This page gives a short overview over tools that are useful for User Experience and Design work. While of course the tools you choose to work with depend on personal preference, it is important that we can work together easily. Therefore, a few tools on this page are marked strongly recommended.
Know and understand LibreOffice users to better meet their needs.
|OpenOffice.org User Feedback Program||
The OpenOffice.org User Feedback Program is a collection of tools to gather, transfer and analyse usage statistics by real users of OpenOffice.org. The use of dialogs, menus, toolbars and shortcut keys is counted and transferred to a central server if the user accepts an agreement. The collected data can be exported to simple spreadsheets or analysed in various ways. The User Feedback Program provides insight into the real use of functionality available in the office suite. It is shipped with OpenOffice.org since version 3.1. Please note that only usage data is collected; nor document content nor personal information are part of the gathered data.
According to the intended audience - and sometimes due to inconsistent naming - the User Feedback Program is also called "Usage Tracking" or "OpenOffice.org Improvement Program".
|no||Impress Click Map|
LimeSurvey is an open-source survey application to provide online surveys which are hosted on an usual webserver. The surveys can be provided in different languages and with a customized design, e.g. for OpenOffice.org. The survey design and some analysis is available within the administration pages of the software.
|no||OpenOffice.org User Survey|
|LibreOffice Help (Online)||
For those who don't download the LibreOffice Help Pack, the LibreOffice help has been made available in a wiki system. This wiki system features "popular pages" which might help to get insights what components or features cause the most questions - so people want to have a look at it. Please note that browsing through the pages does also affect the "page hits counter", so please be careful when analyzing the data.
Website: LibreOffice Help Online
|yes||LibreOffice Help Online, Popular Pages|
Generate and accumulate ideas to create innovative design proposals.
Inkscape is a very powerful open-source vector graphics editor which uses the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format. The created graphics can be exported to the PNG format so that they can be used in both the Wiki or LibreOffice.
Recommended use: diagrams, GUI mockups, icons
|yes||Mockups for the print dialog|
The Gimp is a very powerful open-source bitmap graphics editor. The created graphics can be exported in various formats so that they can be used in both the Wiki or LibreOffice.
Recommended use: GUI mockups (especially modifying existing screenshots), simulation of color vision deficiency, image composition, very simple animations
|LibreOffice Draw / Impress||
Draw is the drawing application and Impress is the presentation application of LibreOffice. So why not use LibreOffice to design LibreOffice?
Recommended use: GUI mockups, diagrams, clickable prototypes and animations (Impress)
|Paper and Pencil||
The "Paper and Pencil" approach is simply the use of a sheet of paper and a pencil to draw early sketches. It is named here, since its usefulness is often underestimated. Drawing is the most natural approach, since you don't need to consider the requirements of a certain software tool. Simply start drawing and don't think about about artistic skills - you only need boxes and some text. The "Paper and Pencil" approach is directly related to the well known method "Paper Prototyping".
Recommended use: very early GUI mockups, diagrams
Advantage: Fast and flexible design
The Pencil Project is an open-source add-on for the Mozilla Firefox which uses the drawing engine of the browser.
Recommended use: GUI mockups, diagrams
|short test only||none|
Evaluate promising solutions and analyze the current design.
|Colorblind Web Page Filter||
The Colorblind Web Page Filter simulates color vision deficiency on already existing websites. There are several sets of color blindness filters which can be applied to a user-defined URL. That makes it possible to simulate vision deficiencies with nearly any website. But, please keep in mind that there are some elements on the websites which cannot be re-calculated. You will find further information on the website.
Recommended use: simulation of color vision deficiency
Advantages: Fast and easy simulation
|yes||OpenOffice.org Website and "red/green blindness" (Protan)|
A contrast analyser is used to evaluate the contrast between foreground and background colours (in text, user interface controls, and images containing text). Make sure to check the Luminosity algorithm (which uses the algorithm from WCAG 2.0), not the outdated Colour brightness/difference algorithm.
Disadvantages: only available for Windows and Mac OS X, not Linux/Unix.
|Portable Usability Lab||
A usability lab is used to check products with real end-customers. The Fedora Project currently develops a Portable Usability Lab which is rather cheap - compared to commercial solutions.
Support, Documentation and Development
Detailed information can be found in the blog entry "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words!" by the UX Team.
|Personal Idea of a Welcome Center|
|SVG Icon / Graphics Workflow||There is a preferred workflow to extract individual icons (or other graphics) from one SVG file created via Inkscape.
||Extraction script file cnvsvg.py||LibreOffice Initial Icons Development|
|OpenOffice.org Specification Project||Software specifications are an essential part of the OpenOffice.org development process. Changes to OpenOffice.org be it adding new feature or enhancing existing ones will be done based on written software specifications. This is absolutely necessary as there are always multiple persons or groups involved in a change to OpenOffice.org||Specification Project||Specifications which affect all OpenOffice.org modules|
|Git Version Control System||Git is used to host the source code and additional data files for LibreOffice in a central repository. It also contains the artwork files (splashscreen graphics, icons, ...) that are directly used provide the visual experience for the user.
You might want to know what files are located where - then use the cgit web frontend. And, if you regularly work with source code related artwork files, it makes sense to get used to git. A tutorial introduction for contributing changes to artwork in the source code is available.
? new links? github? directly in libosource tree?
Further Topic Ideas
- OpenOffice.org Wiki
- OpenOffice.org Writer / Calc
- Issue Tracker
- Keyword: usability (Issues referring to usability and ease of learning should have this keyword.)
- Keyword: usagetracking (Usagetracking issues for Renaissance Project)
- Assigned to: ???
- Icon Test icon-test.com/en
- ASCII Art
- Enthnographic studies
- Focus groups
- Contextual inquiries (User interviews, User observations)
- Site visits
- OpenOffice.org Uninstallation Survey (started with OOo 3.2)
- Text analysis: