Issue 103267 - Allow effect "Shadow" applied to multiple lines at once
Summary: Allow effect "Shadow" applied to multiple lines at once
Alias: None
Product: Impress
Classification: Application
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 3.0.1
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: usability
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Reported: 2009-07-02 10:39 UTC by ftack
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:43 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description ftack 2009-07-02 10:39:02 UTC
With one line object selected, the format - line dialog displays a "Shadow tab"
in addition to the "Line", "Line styles" and "Arrow styles" tab.

When multiple lines are selected, the shadow tab is not available.

Why would users be prevented to change shadow properties for a few lines at once?
Comment 1 wolframgarten 2009-07-02 10:54:38 UTC
Comment 2 dliebreich 2010-03-28 01:32:45 UTC
@ftack: the line and filling toolbar has a shadow button. Clicking on it applies
a shadow to all selected objects. Does that button do what you want?

all: There is no straightforward method to apply a custom shadow effect to 2 or
more line objects simultaneously. 

I used OOo-dev 3.3.0 DEV300m75 on Mac in my investigations. 

I found 3 places where shadow effects can be applied to line objects:

* The shadow button on the line and filling toolbar
* Format->Line... ("Shadow" tab)
* Format->Area... ("Shadow" tab)

The toolbar button works, but I could only use it to apply the default shadow

A stated in the original report, the shadow tab is only available on the
Format->Line... dialog when 1 line object is selected. If 2 or more objects are
selected, the tab is not present.

The only remaining place I found to apply a custom shadow effect is the shadow
tab on the Format->Area... dialog. But:

This dialog is grayed out in the Format menu if only line objects are selected.

In my testing, I discovered a workaround. If another type of object is selected
along with the lines, then this menu option is available.

So to create a custom shadow effect on multiple lines, I need to

* create a rectangle
* select the lines and the rectangle
* use Format->Area...Shadow
* delete the rectangle

This seems a bit awkward and confusing.

On a side note: In Writer, Format->Object->Area...Shadow behavior is different
than Impress. The menu item is always available, so you *can* use it to apply a
shadow to multiple lines. Format->Object->Line...Shadow behaves the same way as
it does in Impress.
Comment 3 ftack 2010-08-18 11:45:45 UTC
I think this issue can be confirmed by now.