Issue 93571 - DTP features missing in Draw
Summary: DTP features missing in Draw
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Product: Draw
Classification: Application
Component: formatting (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.4.1
Hardware: PC Windows XP
: P3 Trivial with 4 votes (vote)
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Reported: 2008-09-07 19:19 UTC by fuggi
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:43 UTC (History)
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Description fuggi 2008-09-07 19:19:43 UTC
Apart from the still unsolved and essential CMYK color management issue (#3210)
there are more important DTP features which are absolutely necessary in order to
use Draw as a DTP software:
1. Cropping of images.
2. Add/edit wrapping of paragraph text to/of any objects. I do not mean the
insufficient functionality of wrapping text within drawing objects (solution of
issue #22325). But a similar text flow functionality like in the Writer component.
3. Linking of paragraph text frames in order to direct the text flow from one
text frame to another if the text exceeds the size of one (the first) text frame.
4. Multi-column text frames.
Comment 1 Regina Henschel 2008-09-07 20:15:23 UTC
Why do you want to use Draw for that purpose and not Writer? Besides CMYK color
management, which is missing generally, you have all what you want in Writer.
Comment 2 fuggi 2008-09-07 22:59:18 UTC
Because Writer as a word processor is principally incapable. For instance,
Writer does not support multi-column text frames but only multi-column pages.
And it does not support linking of text frames, quite the contrary it
automatically deletes empty text frames (absolutely necessary for linking text
frames is the capability of creating a new empty text frame). And last but not
least text wrapping in the Writer works only with usual continuous text but not
with text in text frames.
Comment 3 Regina Henschel 2008-09-07 23:31:47 UTC
I guess you use the Icon T and get a drawinng object, instead of using Insert >
Frame to get a Writer frame. Writer frames can have columns, they can be linked
and allow the same styling features as a normal text. There are only some
restrictions concerning footnotes.
Comment 4 fuggi 2008-09-08 00:18:37 UTC
That's right, I've used the T tool. The frames you've mentioned at least can be
linked. But contained text is still not floating around other objects (e.g.
images with enabled wrapping). And those frames are available in Writer only,
but not in Draw. Why? In DTP (meaning publishing of posters, brochures, leaflets
and so on) there is absolute no need for continuous text "in the background" -
on the contrary it is distracting.

Making those frames and image cropping available in Draw would be one important
step. Then text wrapping would be the last feature missing.
Comment 5 wolframgarten 2008-09-08 07:56:46 UTC
Image cropping is available, also in an enhanced version now in OOo 3.0 beta.
Please have a look.
Comment 6 fuggi 2008-09-08 08:24:36 UTC
Yes, it is. Even in Draw. Thank's for your hint.