Why do the old OpenOffice icons look better?

I was doing some casual research on OpenOffice and I noticed something peculiar. Perhaps it’s just me, but the old icons look cleaner and less clunky.

OpenOffice.org (OOo) was developed by Sun Microsystems, then by Oracle when Oracle acquired Sun. Most of the OOo developers left Oracle to work on a fork called LibreOffice, and because of that, Oracle fired the remaining OOo developers in April 2011. The code was donated to Apache and became Apache OpenOffice, the current iteration of OpenOffice.

Program OpenOffice.org 3.0 Apache OpenOffice 4.0
Writer OOo 3.0 Writer (Mac) Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Writer (Win)
Calc OOo Calc 3.0 (Mac) Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Calc (Win)
Impress OOo 3.0 Impress (Mac) Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Impress (Win)
Draw OOo 3.0 Draw (Mac) Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Draw (Win)
Math OOo 3.0 Math (Mac) Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Math
Base OOo 3.0 Base (Mac) Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Base

Seriously, it looks like they just took the old OpenOffice.org 2 icons, ignoring the new colour guideline.

I guess this is yet another reason why almost all Linux distributions have switched to LibreOffice.


The OpenOffice.org icons are licensed under the LGPL 2.1 or higher, and the Apache OpenOffice icons are licensed under the Apache 2.0 licence.


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