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From Roberto Galoppini <>
Subject Re: Apache OpenOffice Templates and Extensions new sites
Date Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:56:54 GMT
Draft blog post, see below. I couldn't upload a draft version since I do
not have (yet) access to the blog.

Apache OpenOffice Extensions and Templates New Sites

Since 2012 SourceForge has been distributing Apache OpenOffice downloads
and actively maintaining both Apache OpenOffice Extensions
<> and Templates
<> sites. I wrote a couple of short blog
about the changes that affect end- users.

Extensions that have not been updated in a while report the following
message: "Warning message This extension was not updated recently. It might
not work with latest versions of OpenOffice." See for example how looks
like the old Oracle PDF Importer

Registered users see an additional notice on unmaintained extensions that
allows them to contact the original author and apply for a co-maintainer
role. Co-maintainers can edit the extension description and create releases.

Registration emails and password related communications are now delivered
in the language chosen by the user. It worth to add that we are more than
happy to provide .po files to whoever is willing to help with translations.
If need will arise we'll consider the possibility to upload localization
files to the Apache Pootle server so that existing translation teams can
help and the site can be translated into more than the current three
languages (English, French, German).

Recovering passwords has been simplified to cover cases where users had
difficulties in resetting their passwords: users receive an email in their
language with a simple link to reset their password with no further steps.

Sites have been converted to use a more efficient anti-spam system that
will improve handling by extensions maintainers: the system will not
trigger anti-spam warnings and page unpublishing when the author modifies a
popular extension.

*Changes users facing*.

*The new extensions home <> *has a strong
focus on the search box, a brand new logo, and an overall redesigned look
and feel, where all menu items have icons for better readability.

*The new templates home* <> is similar to
the Apache OpenOffice Extensions site, with a similar redesigned look and
feel and different colors to highlight which application a given template
can be applied to.

*The new administrative interface* includes a navigation bar at the top for
Extensions’ authors that links to the most common actions. We also improved
the GUI, making it more intuitive for uploading extensions.

*Search* has been completely redesigned too. It’s worth mentioning that
there are other changes sprinkled here and there, including an alert for
outdated extensions that provides an easy way to contact the original

2016-01-13 23:28 GMT+01:00 Marcus <>:

> Am 01/12/2016 09:17 PM, schrieb Roberto Galoppini:
>> Over the last few months we have been busy redesigning the Apache
>> OpenOffice Templates and Extensions experience, basically incorporating
>> feedback and simplifying the existing procedures.
>> As a result both sites are now easy to use both for end-users - see how
>> prominent is the search or how using different colors we made trivial to
>> understand for which application a given template has been designed for -
>> and admins - the most common actions are all in a top bar, and uploading
>> is
>> now trivial.
>> In the process we redesigned the look and feel, iconized all menu items
>> and
>> more.
>> I wrote a quick blog post at my blog, see
> thanks a lot for this great news and improvement. If there is still room
> in your daily schedule then a new post in our blog would be great, too. ;-)
> Marcus
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