LibreOffice is still garbage

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Rant ahead, you’ve been warned. Half an hour ago I had probably my last voluntary interaction with LibreOffice, it’s been nearly a decade and it’s still so god-damn infuriating and cumbersome. Let me describe my recent experience and what was the last drop for me: I was sent a nice spreadsheet with the request to draw a few simple graphs. Sounds simple, right? I opened the file, the first thing LO did, was to ask me if I wanted to recover some ancient document I had opened. a) The first problem with is that I couldn’t care less about the document, it’s absolutely irrelevant and ancient – if I actually cared, I’d’ve recovered it 6 months ago. b) The second problem is that LibreOffice thinks the first thing to do, when opening a totally new file, is to start recovering something. NO! I want to see my new file. c) The recovery wizard asks me once again when I press discard. No is a no! d) The cherry on top of everything is that the recovered file is identical in visible content, jesus fuck why bother the user if you can’t actually recover shit. It’s pointless2. Finally, my spreadsheet opens. But someone has made a cell that exceeds my screen height, containing some instructional text. I literally can’t read it, this shit only scrolls 2000px at a time. After I’ve copied the cell empty and managed to resize it to a normal size, I hope that I can now take a look at the data. Now it also turns out that the touchpad scrolling is as sensitive as damn nitrogen triiodide, scroll is basically unusable. Only in LibreOffice keep in mind. Ok, I go find my replacement mouse. It’s been 15 minutes by now, with my new mouse I can finally I select the necessary rows and column, and press “Insert chart” OH GOD, Ẕ̵̛̒͛̽̂̎͘̕͝ä̷̧͕͇̗̗̲͎͚̭́̌̈́͌̈̈́̈́̔̈́̑̕͘͘ͅl̶̢̛̖͖̘̗͙͈̝͔̮͇̬͙̦͐̈́͆̌̌̏̈ģ̸̨̨̛̘̻̲͋͂̏͌̚ơ̸̢̞̓̿̒͑̔̈́͊̿͝͝ has been summoned (https://imgur.com/AnCzymH). The columns are all fucked up, why did it use a classifier as the bar label, UGH. Time to change to the correct chart type, lovely two second delay on every change on a fucking R9 3900x wtf?? It crashed 🙂, no I don’t have dbgsym installed, why would I. What user has the time to deal with all that. I repeat the previous steps from the beginning, now the correct chart type has been selected, it still looks ugly as fuckk, data series are still messed up. The Data series part of the wizard is terse and there are no tooltips to understand what it’s expecting from me to turn a column into categories. Time to open the documentation, woo. I open google and type in “LibreOffice calc graph documentation”, the first link is a fucking .odt, AAAAAAA, I don’t want to download it at all. It should just be a web page or a PDF, nobody needs to edit it by-default, you have hybrid saving ffs. The document is 42 pages, who the fuck has time for that, plus it starts doing spellcheck and shit making some words annoying to read because it’s shittily antialiased. Time to disable that. Now the document is just ugly to look at, with examples that look like they’re from the early 2000s. Ok I didn’t find what I was looking for, time to close it, some random blog post from 2005 helped me instead. Now LO asks me if I want to save it. OMFG I DID NOT EDIT IT FUCK OFF. Time to also delete it because I was forced to download it. Now that the graph is correct, I need to fix the colors. The color scheme also repeats after 12 or so colors, wtf it’s worse than CGA, even it had more colors! Why do they not match with each other at all 🤮🤮 and why do I have to fix the shit defaults. Ok it still doesn’t look nice and my patience to support a FOSS project has ran out. I just draw the graph in under a minute in Google Docs because it’s not stupid. I seriously despise it so much for wasting so much of my time each and every single time I have used it. Such glaring usability issues and they’re basically just ignored. Especially lovely are the apologists that will certainly come and say “You’re just holding it wrong” and downvote, no, it’s shit. I will strangle whoever dares suggest me to use it even once again in the next five years. Thank you for reading this rant, I hope you had just as much fun as I did using LO. submitted by /u/Avamander [link] [comments]

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