Issue 35752 - Option to make line text in connectors parallel with the line
Summary: Option to make line text in connectors parallel with the line
Alias: None
Product: Draw
Classification: Application
Component: viewing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 1.0.3
Hardware: All All
: P3 Trivial with 3 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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: 40580 (view as issue list)
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Reported: 2004-10-19 07:59 UTC by sseppala
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:38 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description sseppala 2004-10-19 07:59:43 UTC
It would be useful to have an option in connectors to make
the line-text go parallel with the line the same way that
in regular lines and arrows. 
It would also be nice that the text would automaticly allways
flow from left to righ so that the text would never be
upside-down when rotating the line.
Even if ( end x-coordinate ) < ( start x-coordinate) .
Comment 1 wolframgarten 2004-10-25 09:20:08 UTC
Reassigned to Bettina.
Comment 2 Regina Henschel 2006-08-29 21:46:13 UTC
same comment as in issue 40580: For getting text parallel to connector there is
a workaround. You can apply the old fontwork property "rotate" to the connector.
Then the text will follow the line direction and you can set a distance from
line to text in the fontwork dialog. (In 2.0 you must customize your
toolbar/menu to get the old fontwork.)
Comment 3 naught101 2010-02-24 11:37:09 UTC
This would be a great feature. I just used OODraw for live mind mapping in a
conference with about 80 people in the room. It was perfect, except that the
text overlapped, and since it didn't follow the line, it wasn't really possible
to tell what text belonged to which connector.

Ideally, text would be centred at the midpoint of the line (NOT the centre of
the connector, which is directly between the endpoints, and sometimes nowhere
near the line), and follow the direction of the line at the midpoint.
Comment 4 Armin Le Grand 2010-02-25 16:13:02 UTC
AW: You can do that using the Fontwork (not the new one for Customshapes, but
the basic one). To access it, You need to add the button to a toolbar. Choose
'Customize Toolbar...' in the menu at the end of any Toolbar, then in the Dialog
add from Category 'Format' the 'Fontwork' Icon.
Select Your Connector (works with all paht-based objects,. BTW), click Fontwork
button. In the (pretty old) dialog, do NOT click on one of the provided exaples
above, but activate Fontwork using 'Rotate' in the Fontwork-Mode line.
Play around, all is possible there. Even fancy shadows, etc...
Comment 5 bettina.haberer 2010-05-21 14:46:35 UTC
To grep the issues easier via "requirements" I put the issues currently lying on
my owner to the owner "requirements". 
Comment 6 Regina Henschel 2010-12-20 18:26:25 UTC
*** Issue 51955 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 7 Regina Henschel 2010-12-20 18:26:39 UTC
*** Issue 51955 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 8 Regina Henschel 2010-12-20 18:28:58 UTC
*** Issue 40580 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 9 sseppala 2010-12-21 10:03:51 UTC
Nice to see this issue getting some attention after a while.

I have used the workaround that AW has suggested and it works pretty well, but
if you have multiple lines of text, only the first row is visible with this
option enabled. Still, if this feature already exists in the code base, it is
shame that so useful feature is so well hidden from the ordinary users. I think
more people would use it if this setting could be integrated to the regular
"Format" -> "Text" dialog, where you already can set position of the text ancor.

Also, it would be useful if the orientation option could be made automatic.