Created attachment 39920 [details]
Mockup of improved look
The default page in LibreOffice currently look a bit outdated. Whilst the inner border to signify the print area looks fine, the dark border of the whole page and the garish drop shadow look very Windows 95.
This is a bad first impression for every user, and instead it should give an image of a modern and usable office suite.
Attached is a mockup of what I think the page should instead look like, on the left is the current look, with my proposed look on the right.
I have simply made the outer border the same colour as the inner border, and then added a shadow with no offset, with a slight gaussian blur and a low opacity.
I agree. However, it would be nice if the active page had a darker surrounding than inactive pages.
Personally I appreciate the mock up ;-)
Nice idea! I'll try to get some time to provide some code pointers: it may even be an easy hack.
Some code pointers for an implementation:
* Getting the misc rectangles:
*Actually drawing the whole stuff:
This can be an easy hack... that is not so easy...
Just for the sake of completeness:
OOo Impress recently added "smooth" shadows, so please have a look at it how it behaves (e.g. values for the shadow, static zooming behavior). The Oracle UX team worked on that, thus it should behave well.
Moreover, the Notes/Comments in LibO may be affected by that. Or, they may benefit if the original spec is applied as well:
For me that seems useful as a crop, but I have to agree, the mockup looks nice, and people will like it. So we should follow common "look and feel".
I started work on it using gradients
This is done, right ?, I see new shadow thing in master now. Can we set this to closed then ?
(In reply to comment #8)
There are currently discussions on the design list about how the shadow should look like and how we can improve it... I don't know if we can close the bug while the discussion is in progress...
Can we keep open until discussions have finished? Thanks :)
Started specification for all applications:
Announced on LibreOffice Design, (kindly) asked for feedback by Sébastien, Andrew and Nik :-)
It seems that shadow has been implemented into draw/impress by OOo UX team. They used a 4 sided shadow which, from the discussions we had on design list, seems to be the one that satisfies most people.
I'm currently implementing the same kind of shadow on writer but it's quite hard since a lot of layout functions do not take shadow into account for their computation. This causes a lot of glitches, especially in book mode when you add a page. The code for the shadow is ready for one week now but I still have to track and solve those glitches which need some code rework.
Sébastien: did this get completed, or did the design and/or implementation details crush your spirit ;-) What we have seems to look good to me, what's "to-do" if you want to return this to the pool for someone to have a shot at completing it ?
Was already fixed for LibO 3.4 with
by Sebastien Le Ray.
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