Bug 35092 - Inking functionality: Ink drawings / annotations with Stylus, Pen or Finger on Touchscreen or Tablet
Summary: Inking functionality: Ink drawings / annotations with Stylus, Pen or Finger o...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: Other All
: low enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
URL: https://ca.community.sony.com/s/profi...
Keywords: filter:rtf
: 81299 120052 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Win-Tablet-Mode
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Reported: 2011-03-07 11:25 UTC by Ian McInerney
Modified: 2020-03-26 19:08 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description Ian McInerney 2011-03-07 11:25:21 UTC
It would be nice to include inking functionality in the LibreOffice Writer product. When my school was looking at purchasing Office 2007 they compared it against the OpenOffice version at the time, and the only show stopper was the lack of tablet support.

Adding in the ability to use a tablet pen to draw lines like in Xournal, would be an acceptable implementation of this feature.
Comment 1 Don't use this account, use tml@iki.fi 2011-03-07 11:37:24 UTC
Just out of interest, what *exactly* are they using a tablet input for in MS Office? Handwriting input that is then recognized and turned into normal text in Word? Or drawing in an artistic or more technical illustration sense? (But would MS Office really be the app to do such stuff in, hardly...?) Or just as a more "natural" pointing device, but basically as a mouse?

BTW, do you mean "tablet computers" or separate tablet (and associated pen) input devices, the best known manufacturer of which is Wacom?

(And when I say "tablet computer", I mean the kind that have been around for years, running Windows, even if never really popular, not new stuff that is being released / marketed as a response to the iPad.)
Comment 2 Ian McInerney 2011-03-07 12:38:57 UTC
We are using the inking functionality on the tablet computers which have been around for years (Examples include the Lenovo X61 or Toshiba M780) to have students hand-write equations and answers into labs and worksheets. Hand-writting recognition is not used at all, and is actually not available in the MS Word functionality. This would basically be a more natural device to use for writing and drawings.
Comment 3 Don't use this account, use tml@iki.fi 2011-03-07 22:46:52 UTC
OK, so basically what you would want is for LibreOffice be able to acccept tablet computer input into images, with just a black-and-white "trail" of the pen being collected? (I have no idea how hard that would be to implement; I certainly don't want to give the impression that any developer would start working on it right away.)
Comment 4 Ian McInerney 2011-03-13 19:35:53 UTC
That is basically what I would like to see. There is no pressure to implement this, I just feel that if this could be implemented LibreOffice would be one feature closer to being more useful than MS Office.
Comment 5 Don't use this account, use tml@iki.fi 2011-03-13 23:02:46 UTC
Well, LibreOffice runs on Linux and BSD, Microsoft Office doesn't, so isn't it already infinitely more useful?
Comment 6 Björn Michaelsen 2011-12-23 11:48:02 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 sasha.libreoffice 2012-01-20 06:12:03 UTC
I guess that this functionality is not yet implemented and change status to New
Comment 8 Joel Madero 2014-07-13 01:33:31 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 9 Jorendc 2014-07-16 11:38:00 UTC
*** Bug 81299 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 10 Gerry 2017-07-07 15:43:59 UTC
More and more devices (i.e. notebooks and tablets) have touch screens and support stylus, pen or finger input. Support for ink drawings / annotations is helpful on these devices.

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Comment 11 Matthijs 2018-05-16 22:52:54 UTC
Affects all LibreOffice components, edited the bug to reflect this.
Comment 12 Matthijs 2018-05-16 22:56:52 UTC
Bug 94699 seems related. Added to 'See Also:'.
Comment 13 raal 2018-10-03 08:23:47 UTC
*** Bug 120052 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 14 Alberto Grasso 2018-10-03 08:47:46 UTC
As long as the .docx format is supported, this is considered a serious bug, because a document containing handwriting is completely distorted by Writer.
Comment 15 Charles Heath 2019-03-28 17:50:38 UTC
In principle, I agree with Yiyan because I also think there is a need to include handwriting functionality in the LibreOffice product. When I was engaged in essay writing help https://ca.edubirdie.com/essay-writing-help, there was always a need for minor corrections for which handwritten water would be the ideal solution. For me, such a decision would make the LibreOffice, a step forward to perfection.
Comment 16 Brennan Spencer 2019-07-03 14:30:22 UTC
I agree! I'm a writer and I work with students. They always use LibreOffice. For ex: I wrote an article http://essay-editor.net/blog/thesis-editing-services-use-your-time-well for my students and I used LibreOffice to design the article. I want to say you have to upgrade some functions for the best usability.
Comment 17 Anne Jacobs 2019-07-08 12:16:54 UTC
We will talk about a variety of tools and the basics behind the art inking. Adding ink over your drawings can be a scary thing at first, but hopefully by the end
Comment 18 Anne Jacobs 2019-07-08 12:18:10 UTC Comment hidden (spam)
Comment 19 David Taylor 2019-08-30 08:55:57 UTC Comment hidden (spam)
Comment 20 Otyemmanuel 2019-12-23 15:51:29 UTC Comment hidden (spam)
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Comment 23 Mark Lee 2020-03-26 19:08:43 UTC
Most of us at school use LibreOffice programs rather than Microsoft simply because they're free and Microsoft is not. So far, LibreOffice's bugs are still manageable and it's still better than nothing. I gave up on Microsoft a long time ago when the 10-page term paper I was writing went poof! because Word chose to hang and crash while I was finishing off the conclusion. I just hired a writer from https://www.customessaymeister.com to rewrite my paper completely, but Microsoft did me so bad that I refuse to use its programs every again. I've tried using WPS Office too and it works well. LibreOffice is the go-to and ultimate alternative, though. There's also Google Docs and stuff. You just gotta maximize everything else despite the bugs just to get by.