Issue 17604 - Image resize should maintain aspect ratio when dragging corner handle.
Summary: Image resize should maintain aspect ratio when dragging corner handle.
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1 RC2
Hardware: PC Windows XP
: P3 Trivial with 12 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: oooqa
: 64181 95882 (view as issue list)
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Reported: 2003-07-30 04:47 UTC by lutimdale
Modified: 2013-08-07 14:38 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description lutimdale 2003-07-30 04:47:25 UTC
Steps to reproduce:
1. import image
2. click on the image to select it (corner and middle resize handles appear)
3. drag the corner handle
4. distortion appears

Current behaviour:
When resizing an image by its corner or middle handles in the word processor ui,
the image does not maintain the aspect ratio in either case.

Expected behaviour:
When resizing an image by the corner handles, the image should be resized
keeping the aspect ratio (and not be distorted).
When resizing an image by the middle handles, the image should be stretched /
distorted in the direction that it is being dragged.

The expected behaviour is the behaviour MS Office has.  I consider the current
OOo behaviour a defect because it is critical functionality.  A lot of corporate
large documents have images inserted which need to be manipulated in the ui, not
in the properties of that image.  This is a barrier to adoption by regular users.

Comment 1 Oliver-Rainer Wittmann 2003-07-30 08:41:52 UTC
OD->lutimdale (30.07.2003):
Try out holding the Shift-key during resizing and You will get Your
proposed behaviour.
Comment 2 lutimdale 2003-07-30 18:58:54 UTC
It's nice that it does that.  However, even after trying to look for
this in the documentation once I knew about it, I could not find it.

The point is that the DEFAULT ACTION should be one that is the MOST
USEFUL to the most people.  Distorting an image or for that matter an
object is not the most useful or relevant action... resizing while
maintaining the aspect ratio is.

The documentation should also be updated to reflect this.
Comment 3 h.ilter 2003-08-05 14:42:44 UTC
Comment 4 lutimdale 2003-08-07 04:03:11 UTC
Just because the functionality is there in OOo Writer via an obscure
user interface tweak, does not mean this issue should be swept under
the carpet and closed. 

One of the reasons MS Office including Word is successful is because
they cater to the inexperienced average user, not a power user.  I
consider key-mouse combinations to be a power user task.

I can see though that this is not a bug, it has simply never been
looked at from an end-user perspective.  This functionality should be
present in an easy-to-use rich text editor.  

I reopened this case as an "enhancement" for "2.0".  Surely, it should
not be closed now.

Again, the expected easy to use behaviour is:
- the image corner handles should stretch the image keeping the aspect
ratio (top-left, top-right, bottom-left, bottom-right)
- the image middle handles should distort the image in the direction
of the stretch and not keep the aspect ratio (top-center,
bottom-center, left-middle, right-middle)

Comment 5 stefan.baltzer 2003-09-08 17:30:16 UTC
SBA: Reassigned to Bettina from the User Experience team for consideration.
Comment 6 bettina.haberer 2003-10-22 17:07:28 UTC
Hello Frank, I agree, we need a change here. Changing the default also
concerns Draw and Impress. Please take over this one for OOo 2.0.
Thank you.
Comment 7 guido.pinkernell 2004-02-14 23:07:39 UTC
has obviously been confirmed, there for set to new.
Comment 8 frank.loehmann 2004-04-07 12:11:17 UTC
FL: Not realistic for 2.0 time frame. Set to "Office later" for > 2.0
Comment 9 lohmaier 2006-04-10 23:45:34 UTC
*** Issue 64181 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 10 niggle 2007-07-19 10:41:16 UTC
As a possible short-term workaround, would it easy to pop up a tooltip when
mousing over the corner handles to say something like "Hold down shift key while
resizing to preserve aspect ratio"?
Comment 11 michael.ruess 2008-11-06 11:35:08 UTC
*** Issue 95882 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 12 2011-03-09 22:44:49 UTC
I know a lot of people complaining about this issue. It would be easy to fix or to implement a menu option. PLEASE fix it.
Comment 13 dahti00 2011-08-10 18:52:09 UTC
Followed the discussion here.

I can only say i found 4 different errors in logical image handling in writer.
I will post them separately not to interrupt this discussion.
(drag image to another page crash, resize by percentage bug, no rotate option, no auto size when put inside tables)

Image handling is a third of what you do in Writer, so after 3 seconds i noticed this user interface un-sexiness.
Not having images resize proportionally by corner in a word processing program - is like Samsung putting a "circle O" on a DVD remote expecting everyone to know that icon means "Play |>" Like this on my remote....NOT

Ill use shift meanwhile like a Cat on the keyboard..... thx for future fix, and don't just put a pop-up text box when the code already seems to be in there. So help me God i while learn Java myself and solve this after 3 years.