The aim of the suggestions below are to enable:
a) more efficient use of the screen real estate;
b) simplification of the LibreOffice Impress UI; and
c) increased office productivity with LibreOffice Impress.
Currently the location of the sections called 'Normal', 'Outline', 'Notes', 'Handout', 'Slide Sorter' wastes a lot of screen real estate above the slide:
1. Suggestion move the sections called 'Normal', 'Outline', 'Notes', 'Handout', 'Slide Sorter' into the 'Slide Pane'.
When creating a presentation with the 'Normal' section, diagrams, animations, transitions, videos, etc can be applied. However, Notes can not be added. Creating notes before, during and/or after a slide is created requires going to the 'Notes' section. There is currently a 'Slide Pane' on the right and a 'Side Bar' on the left:
2. Suggestion in the 'Normal' section enable a 'Notes' pane at the bottom of the screen.
You can 'Hide' both the 'Slide Pane' and 'Side Bar'. If the suggested 'Notes' pane is incorporated into the 'Normal' section then:
3. Suggestion enable 'Notes' pane to be resized or hidden.
If the Notes section is incorporated into the 'Normal' section:
4. Suggestion remove the 'Notes' section from sections called 'Normal', 'Outline', 'Notes', 'Handout', 'Slide Sorter'.
If the UI changes are incorporated, then the 'Slide Pane' function has changed:
5. Suggestion rename the 'Slide Pane' to 'View Pane'.
As the 'Slide Pane' can be hidden:
6. Suggestion to enable the view to be changed, add 'Normal', 'Slide Sorter' and 'Slide Show' icons to the status bar.
UXers, please review this.
There already were some tough discussions on changing tabs for views, and AFAIR without satisfying result so far.
Reviewing this would be easier with some mock up ;)
Created attachment 117130 [details]
Mock up as requested by Cor Nouws
Thank you for your even better solution to point 1 in description,
i.e. Impress Mode selection
which is available in:
Version: 220.127.116.11.alpha1+ (x64)
Build ID: 186f365a2c541c51e404b1fa819f35c9152adaf1
TinderBox: Win-x86_64@62-TDF, Branch:MASTER, Time: 2015-11-19_23:26:12
Perhaps the "Normal Display Mode" could still be improved to utilize the screen real estate even better with a Notes pane at the bottom of the screen. I'll endeavor to write (with mock up) a new enhancement for a Normal Display Mode with a notes pane at the bottom.
The current Notes Display Mode seems to be the "Presenter's Hardcopy/Print Display Mode" as the current setup for the notes mode is useful to see what a printed A4 copy would look like and make sure the notes fit on an A4 sheet of paper.
However, as the Impress Mode selection resolves point 1 in description setting status to RESOLVED.
Thank you once again!
Bug 33603 deals with adding notes into normal and bug 87672 deals with adding the various views in the slide pane.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 33603 ***