Issue 18651 - mail merge images fields
Summary: mail merge images fields
Alias: None
Product: Writer
Classification: Application
Component: code (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.1 RC2
Hardware: PC Windows 2000
: P3 Trivial with 40 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
Keywords: oooqa
: 65636 (view as issue list)
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Reported: 2003-08-25 21:12 UTC by andremachado
Modified: 2021-02-13 17:00 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Description andremachado 2003-08-25 21:12:12 UTC
It should be possible to mail merge images from image fields at databases.
Currently, inserting image fields place holders only print a single blank space.
Using form image controls does not allow synch and printing a form loses 
formating allowed by mergeing  fields.
At least, a macro for this function at tips and tricks or how-to.
Best regards.
Andre Felipe
Comment 1 jack.warchold 2003-09-08 13:14:34 UTC
jw: reassigned to bh
Comment 2 flibby05 2004-05-01 10:27:17 UTC
setting to "NEW", because this request is often heard on users maillists.
Comment 3 claudiadzm 2006-09-05 08:30:29 UTC
I found this issue and would like to add some aspects.
I manage images in a database and have forms where images can be viewed from and
inserted into the db-table.
But I can't find any way to list them. neither in reports nor merging them f.e.
in labels nor is it possible to create an image-control-field within a subform.
Will there come any form of making images usable in OO-documents?
As it is possible to view an image out of a database in a database-form, I
think, the first step is already done. 
Greetings, Claudia
Comment 4 cach6sous 2007-03-01 13:33:13 UTC
I hope this is the same problem I have, I explain mine:
when I want to send an email containing some text an an image to a mailing list,
I use mailmerge from writer. I select my database and follow the instruction of
the wizard. Everything is ok and the mail is sent without problem. Then when the
person gets the message the text is ok but the image is not there. That's my

Best regards
Comment 5 bettina.haberer 2007-09-26 16:01:32 UTC
Hi Mathias, I have changed the current owner to your owner. Please take the
ownership of these enhancements.
Comment 6 pepijn_schmitz 2008-07-08 14:41:38 UTC
I'm trying to do a mail merge with a different images in each letter, but in my
case the images are generated, not stored in a database (they are QR codes), so
I would like to have way of inserting image where the image URL (instead of the
actual image content) is loaded from the database.
Comment 7 rigpait 2009-08-23 14:47:50 UTC
We also needed this feature, but as this issue does not seem to be addressed
soon, we wrote a simple extension to work-around this problem. If you interested
have a look at
Feedback and comments are very welcomed

Hope it helps others as well.
Rigpa IT
Comment 8 peterroots 2010-01-20 17:20:05 UTC
This issue seems to have generated a lot of postings on the forums but, so  
far, it still seems an issue in OOO3.1
Any possibility of a fix?  It seems crazy that you can store a picture in a 
database, and even display it on a form but otherwise do nothing with it. You 
can't include it in a report and you can't use it in a mail merge.
I have been trying to use OOObase to generate photo ID cards for staff but it 
seems to be rather a non starter.  The extension mentioned by Rigpa IT is nice 
but adds too many extra steps for non experts to use - they want a 'selected 
it' 'print it' approach. A template for a mail merge with a database could be 
made fairly simple to use if the pictures just came over like every other field.
Comment 9 peterroots 2010-02-17 10:49:30 UTC
Well I suppose it is an improvement you can now include an image from a 
database in a report (all be it impossible to control the size so you get a 
cropped part of the image most of the time).
Why is this still outstanding and labelled as as enhancement? surely being 
unable to include a field type, available in base, in a writer document is a 
failure not a nice to include one day?
This bug was reported in 2003! Is nothing happening to fix it because it is 
thought to be of no interest to people?
If the latter is the case why have 1210 people felt the need to download 
Rigpa's extension, in the last few months, to get round this problem?
Comment 10 netpeak 2010-02-17 11:21:03 UTC
Dear OpenOffice Team,

meanwhile the workaround extension has been downloaded 2127 times. Is there any
possibility for a statement by an OO developer ? Is anybody of the OO team
following this issue/bug/request? Please give us a sign. Thank you very much.

Best regards
Comment 11 Mathias_Bauer 2010-02-22 15:02:44 UTC
Just adding this kind of field to our current fields would require some larger
changes in our code. Such an effort is not planned just for this single feature.
If we had some other features that build upon the same code changes, the overall
investment for the code refactoring would be justified. It is possible that this
will happen, but it's too early to make a definitive statement about that.
Comment 12 peterroots 2010-02-24 09:42:31 UTC
quote "It is possible that this will happen, but it's too early to make a
definitive statement about that" mba 22 feb 2010

Too early? It was first reported on 25 august 2003!!
2185 think the workaround is worth having so why not a fix instead?

Comment 13 wingfire 2010-03-22 12:06:38 UTC
hi, problem still up to date and we are in version 3.2!
I'm very interested in the solution.
Comment 14 mod2000 2010-03-22 12:07:41 UTC
I second that. I really need that fixed too.
Comment 15 holliday22 2010-04-04 18:11:00 UTC
Would it possibly be a simpler fix if you could just insert images as characters
into calc and then just bring them over as characters?  That would meet my needs
although I assume it would still leave out a lot of functionality.
Comment 16 svetsare85 2011-03-22 06:23:03 UTC
I see last comment on this one was made 2010-04-04.
Is there any development on this issue?
I would relly need this one to work.

Comment 17 bsuerig 2013-10-30 15:27:03 UTC
Two and a half year later this feature si still required.
Comment 18 Marcus 2017-05-20 10:45:18 UTC
Reset the assignee to the default "".
Comment 19 oooforum (fr) 2021-02-13 17:00:59 UTC
*** Issue 65636 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***