Design/Playground/Splash screen

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Summary

Play with the design of LibreOffice's splash screen. You might want to use this SVG file to craft your design.

The deadline for submitting proposals for 3.6 is over. All the proposals below will be considered for future versions, though. If you don't want your proposal to be considered anymore, please remove it.

Scope

In Scope Out of Scope
  • Change the background of the splash screen
  • Design for official TDF LibreOffice builds, community builds, or both
  • Reposition any elements on the splash screen (including the progress indicator)
  • Change the size of the splash screen
  • Use the LibreOffice logo in a way that goes against our guidelines
  • Restyle the progress indicator (changing its colours is okay, though – but please don't introduce gradients or a different layout; see below)
  • Alpha transparency

Designs

Progress Indicator Configuration File

Editing this configuration file is not a must, but if you want to test your new splash screen realistically, it does help. If you are unsure about any of the below parts, it is fine to just add a mock progress indicator to your SVG.

sofficerc (on Windows: soffice.ini) is a small text file that contains several options regarding LibreOffice's startup. Among other things, it defines the look of the progress indicator that is displayed on the splash screen.

Depending on your installation it might lie in different places.

  • Windows: C:\Program Files\LibreOffice 3.x\program\soffice.ini
    • You need to be an administrator to change this file. The easiest thing to do is usually to open the file in an editor (like Notepad), save it to your home folder and then copy it back to the LibreOffice directory (you might have to click Yes on a few confirmation prompts asking you whether to really replace the original file)
  • Debian/Ubuntu: /etc/libreoffice/sofficerc
    • You'll need administrator rights to edit this file. To edit the file, go to the terminal and type gksudo gedit /etc/libreoffice/sofficerc (replace "gedit" with the text editor you use).
  • ... (please add)

The relevant options in this file are:

; Color of the progress bar, in Red, Green, Blue form
ProgressBarColor=48,195,48

; Color of the frame of the progress bar, in Red, Green, Blue form
ProgressFrameColor=128,128,128

; Position of the frame's upper left corner in the form X, Y
; Note: The progress bar itself always has an offset of 2 pixels
; in either direction from the given position
ProgressPosition=75,234

; Size of the frame of the progress bar in the form X, Y
; Note: The progress bar itself always is 4 pixels smaller in
; either direction than its frame
ProgressSize=406,13

Configuration Accompanying Proposals

"Keep It Simple" by William Gathoye

sofficerc
ProgressBarColor=255,255,255
ProgressFrameColor=207,208,211
ProgressPosition=73,250
ProgressSize=405,10

"Light" by Mirek2

ProgressBarColor=180,180,180
ProgressFrameColor=255,255,255
ProgressPosition=10,135
ProgressSize=318,10

"Minty" by Astron

sofficerc
ProgressBarColor=48,195,48
ProgressFrameColor=128,128,128
ProgressPosition=75,234
ProgressSize=406,13

"Motify" by Florian Reisinger

ProgressBarColor=126,170,23
ProgressFrameColor=207,208,211
ProgressPosition=110,570
ProgressSize=400,10

"Shadow Intro" by Andrea Soragna

ProgressBarColor=255,255,255
ProgressFrameColor=255,255,255
ProgressPosition=60,315
ProgressSize=420,6

"Hide and Seek" by Astron

sofficerc
ProgressBarColor=26,26,26
ProgressFrameColor=255,255,255
ProgressPosition=10,457
ProgressSize=480,13