Bug 35865 - EDITING: allow to flip text boxes
Summary: EDITING: allow to flip text boxes
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Draw (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
3.3.2 release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsUXEval
Depends on:
Blocks: DTP
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Reported: 2011-04-01 04:14 UTC by Bob Harvey
Modified: 2016-09-14 11:23 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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drawing with object that can't be flipped (17.31 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics)
2011-04-01 04:14 UTC, Bob Harvey
Sample Document, see Comment 1 (13.50 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics)
2011-04-01 09:40 UTC, Rainer Bielefeld Retired
test sheet with example flips and screengrab of greyed out menu (123.69 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.graphics)
2014-02-04 17:20 UTC, Bob Harvey

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Description Bob Harvey 2011-04-01 04:14:11 UTC
Created attachment 45132 [details]
drawing with object that can't be flipped

This is queer.
On Sheet 1, bottom left, I drew a battery.  
I then copied it, moved it up, and flipped it.
I copied the two of them, moved that up and had four.  I grouped the four.

I then decided to add + and - text, and so ungrouped, deleted 3, and that left the original one.

I added + and - text, and grouped that with the original, then tried the copy-and-flip trick again.

The new version cannot be flipped.  The flip menu is greyed out.

This is not what I would expect.
Comment 1 Bob Harvey 2011-04-01 06:41:22 UTC
Have confirmed same behaviour under windows and Linux, and that removing the text fields allows the object to be flipped.
Comment 2 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2011-04-01 09:36:43 UTC
[Reproducible] with "LibreOffice 3.3.2  – WIN7  Home Premium  (64bit) German UI [OOO330m19 (Build:202 / tag]"

The problem is that text boxes can not be flipped, and that restriction also prevents from flipping grouped objects with text boxes.

I can't understand the restriction, because it's possible to flip shapes and drawing elements with text (inserted after double click), pls. see attached "FunnySample.odg"

Corresponding OOo Bug:
Bug 102502 -  Ability to flip texboxes  
Comment 3 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2011-04-01 09:40:47 UTC
Created attachment 45142 [details]
Sample Document, see Comment 1
Comment 4 Bob Harvey 2011-04-01 14:14:25 UTC
@Rainer Bielefeld
>I can't understand the restriction

Agreed.  Other graphics editors, like Serif draw plus, can manage to do it: there is sometimes a bit of tidying to do, but in most cases they make a pretty good guess. 

Inkscape does it, but reverses the text direction which may or may not be the desired result.
Comment 5 Björn Michaelsen 2011-12-23 11:50:53 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 Bob Harvey 2011-12-27 13:19:27 UTC
Confirm that the problem still exists in 3.5
don't know if I am supposed to change the version
Comment 7 Bob Harvey 2012-04-06 14:42:04 UTC
Problem still present in 3,5.2.2 Ubuntu
Comment 8 Rainer Bielefeld Retired 2012-04-07 04:15:27 UTC
Comment 9 Bob Harvey 2012-10-25 10:16:35 UTC
Problem still present in Version (Build ID: da8c1e6)
Comment 10 Bob Harvey 2014-02-04 17:20:37 UTC
Created attachment 93389 [details]
test sheet with example flips and screengrab of greyed out menu

Confirmed that eh problem is unchanged in
Comment 11 Bob Harvey 2016-01-18 16:55:45 UTC
I can confirm that the problem is unchanged in
Comment 12 Heiko Tietze 2016-06-26 10:49:36 UTC
You can convert your text into a curve, for example, or you use a (transparent) shape, like Rainer did in comment 3. But the question remains valid: Why isn't it possible to flip text boxes.
Comment 13 Heiko Tietze 2016-09-14 11:23:25 UTC
No answer, so I guess it's just not possible to flip text (doesn't work in Writer either). Closing this ticket as INVALID.