Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2004 1:59 pm Post subject: Launch Menu / Individual Prog Shortcuts
I made a template file for each of the four OO.o programs. By selecting the template you'll launch Neo/J into that program (provided Neo/J is default, not OO.oX11, if not, just make it for each of these files).
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Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2004 2:54 pm Post subject:
This does raise an interesting question for bundling, though. The problem, of course, is that there's really only one application (like AppleWorks) but yet most users would probably think in MS Office terms where there are separate applications for each task. When installing, should we retain everything in one bundle inside of Applications or try to find a way to make four separate "applications" for each of the main components? Or should it be a folder with the application bundle inside and then the four templates?
I'm just curious. The very very first alpha installer I put together had four separate launching scripts to map to the four default components. Then we consolidated it into one catch-all with Start OOo and the single app bundle approach.
and could someone just confirm that they work as expected? i tested them on my two computers, but sample size and all.
As for the launcher/icon question, Ed and I talked a bit about it already, but my answer is that the icons are worth more than a launcher (Office X vs. Appleworks). it is just more intuiative, i think to open the specific program, rather than go to a launcher.
now, if we could make it so the icons could live on the app side of the dock, that would rock.
Joined: Jun 07, 2003 Posts: 234 Location: near Cologne, Germany
Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2004 4:23 am Post subject:
I don't use different office applications on my Mac (I'm faithful to NeoOffice/J ), but I've worked with AppleWorks and Ragtime before NeoOffice/J and have seen the screenshots of the new M$ Office:mac. They all don't have different "application-part" icons, but they ask you after start what kind of document you want do create (except Ragtime). I'm wondering if this is the "default" for an office application on OS X? Is there is something about that in Apple's HIGs?
I've also looked at the program menu of my KDE-Desktop. There are items for each "application-part" and no "monolithic" icon. Is this the "default" for OOo on all platforms?
I don't prefer one of the both approaches. May be the application-part icons could be an optionin the installation program ("[ ] Create separate icons for Writer, Presenter, Math, Draw")?
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