Monday, March 17, 2008

Customizing OpenOffice.org Splash Screen

One of the beauty of Open Source is the ability to hack into the codes and modifies it to suit our needs. One of the most popular Open Source project currently is OpenOffice.org. We are all waiting for their upcoming 2.4.0 release which should bring quite significant improvements over 2.3.1 (the current stable version). Meanwhile, the developer is busy working with the next major version of OpenOffice.org 3.0.

One of the most anticipated components of OpenOffice.org on every major release is the splash screen. Before OpenOffice.org 2.0 comes out, OOo team held a contest to pick the default splash screen which will be included in 2.x series and Brendan Whelan won the contest.

Andrew Z wrote on his blog about how to customize the OOo splash screen. If you don't like it, you can disable it or even remove it. Or, if you prefer to use other images, then you can replace the default splash screen with your own images.

With April Joke is coming, i think you can use this splash screen from KDE-Look project to fool your friends big grin

Note: If you are using the default option, the progress bar will not be in the correct position. I tried to modify the sofficerc file and edit this line : ProgressPosition=10,213. Now the progress bar fits on the correct place (below the text).