Bug 117623 - Draw: need some sort of master page facility or linked fields
Summary: Draw: need some sort of master page facility or linked fields
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Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Draw (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Draw-UX
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Reported: 2018-05-15 11:48 UTC by Bob Harvey
Modified: 2018-05-19 10:54 UTC (History)
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Description Bob Harvey 2018-05-15 11:48:34 UTC
I have a number of engineering drawings created in LO Draw, and the multi-page ones have a drawing border with numbers, dates, and revision numbers duplicated on each page.

These are in a layer called Borders, which makes it very easy to turn them on and off.

But it is a right nuiscance going through each each page to change the date and version number when there is a revision.

I want some way to do that in one place and have it appear on every sheet.

The three ideas I have come up with - and I have no particlar preference - are
* to have a master page/watermark page for draw pages, that is repeated on each actual sheet.  Then I could edit the borders in that and have them used on every individual sheet.

* to have linked fields, that can be edited once and appear wherever I place a linked copy of them.  The "master" version of the fields need not be on a visible sheet, it could be selectable through a menu.

* to have a master document type arrangement, maintained separately, that calls in the draw document with the sheets in.

You have a master sheet for impress, and a series of fields for Write.  And a master document in Write.   It should surely be easy to port one (or more?) of them into Draw?   

I don't want ot port my drawings from Draw to Impress, as I would lose the layers capability

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Comment 1 V Stuart Foote 2018-05-15 13:22:55 UTC
Draw already has the Master View structure, with a default layer tab of Background objects, some help in the Draw guide. [1]

Toggle from menu View -> [Normal | Master]

Fields and Draw objects--added to the Master will appear on each page of the drawing document. Multiple Master Views can be laid out for use in a set of drawings.

Saving to Template--ODF Drawing Template (.otg)--allows reuse for multiple projects.

But of course unless linked to an external database the field values are internal to each drawing document. Also, while internal precision remains low, see bug 44267 LibreOffice is not my first choice for technical drawing.

[1] https://documentation.libreoffice.org/assets/Uploads/Documentation/en/DG4.3/PDF/DG4311-AdvancedDrawTechniques.pdf
Comment 2 Bob Harvey 2018-05-19 10:54:17 UTC
Roger roger - thanks very much!