Bug 132772 - Enhancement Request - a side panel Deck for keeping notes & text scraps
Summary: Enhancement Request - a side panel Deck for keeping notes & text scraps
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Extensions (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
4.1 all versions
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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Blocks: Sidebar-New-Decks
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Reported: 2020-05-06 13:46 UTC by Joseph Cottrell
Modified: 2020-05-11 17:45 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Description Joseph Cottrell 2020-05-06 13:46:31 UTC
I contacted your twitter and they told me to write this here.

I recently used your software to write and format (etc) my first published book (Demon Ring, on Amazon).  I've used Libreoffice for a long time before this.

When I was younger, I used to be able to remember every small detail of a world I would create and everyone and everything in it, like second nature.  I didn't have to worry about forgetting any little detail.  However, these years, I discovered that's not the case anymore.

As I wrote, I kept asking myself questions about details I had forgotten, and realized there was a feature that LibreOffice didn't have, that I desperately needed: the ability to open a side panel, and be able to add a small writing area there, for a quick note that would stay in that side panel and save with the document. (not print with, just be there whenever I opened the document)  And, the ability to add new "scraps of paper" to add notes to, remove if needed, and scroll through them all.

Thanks again for making a great program!

Actual Results:
Just have to use some external program it sheets of paper and a pen, as it stands now.

Expected Results:

Reproducible: Always

User Profile Reset: No

Additional Info:
writing from my phone, so I don't have the help-about LibreOffice on front of me.
Comment 1 Dieter 2020-05-10 04:43:49 UTC
Josdph, thanks fo your idea. Please explain, why the comment feature is not sufficient for you.

Comment 2 Joseph Cottrell 2020-05-10 11:41:14 UTC
Comments could work, if they were unanchored and scrollable on their own.  The comment feature didn't work for me in this particular instance, because if there's a detail of interaction I want to reference 50-100+ pages later, I still have to scroll up through all those pages and hunt for where the comment is anchored.  Instead if I had an independent list of a handful of comments, I could easily see. For example, "oh, these characters already talked about that."

With how forgetful I'm becoming, having that independent list of notes and events would be so helpful.  I can't count how many times I went to hunt for details I've forgotten and wrote something I already wrote once before, then have my proof reader come down on me.

I suppose that would be the simplest way to do it: unanchored comments that could be scrolled on their own.

Thanks again for the great program!
Comment 3 Dieter 2020-05-10 11:52:45 UTC
Thanks for explanation. So let's ask Design-Team for further input and decision.

Personally I still don't see the need for such a feature. Advantage of coments: They are searchable and you can insert a hyperlink to a heading within the text.
Comment 4 Heiko Tietze 2020-05-11 15:36:49 UTC
(In reply to Joseph Cottrell from comment #0)
> I recently used your software...

Open source! It's _our_ software.

A special deck for notes sounds like a nice enhancement. However, I would rather realize it via user extension as it's not a primary use case and many tools provide the functionality.
Comment 5 Joseph Cottrell 2020-05-11 16:30:19 UTC
Fair enough.  Thanks for the consideration, at least.  Sadly, I've never been able to teach myself to program, so I'll have to wait until someone else is kind-enough to make the extension.

Thanks again, guys!
Comment 6 V Stuart Foote 2020-05-11 16:48:39 UTC
Sure, but done as an Extension to provide a Sidebar deck for note taking and text scraps.

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