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Gobe seeks input on Productive’s UI

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Posted by:Deej on Sunday, 01 Jul, 2001 @ 11:34 PM
Gobe Software

Gobe’s Tom Hoke recently posted to the BeGroovy forums that they are seeking input from Productive users on User Interface issues. If you have strong feelings about how the user interface feels, how it should feel, or what shouldn’t change, better speak up. They’d like to hear comments not only about Gobe’s UI, but other office suites that you have strong feelings about the interface. NOTE: They aren’t looking for requested features - only User Interface (UI) comments. You can speak your feelings on our forums here.

15 Responses to “Gobe seeks input on Productive’s UI”

  1. nodaclu Says:

    Productive’s UI


    Only one thing I would like to see. It’s the only redeemable quality that M$ Office has.

    I would like to be able to work in a true page view. In other words, I like the ability that Office has to simulate the printed page (with a dark grey background behind the “page”) so I have a good feel of how the printed page will look, before it’s even printed. Other then that, you guys have done truly excellent work!

    Thanks for letting us have some input Gobe!!!!


  2. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To nodaclu @ 07/02/2001 12:16:12 AM

    Re: Productive’s UI

    I agree with this. True page view is very very nice. Its just gorgeous looking compared to a flat white background, and it helps me to visualize my documents better.

  3. WhiteRabbit Says:


    This is good news!

    First off, it means that Gobe is the really cool company ive always known they are. Asking for input like this is always nice.

    Second, it means that they believe enough in the future of BeOS to keep working on Productive. And if you consider how close they are to Be, Inc. that means something.


  4. LeftTurn Says:

    For the most part…

    …I’ve been quite happy with the present UI. It’s real easy to use and quite functional. If Gobe changes anything, I hope it’s not too drastic. I really like what they have now. I’ll take a look at some other Win packages this week and make not of stuff, good and bad, in the UI design (I already know they suffer from running over Windoze).

  5. Deej Says:

    In Response To nodaclu @ 07/02/2001 12:16:12 AM

    Re: Productive’s UI

    Make sure you voice this in the forum - while I do not doubt Tom will read here too, it will keep it all in one place for him and other Gobe employees interested. :)

  6. nodaclu Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 07/03/2001 11:54:25 AM

    Re: Productive’s UI

    Thanks for helping me describe this in a more coherent way Nutcase. :-)

    I couldn’t agree more. The visual effect of a truly simulated page, with a dark background, actually helps my creativity in my job.

    Like Nutcase said, it sounds weird, but I’ve used Word back to 5.1 on the Mac, WP, Productive, AbiWord, KWord and many others, and the visual effect Word uses is the one and only reason I go back to it.

    If I recall, Novell used a similar look and feel in one of their Netware e-mail clients.


    P.S. Tom, thanks again for allowing to have an open forum for input.
    [Edited at 12:08 Jul 3 2001 by nodaclu]

  7. Procton Says:

    In Response To nodaclu @ 07/02/2001 12:16:12 AM

    Re: Productive’s UI

    Have non of you tried to install a preview printer,
    which does exactly what you want?



  8. Procton Says:


    A nice component in MS Office suite is the presentation
    tool power point. It is very easy to use and it takes almost no time to create a nice presentation. It is pretty intuitive and has a nice interface towards the user.

    Something similiar would be nice. Perhaps this can be accomplished with only creating templates, but yet it would help the user a great deal.



  9. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Procton @ 07/03/2001 07:51:02 AM

    Re: Productive’s UI

    Print Preview does not come close to what we want. It shows it in a static form on the page w/ background before printing.

    We are asking for a way to make it appear like a print preview ALL the time. Including while we work.

    If you have ever used word (and if you havent, congratulations), we are asking for the page view mode.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Procton @ 07/03/2001 08:05:11 AM

    Re: Presentation

    First. Let me say that I love Gobe Productive.

    Since I am in higher education - Micro Sloth’s Power Point is a great tool for us. I would like to see a translator of PP presentations so that I don’t have to use MS crap.

    Thanks Tom for a great product.

    Troy Banther (TroBan)

  11. Tom Hoke Says:

    In Response To Nutcase @ 07/03/2001 09:04:01 AM

    Re: Productive’s UI

    - Page view mode has always been the default for WP and available for any document type since 1.0. The only difference between our Page view and Word’s as far as I can tell is that they draw a dark gray border around the page and we don’t. Am I missing something here?

  12. Nutcase Says:

    In Response To Tom Hoke @ 07/03/2001 11:27:10 AM

    Re: Productive’s UI

    yours is top left justified. theirs is centered. and they have the gray background, rather than just a line.

    I know it doesnt seem like much of a difference, but it really really is. That centered, gray background view is just much much nicer to work on. I know its weird, but thats just the way it is. :P

  13. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To nodaclu @ 07/02/2001 12:16:12 AM

    Re: Productive’s UI

    This (page View) is one of the first things I turn off when working in Word. For some reason, I just hate the feature. I’m not saying it shouldn’t be in Productive (if it’s not there already), but I hope a “Normal” view is present as an option as well.

  14. Anonymous Says:

    In Response To Anonymous @ 07/03/2001 10:18:55 AM

    Re: Presentation

    I haven’t used Productive much (truth be told, I prefer text editors like Pe for my writing) but I think it would be indescribably cool if the Gobe presentation module let you output presentations as OperaShow HTML documents (http://www.opera.com/support/operashow/). It lets you write presentations in HTML, but using a few special, Opera-specific tags that make the file behave like a PowerPoint presentation (the good parts, at least - minus the almost inherent tackiness that seems to characterize just about ever PPT presenation I’ve seen).

    I’m not entirely sure if the BeOS version of Opera supports OperaShow, but if Gobe is planning a Win/Mac/*nix port, then it might still be a nice open format to embrace.

  15. Anonymous Says:


    Hmmmm, I would change the buttons for GP. The ability to make them larger would be great as many people like to view things in a high resolution and nothing is nice to high-res including Be’s own icons. Aside from that I love productive. I know that the Word translators are bound to be better and I can’t wait to see what the Gobe crew has cooking… Mmmmmmm smells good. :-)


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