Under Tools->Gallery a feature exists that provides a thumbnail overview of images in pre-defined folders. For some reason these folders are called "themes". While this gallery would have been quite useful in the early stages of OpenOffice/StarOffice when a decent file manager or image browser was not necessarily present in the OS, nowadays, Windows, OS X and Linux all provide this.
Therefore, I'm proposing removing this feature, making inserting images more prominent and possibly later tweaking the system file open dialog somewhat to better display images in that context.
Some have used this gallery in combination with OpenClipart but an extension that performs a live search would, in my opinion, be more beneficial for those users.
If there is a chance that this feature could be removed in its entirety, I'd be more than happy to try to work on a patch to remove it.
If that is not a possibility, I'd strongly urge that at the very least all the currently supplied images (such as in "backgrounds", "rulers" or "homepage") are removed due to their extremely dated look and feel.
Hmm; interesting idea. The gallery code is also used to store a number of magic built-in assets, and so I don't know that we can easily remove it in its entirely [ despite its horrible build, nasty binary file format and so on ].
Also - we package some the openclipart into the gallery - at least on Linux - perhaps we could make Windows packages of that too - which handles the 'dated' look.
If there are some cycles for working on this; Kendy has a re-vamped UI for the gallery that (AFAIR) lives in a side-bar, and allows connection to openclipart.org to browse & download artwork - would you be interested in hacking on that ? [ prod 'kendy' on IRC ]
Ok, we may discuss what new gallery elements should be.
No live search here, but you can have a look at this extension : https://sourceforge.net/p/clipooo/home/Home/
It's not a complete rewrite of the Gallery, thought, as it's only designed for figurative cliparts
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Well, this enhancement request and discussion is still valid and interesting for LibreOffice 3.5.x and the upcoming 3.6, therefore changing Status back to NEW.
New Gallery Images (IBM Symphony) and Gallery improvements are advertised as a new LO 4.1 features. Also rulers have to be shipped again for compatibility issues (as discussed on ESC meeting http://nabble.documentfoundation.org/minutes-of-ESC-call-tp4065021.html) after their removal in http://cgit.freedesktop.org/libreoffice/core/commit/?id=3be15a051444d4d2f805d95e27831d5f466c1497 commit.
Therefore I think this bug is WONTFIX for now.
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I dont believe the gallery needs deprecating, but needs improvements like updated images and online search capabilities. If someone else of ux-advise agrees, lets close this as WONTFIX.
Concur, the Gallery as Sidebar resident content panels has become more useful since OP, and prior artwork and graphics have been and continue to be refreshed.