[Libreoffice-ux-advise] [GSoC] Use Widget Layout for the Start Center

Niklas Johansson sleeping.pillow at gmail.com
Fri Aug 16 05:34:00 PDT 2013

Hi Krisztian

Nice work so far.

I'm no UX-expert but one thing that struck me when trying out the new 
start center was that I did not immediately find how to open an empty 
document. I had to choose a category to find the new document button. 
Wouldn't it make sense to add all buttons (new document, new 
spreadsheet, new ...) to the all tab?

Niklas Johansson

Krisztian Pinter skrev 2013-07-24 18:16:
> Hi all!
> I'm working on this GSoC project: 
> https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Gsoc/Ideas#Use_Widget_Layout_for_the_Start_Center
> "Currently, the Start Center (the start screen you get when you start 
> LibreOffice) is only a static bitmap, with few buttons and links. It 
> would be useful to present few recently used documents there (as 
> thumbnails), and do more fancy stuff.
> See this overview and WidgetLayout to get more information about the 
> Widget Layout (this part is actually very similar to the above 
> mentioned task). Additionally, code for rendering the thumbnails will 
> have to be introduced, and maybe some code sharing with the new 
> Template Manager will be needed too."
> I've already converted the current startcenter to .ui, and it has been 
> merged to master, but it's still being improved. I'm currently working 
> on adding thumbnails for recent docs.
> I'd like to request a mockup for the startcenter (with thumbnails for 
> recent docs), so we can make it look nice and pretty.
> Kendy, my GSoC mentor, listed these points as his preference:
> >* Keep the buttons to start apps some way (but they could be smaller 
> or organized another way
> >* Keep the LibreOffice logo, but the other visual things (like the 
> shadows etc.) might go from my point of view
> >* Make it resizable, so that the screen size is better used (ie. no 
> more fixed rectangle in the middle of the screen)
> Looking forward to your feedback!
> All the best,
> Krisztian
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