[Upstream] Can't insert multiple images at once

Bug #385989 reported by Vladimir Hidalgo on 2009-06-11
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
libreoffice (Ubuntu)
openoffice.org (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: openoffice.org

In Writer you can't import several images at once with the file selection dialog. You must to add the images one by one, which is clearly an annoying bug for the usability of the program.

Using Ubuntu 9.04 (with IceWM instead of Gnome) and OpenOffice 3.0.1

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.04
Package: openoffice.org-core 1:3.0.1-9ubuntu3
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: openoffice.org
Uname: Linux 2.6.30-020630rc5-generic i686

Vladimir Hidalgo (vlad88sv) wrote :
Chris Cheney (ccheney) on 2009-06-15
Changed in openoffice.org (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Chris Cheney (ccheney) on 2010-05-14
tags: added: jaunty
Changed in openoffice.org (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Won't Fix

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There are no new official OpenOffice.org releases in Ubuntu packaging anymore => Won't Fix

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Changed in openoffice:
status: New → Invalid

In Writer you can't import several images at once with the file selection dialog. You must to add the images one by one, which is clearly an annoy for the usability of the program.

Vladimir Hidalgo (vlad88sv) wrote :

Tested and upstream referenced.

summary: - Can't insert multiple images at once
+ [Upstream] Can't insert multiple images at once
Changed in df-libreoffice:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
status: Unknown → Confirmed

Vladimir Hidalgo, this is:
- a clearcut upstream issue
- wishlist/feature request unlikely to be fixable with a simple patch
- wont be fixed in libreoffice packaging
Resolving as WONTFIX in libreoffice packaging. This does not mean the issue will not be cared about, but if it is cared about (even by Ubuntu/Canonical contributors), it is done upstream at LibreOffice.

Libreoffice (Ubuntu) => WONTFIX

Changed in libreoffice (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Won't Fix

I can't see that as a particular WRITER limitaton, with "LibreOffice 3.4.3 RC2 - WIN7 Home Premium (64bit) German UI [OOO340m1 (Build:302)]" it's impossible to insert multiple pictures using the file dialog (does not matter whether LibO or OS).

A simple workaround (at least with win) is to copy / paste or drag and drop multiple pictures from the WIN File Explorer to the document. So I see a low priority for that enhancement request

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started right out as NEW without ever being explicitly confirmed. The bug is
changed to state NEEDINFO for this reason. To move this bug from NEEDINFO back
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Changed in df-libreoffice:
status: Confirmed → Incomplete

in LibO 3.6.0 master filepicker not allows open multiple pictures
change status to New

Not only pictures are affected. But do we really need a possibility to insert an objects hodgepodge? May be the limitation is intended?
I see this as a WONTFIX issue

I think that if for some task that may not benefit from multiple selecting may not offer this multiple selection feature, while task that *do* benefit (as inserting pictures or opening multiple documents at once) may have this enabled.

I don't know the especifics of the widget toolkit you're using, but i guess that it has to have a mechanism to enable/disable multiple selection, which may be used for this.

Also I know it's not only matter of adding that capability to the file selector and I see this bug not as a trivial task, but it's needed for being more user-friendly.

I came across this a lot of times per day (I often need to insert 15 pictures in a document for a weekly report) and something I may do in 3 clicks translates in 45 clicks without this.

@ Vlad
As workaround try open picture in picture viewer, select needed pictures, copy and paste into Writer. At least from Gwenview it works.

Changed in df-libreoffice:
status: Incomplete → Confirmed

*** Bug 48288 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

*** Bug 57598 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

In Writer we cannot use existing dialog to import multiple images at once. This is something that should work (works in Word like that). There is a workaround to copy / paste or drag and drop multiple pictures from the WIN File Explorer to the document, but, it's not so obvious.

I have additional request. Using Insert-Picture-From File.. we can also insert picture from http://address.com/picture.jpg. But, we should also be able to insert multiple images from multiple addresses, which currently is not possible. I think this could work with some parsing (doesn't work in Word now).

Same problem with Impress (LO, Macos 10.9.2)

Maybe could reuse https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=35546

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