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From Peter Junge <>
Subject Re: AOO.Next IBM Priorities
Date Thu, 01 Nov 2012 23:26:22 GMT
Great! Thanks for sharing.


On 11/2/2012 12:45 AM, wrote:
> A quick note, wearing my "IBM hat".
> We (IBM) have consulted with customers, internal users, other IBM product
> teams, on what our (IBM's) development priorities should be for the next
> AOO release.  Obviously, we're not the only ones with priorities or
> interests or opinions.  We don't make AOO decisions by ourselves.  But we
> want to be transparent about what our own priorities are, for our
> employees participating in the AOO community, and what they will be
> focusing on.   As we did with AOO 3.4.0 and 3.4.1, we'll be putting the
> details onto the wiki over the next couple of weeks.  You'll hear more at
> ApacheCon, but I wanted you to hear it hear first.
> Our top priorities:
> -- Improve the install and deployment experience, especially by supporting
> digital signatures on installs, and introducing a new incremental update
> feature, so users are not required to download and install a full image
> for just a minor update.
> -- A major UI enhancement, a sidebar framework for the editors, ported
> over from Symphony, and including an API.  If you recall, Symphony won
> quite a lot of praise for its UI, and much of this was due to the sidebar
> panel.  I think we can make a good argument that this approach, say
> compared to the MS Office "ribbon" is a better use of screen real-estate,
> especially as we see more frequent use of wide screen displays.
> -- Improved Table of Contents in Writer
> -- Improved system integration on Windows and MacOS, including possible
> adoption of "gestures".
> -- IAccessible2 bridge, ported over from Symphony, to improve
> accessibility.  This is a major effort, but very important.
> -- Closer integration of clipart and template libraries with user
> experience.
> -- Update branding and visual styling, contemporary and compelling, fresh
> and relevant.
> -- Social integration, allow our users to quickly and easily share their
> thoughts in a way that compliment their commercial social behavior.
> Explore the integration of consumer service-specific capabilities as well
> as generic Share... actions.
> -- And many other smaller items
> Obviously the release date for this cannot be pinned down so early, and
> releasing is PMC decision, not an IBM one.  But we think that this work
> could be completed and tested for a release in the March/April 2013
> time-frame.  And the scope of the release might be significant enough to
> warrant a "4.0" designation.
> In any case, we'll soon set up a page on the wiki to collect these items.
> As always, I invite you to add your own priorities to the wiki, things
> that you would like to work on.  This could be a new feature.  Or, if one
> of the above items sound interesting to you, we always welcome help
> designing and implementing these features.
> Regards,
> -Rob

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