy
non-multi-tasking dialogues are just one of many issues. I guess if a long
time supporter of OOo like me is saying this many others would too, so
rather than trying to justify Draw's shortcomings we need to work out how to
prioritise improvements to Draw and learn from applications that do it
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