[Libreoffice-ux-advise] [Bug 93244] Widescreen aspect ratio (16:9) by default in Impress

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Mon Jul 24 19:17:08 UTC 2017


--- Comment #9 from Bastián Díaz <diazbastian at openmailbox.org> ---
(In reply to Yousuf Philips (jay) from comment #8)
> Well this discussion would only focus on the default interface layout, but
> even if we include the other interface layouts, all but the tabbed
> notebookbar utilize the sidebar.

why? You say it as if the interfaces in LO were something static, even the
default layout is dynamic. There are elements that are only found in the
sidebar or will follow that path. 
If only showing the tab bar of sidebar by default, you gain more space by
showing a 16:9 slide than a 4:3 slide.

On the other hand, it is not a real problem using different configurations of
the default layout using a 16:9 page format (note: the size of the sidebar is
the one that brings by default LO). https://cloud.woelkli.com/s/amf5az6HWlCtwtm

I don't think you should not use a new page format simply because the default
layout has less space to work, but instead, adapt the elements of the default
layout to embrace the new format is the way. As I said earlier 4:3 formats are
legacy and so other presentation applications offer templates for this,
although currently the default format is 16:9. Also consider Apple Keynote, MS
Power Point and other presentations apps also have a slide pane and a sidebar
using the 16:9 format by default for years.

> As mentioned above in comment 1, "... the majority of them havent shifted
> over to widescreen yet, but provide in their template selector dialog an
> easy means of seeing 4:3 and 16:9 templates to choose from." This statement
> is true for iwork keynote, calligra stage, corel presentation x7, and used
> to also be true for GDrive when i made that comment.

On the template selector I agree, but it is not so on the default page format.
The dialog for selecting templates is optional and shows both options, however,
the default format remains 16:9 if nothing is selected. 

> The simplest solution is to do the same and create a black 4:3 and 16:9
> templates that the users can select from when the template manager appears.

IMHO I think it is not good to show templates of different formats on one page.
For example, Apple Keynote shows a set of common templates and a combobox that
allows you to select the resolution of these (changing the aspect ratio), even
if the resolution is changed, the same set of templates is displayed.

LibreOffice could display a limited set of templates (including a blank layout)
available in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio.

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