Archive for November, 2011



by Kaj Kandler

In my quest to improve the user experience at Plan-B for OpenOffice/LibreOffice, I did change the over 1,000 video pages, such as “Export a presentation in PDF format” or “How to create an Agenda Template with Writer.”

All video pages were constructed the same. Front and center was a massive frame for the 800×600 video player. Every video started instantly when the page loaded. I replaced the frame it with a simple “play video” button that brings up an overlay to play the video. This button is much smaller and allows you to start the video multiple times.

I have read that starting video instantly is not appreciated by most users and I sympathize. Although our videos are silent, and do not draw attention immediately from everybody around, it feels better to be in control.

This change brings the textual content of the pages above the fold and I hope this will stimulate users to explore the site more fully. if I’m right this should influence lower the bounce rate and increase the average time spend on the site.



by Kaj Kandler

Three days ago I asked the question “How often do you view OpenOffice/LibreOffice documents on your Android device?” on Plan-B for The 100 free answers came in fast. The survey was closed in less than two days.

Thank you to all that participated, here are the results

Survey results: 81% don't view ODF documents on their device

Clearly ODF documents are not very popular on Android devices. 54% that did take the time to answer the question said, they never needed to do so. 27% replied they don’t have an Android device. I assume the real number of users w/o an Android device is even higher, as it was self selecting to answer the question in the first place.

However 13% did view an ODF document at least once and 4% do it more often than once a week. I think we can assume that nearly 100% of Android devices are phones. The answers might be different when we ask the question for iOS, the Apple mobile operating system.

Your thoughts?



by Kaj Kandler

Today I added a survey to all video pages on Plan-B for Open Office / LibreOffice.

The survey asks “How often do you view OpenOffice/LibreOffice documents on your Android device?”

  • Never, I don’t have an Android device
  • Never, did not need to
  • Tried once, did not work
  • Tried once, successful
  • Several times
  • Once a month
  • Once a week
  • More Often

I used SurveyMonkey with a free account.