Issue 63250 - Lack of Initial design templates while making presentations
Summary: Lack of Initial design templates while making presentations
Alias: None
Product: Impress
Classification: Application
Component: ui (show other issues)
Version: 4.1.2
Hardware: All All
: P5 (lowest) Trivial (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
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Reported: 2006-03-16 11:47 UTC by msoni
Modified: 2016-10-03 09:03 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Latest Confirmation in: 4.1.2
Developer Difficulty: Easy


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Description msoni 2006-03-16 11:47:02 UTC
I don't know if this can be treated as a duplicate of Issue 3266. But even if it
is, I nonetheless request you to consider it again.

The first thing that anyone tries when trying to make a presentation in OO, is
to open an existing slide design template and start modifying/hackign away.

Unfortunately, the lack of any initial design template has distracted many
people from even starting to use impress. I am very serious about this. Many of
my colleagues wanted to make a presentation in OO and though they found the
layout panel easily, they could not find suitable ready made designs. So they
gave up asap and started MS Powerpoint.

A lot of good design templates from openoffice/koffice etc. are available under
The Creative Commons Lic. on the Web. I myself have downloaded all the templates
from so I do not feel the lack. The templates on OOextras are
under LGPL.

However, the average user is not in the least bit interested, when he is busy,
to surf the net and download free templates. Also, for most casual presentation
(not corporate ones) one always uses one of the prepackaged templates.
Unfortunately the lack of good and appealing free templates is a severe drwaback
of OO impress. 

Templates are not large (most are less than 100kB) and quite readily available.
Some of the really good ones include (this is straight from OOextras)
1. Pink Texture: From David Abbott 
2. Sparkle: From David Abbott 
3. circulos clasicos: From Ana Flordelis Llorens
4. Sidepanel(Red/Green/Blue): from catch.
5. Cubes Template: From Kris Nackaerts

I request you to bundle along with the regular openoffice, they do not involve
any programming effort, whatsoever.

If there are in any maintainence issues as far as the templates are concerned, I
may not know programming and I am not an artist either, but I have common sense,
and can grasp xml. I will undertake the effort necessary to find, convert and
maintain the templates for OO impress.

I know there are issues involved with adding templates and for asking
permissions, but I can do this for each of the templates from the respective

I only want to ask you your permission to proceed to do the same.

I implore you to please add these templates. They will also simplify my job of
trying to promote OO in my native country India.

Thanking You

Yours Earnestly
Mohit Soni
Comment 1 wolframgarten 2006-03-16 11:50:31 UTC
Comment 2 spowers2004 2011-02-15 04:28:03 UTC
Msoni has made a great point that there is a lack of templates throughout 
Impress. I have reproduced this bug in version 3.4 of OpenOffice and found this 
bug still exists not only in Impress but also throughout OpenOffice. The steps I 
took in Impress were:

(1)	In Windows, Click Start and navigate to the OpenOffice folder.
(2)	Open Impress
(3)	You are prompted with the “Presentation Wizard”, select “From Template”.
(4)	A new drop down appears, select “Presentations”
(5)	You are given two presentation template options by default.
(6)	I then changed the drop down to “Presentation Backgrounds”.
(7)	You are given twenty five background options by default.

I have attempted the same steps in PowerPoint and noticed by default there are 
ten presentation templates if you do not have internet access to retrieve the 
Office Online templates. If you do have internet access you can download a 
seemingly endless number of additional presentation templates. I have then 
looked at the default themes (MS Office version of OO’s “Presentation 
Backgrounds”) and noticed by default there were 39 options and again, a 
seemingly endless number of online themes to download for free.

It is obvious that OpenOffice has already put the time and effort into 
developing a template/theme interface to Impress, why not allow the community to 
share their own templates and allow users to easily download them from within 
the application rather than needing to find an external site that they may not 

I have had less success throughout the other applications in the OpenOffice 
suite. I would expect that Writer would provide an option to use a number of 
default templates as well but it was not obvious how to retrieve them. In 
Impress you just need to go to File -> New Presentation and you are asked which 
template you would like to use. In Writer I have finally found a way to access 
the online template library but it was not obvious how to get there. I went to 
File -> New -> Templates and Documents and found a link to “Get more templates 
online”. It surprised me to find this link here, I wish I saw that when I was 
choosing a template in Impress because there are presentation templates in the 
library. Also, by going to File-> New-> Templates and Documents I expected that 
I would be creating a new template, not given the option to go to the online 
template library.

I could tell a great deal of work has gone into the template and theming 
features of OpenOffice but I only realized that after finding the “Get more 
templates online…” link. Before finding that link I didn’t know if there were 
any templates available for Writer, Calc, etc. 

It would greatly help new users continue using OpenOffice products if these 
features were easily available. 

Thank you,
Sean Powers
Comment 3 Peter 2016-10-02 20:51:56 UTC

I think the OpenOffice Community is interested in such a generous offer.
However this is not the right place for it so I guess it got sadly ignored.

If you are still willed to help, please head over to 
and read the steps necessary to join. take a special look on the recruitment mailing list :-D

We are looking for people to:

    Work on bug reports and try to reproduce them
    Write or existing documentation, also with technical topics
    Help support new users
    Test the program and report problems
    Fix bugs
    Code new features
    Design artwork and other marketing materials
    Translate the UI and help topics to different languages
    Maintain the website and develop new materials
    Promote OpenOffice and help explain its benefits
    Anything you can see that needs doing

In meantime ...
Comment 4 Peter 2016-10-03 09:03:42 UTC
... I checked the Process:

We have following constrants:
# downloaded file should not become to big
# embedded templates must be contributed under ALv2
# Template should be useable to most users

A discussion on dev Mailinglist is also best thing to do, to drill deeper on the topic. It seems the delivered templates are still only quite simple ones, so the need is still there.

I update the version to the current, in order to reflect this.
Also I lower the priority of the report, since there are tons of templates if someone wants to go check.
the response on this also means that this the need is confirmed and ackn. I set State accordingly.

setting skill to easy, since needed skill is to talk, plus use office. :-D