Created attachment 51173 [details]
Sample documents to reproduce the bug
This bug also affects previous versions of LibreOffice (3.3.x), and OpenOffice as well.
It's not possible to select two or more drawing objects (made from within Writer with the drawing tools) when an image is already inserted into the document. When attempting to select two shapes, it selects the bitmap instead.
Extremelly annoying, to not say unusable, when dealing with documents that mixes texts and drawings and bitmaps.
Attached is a simple document made with LibreOffice so that you can try: quick and easy to reproduce.
I couldn't find this bug being reported on Freedesktop Bugzilla. Sorry if it's a dupplicate, but if it is, then it means the bug wasn't fixed so far.
Not sure if it is a bug: select the first object then you can do a rectangular selection to select both objects.
Side note: it should be better to prepare graphics in Draw and copy-paste them in the text document.
Best regards. JBF
(In reply to comment #1)
> Not sure if it is a bug: select the first object then you can do a rectangular
> selection to select both objects.
> Side note: it should be better to prepare graphics in Draw and copy-paste them
> in the text document.
> Best regards. JBF
Thank you for your reply. The workaround you mention is already the one I read in some forums.
If everything should be done, even a very simple and basic shape in Draw, prior to compose the page in Write, then frankly I would like to know why there are shapes and drawing features available from within Writer itself. Making complex drawings is clearly easier in a software dedicated for such a job. But for the rest, I either call it a bug (because it does look like it) or a terribly missing feature that doesn't match one's expectations in the 21st century software era.
In my opinion, any object embeded in Writer (or other modules of LO/Ooo) should be selectable. Otherwise, in reality - real life - it's not usable. And I think I know a bit the topic as I'm a software engineer for more than 15 years (not in office suites though, but other IT fields). When I work on technical specifications documents that have tens and tens of pages, I'm wasting a lot of time with those issues. Like another one: insert (copy/paste) several drawings in a .odt document in Write, along with text. For some reason, sometimes, selecting one of the drawing objects gets the cursor several pages backward. To me, those annoyances are part of the same cause: a bug that affects everything related to drawing / shapes objects that are embeded into a Writer document.
Thank you for considering my opinion and feeling.
Problem is already tracked in issue 37960.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 37960 ***