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There's been a lot of controversy about the Renaissance project to develop a new user interface for OpenOffice.org, with some users thinking it will be too similar to Microsoft's ribbon interface. Leaving aside copyright questions and discussions about the popularity or otherwise of ribbon interfaces, the apps in the beta have the traditional menus and toolbar interface rather than something radically different. However, icons have been redesigned and the menu and toolbars have a shaded, 3D look that's much more attractive than the old-fashioned look of previous versions. If you want to try out several different interface styles that are being considered, you can run a Java prototype.