LibreOffice

A crossplatform personal productivity suite. LibreOffice provides six feature-rich applications for document production and data processing. The user-friendly Free, Open Source Software is supported by a worldwide community.

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Humanity

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Humanity icon set.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in final survey

We finally reached the 10th and last of our icon tests. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in magic survey #9

In this icon test we take a look at another colored icon set. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in high contrast survey #8

In this icon test we take a look at a high contrast set. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in survey ’7 of 9′ (or more)

With this next icon test we take a look at the Elementary icon set. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Tango

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Tango icon set.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in 6th survey ‘Take a breeze’

Our next icon test features the Breeze icon set, that might (or will?) become the default KDE icon set. Please, again, participate and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Nitrux

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Nitrux icon set.more...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Nuvola

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Nuvola icon set.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in survey ‘Tango no. 5′

We start the next in our little test series of different icon sets. Please, again, participate in our little game and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Faenza

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Faenza icon set.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in fantastic fourth survey

We start the next in our little test series of different icon sets. Please, again, participate in our little game and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Intermediate results of the icon tests: Oxygen

With a series of icon tests we currently study effects on the usability of icon design. This article however does not focus on these general design effects but presents findings specific to the Oxygen icon set.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in our 3rd survey

Our little journey through different icon sets continues. Please participate in our little game and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in survey no. 2

Our little journey through different icon sets continues. Please participate in our little game and help us to learn more about the usability of icon design.more...

Understanding Icons: Participate in survey (aka The Rising)

We are starting an exploratory series of studies to better understand effects of icon design. Please participate in this first survey!more...

Tip the tool: How to label toolbar functions

Toolbar functions should be labeled consistently starting with a verb which is followed by noun or adverb. We present recommendations to label the functions on Libreoffice' standard toolbar.more...

Metaphors behind icons – which are really useful?

Metaphors determine the association between a function and its icon. But sometimes these metaphors are misleading or ambiguous. With your help, we want to improve the metaphors used in Libreoffice.more...

Quick wins: Conclusions of the Libreoffice icon test

Some of the icons of LibreOffice are confusing. Based on the findings of our last study we present some quick and easy changes that improve functionality.more...

Participate: New LibreOffice Icon Test started

The LibreOffice design team announces the start of a new online icon test. You are invited to participate!more...

Semiotics in Usability: Guidelines for the Development of Icon Metaphors

In the development of icons, the metaphor plays a vital role to ensure reliable perception and comprehension. We introduce seven guidelines that help to create a balanced set of icons with high usability.more...

How abstract can an icon be? About Copy & Paste in LibreOffice

Functions without natural pendant need special attention, even the well known copy / paste. Designers have to analyze intrinsic functionality instead of simply visualizing computer nomenclature.more...

Where does the Navigator lead you?

We show on the example of the Navigator and two other functions that toolbars should not be toggled on and off by a button in the main toolbar.more...

Can a direction in time be displayed by spatial signs?

It is common practice to assign left and right with sequential steps in processing. It might be surprising that these simple functions may cause problems, but it shows the relevance of psychological knowledge to usability.more...

What is a pencil used for?

Which function do you expect when you see a pencil? To draw something or perhaps fill the background... But in the context of a word processor?more...

More is worse: About Detail in Icons

A statistical analysis shows that icons with less detail score better in terms of usability.more...

About Antiquated Metaphors in Icons

Antiquated metaphors in icons can work better than modern, but complicated ones. This can be shown on the example of the 'save' icon.more...

LibreOffice Icon Test: Where are the women?

More than 3000 users took part in the first two LibreOffice icon tests. The demographics prove us to have gathered reliable data.more...

Participate: New LibreOffice Icon Test started

The LibreOffice design team announces the start of a new online icon test. You are invited to participate!more...

Looking back: LibreOffice Conference in Paris

I have been attending the great LibreOffice 2011 Conference in Paris and held a presentation about the problems of finding the gold in the input user provide.more...

LibreOffice user research – Summary

This is the last post about our LibreOffice survey done with UserWeave and we sum up the main findings. Find out about the users of LibreOffice and how motifs can help you to create better personas.more...

LibreOffice user research – Results vol.4

Do users want Ribbons? This post about the software preferences of LibreOffice users answers this and other intresting questions and is part of the results of our extensive user research.more...

LibreOffice user research – Results vol.3

Impress is for people that want to impress and Base and Calc will become extinct? Read about the users and the usage of LibreOffice applications as part of the results of our extensive study of LibreOffice users.more...

LibreOffice user research – Results vol.2

Motifs have the potential to make the creation of personas easier and more scientific. We have done some research together with the users of LibreOffice and show how to work with motifs.more...

LibreOffice user research – Results vol.1

More than 5400 people took part in our LibreOffice User study. The results give insights about who the users of LibreOffice are and how motifs can help to describe them.more...

Impressions of a usability guy on the Berlin Desktop Summit 2011

On the joint KDE / GNOME Desktop Summit the developer community showed great interest in working closer with their users.more...

First LibreOffice user research survey closed

The first user research survey for LibreOffice has just been closed. About 5400 participants exceeded our hopes and expectations by far.more...

Designer vs. Developer? A FLOSS perspective.

The relationship of developers and designers is full of misunderstandings. Projects fail, e. g. due to the struggle among different views on the same subject. Communication can be frustrating for both sides. But there is hope. In this article I want to share and discuss factors that facilitate a 'Designer with Developer' rather than a 'Designer vs. Developer' in FLOSS projects.more...

Hello LibreOffice!

User Prompt is happy to be part of the planet LibreOffice!more...

Usability meets Open Source on Berlin LinuxTag

LinuxTag 2010 is about to start and we will - together with the OpenOffice.org User Experience team - hold an informal meeting on Usability in OpenSource.more...