Issue 89447 - Mouse pointer as a pen - changing colour
Summary: Mouse pointer as a pen - changing colour
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Product: Impress
Classification: Application
Component: viewing (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.4.0
Hardware: All All
: P5 (lowest) Trivial with 2 votes (vote)
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Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
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Keywords: usability
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Reported: 2008-05-14 10:21 UTC by zirneklitis
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:32 UTC (History)
4 users (show)

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Description zirneklitis 2008-05-14 10:21:29 UTC
Activation drawing mode during slide show
(Slideshow/SlideshowSettings/Options/Mouse Pointer as Pen) activates pen with
predefined size and colour. Nice feature would be possibility to change
appearance of the pen. The default values is hard to been seen on different
Comment 1 wolframgarten 2008-05-14 10:56:36 UTC
Comment 2 gleppert 2008-10-18 18:29:12 UTC
Especially, a hightlighting feature would be great.

It would be perfect, if the user could choose
of the pen.
Comment 3 niravce111 2009-09-13 03:17:56 UTC
Niravkumar Patel 09/12/2009

I am successfully able to replicate it on windows XP

System Configuration:

HP Pavilion 
Microsoft Windows XP Home edition version 2002 Service pack 2
Intel(R) Celeron(R)M 1.60 GHZ 504 MB RAM
Open Office version: OOo-dev 3.2x (codeline DEV300)

Steps to replicate

1.Open the presentation
2.In ‘Slide Show’menu option select the ‘Slide Show Settings..’ option
3.In the ‘Options’ area of the Slide Show dialog, check the ‘Mouse pointer as 
pen’ option
4.Start presentation
5.Try to draw something

It was easy to observe that there exhists no option to change the pen color in 
steps 3 or 4 or eraser in step 4.

There are three items that would improve the presentation pen feature in 
1.Pen color is green by default and cannot be changed. On certain backgrounds, 
it is difficult to see the green drawn line, such as a black background.
2.There does not exist the option to erase a drawn line in some cases when you 
want to erase the draw line then the user has to start over in that case and 
time will be wasted and user satisfaction is affected.
3.There does not exist the option to draw a highlight on a slide in presentation 

The above three items are exhibited behaviors of the ‘presentation pen’ in the 
Microsoft PowerPoint product. These would be value-added options that users of 
Impress, who have familiarity with Microsoft PowerPoint, would find beneficial, 
considering the fact that Open Office Impress is competing in the marketplace 
with Microsoft PowerPoint.
Comment 4 maand 2010-01-31 11:19:57 UTC
This feature is not implemented yet (OOo 3.2.0), but very useful, because the
current colour green and line width is not properly show on many displays.
Comment 5 Robert Pollak 2010-04-07 20:13:21 UTC
By the way, Go-oo has got "a configurable 'scribble mode' in the slideshow", see .
I just tested it: Line thickness and color can be changed via context menu
during the presentation.