Bug 41572 - Please make it possible to add custom animations to master slides
Summary: Please make it possible to add custom animations to master slides
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Impress (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: high enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
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URL: http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Im...
Whiteboard: vote
: 57186 60466 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 2011-10-07 14:27 UTC by Reuben Thomas
Modified: 2015-05-20 17:36 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Description Reuben Thomas 2011-10-07 14:27:58 UTC
A common style is to have each bullet point on each slide appear on click. At present this is laborious to achieve in LibreOffice: one has to go through each slide and add a custom animation to each bullet point. It should be possible to do this once on the master slide.
Comment 1 redstar 2011-10-20 02:49:09 UTC
In my opinion, this is the #1 killer feature that MS PowerPoint has over Impress. It has not been added in almost four years and it is quite a shame that nobody finds this important enough. 
To highlight the severity of this lacking function, let me point you to the old open office bug trackers where this bug was filed. http://openoffice.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=57050
Comment 2 Björn Michaelsen 2011-12-23 12:36:49 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 3 Reuben Thomas 2011-12-23 14:00:08 UTC
Confirmed in 3.5.0beta1.
Comment 4 ade 2012-02-16 13:57:44 UTC
disclaimer: I'm an end user, no coder. 

I'm not sure I exactly understand your bug description. Can you specify it? 
Is it one or both or none of these:
1. LO should have a master slide option to automatically assign a custom animation for each new textbox the user creates in presentations using that master slide
2. LO should have a master slide option so that when a custom animation is assigned to a new textbox it makes each line in a textbox appear one at a time (one keypress/remote press per line).

If the request is 2 then that is now the non-optional default behaviour of textbox custom animations in LO period (no master slide settings possible or needed). I have a bug report about that non-optionality (and related broken dialog buttons) here https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43039

1 is not implemented as far as I can tell.
Comment 5 Reuben Thomas 2012-02-16 14:00:57 UTC
I am talking about option 1, I think.
Comment 6 bugquestcontri 2012-11-20 03:00:08 UTC
I also strongly support the request of Thomas Reuben. To clear I am also requesting the feature 
1. LO should have a master slide option to automatically assign a custom animation for each new textbox the user creates in presentations using that master slide
in the comment ade.
Comment 7 Thorsten Behrens (CIB) 2013-03-05 08:27:29 UTC
*** Bug 60466 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 8 Thorsten Behrens (CIB) 2013-03-05 08:28:53 UTC
*** Bug 57186 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 bugquestcontri 2013-03-06 03:40:29 UTC
This not a duplicate of 
It is a related topic or you might even call it a related extension in terms of productivity..
Comment 10 V Stuart Foote 2013-05-08 17:32:19 UTC
see UX-Advise discussion http://nabble.documentfoundation.org/Libreoffice-ux-advise-Mass-changes-to-Impress-animations-related-to-fdo-41572-tc4041800.html for proposed handling of animations to supplement Master slide work flows.
Comment 11 redstar 2013-10-16 14:50:52 UTC
I am sorry that I cannot do it by myself, but this enhancement is critical for wider adoption.
Comment 12 bugquestcontri 2013-11-24 15:09:02 UTC
@ redstar@blink-182.org
there is nothing wrong with not being able to do something. I myself would like to do the needed change but I am just not able as well.

However, thanks for taking a look at this matter and keep it NEW. It would be a tremendous enhancement of productivity.
Comment 13 Reuben Thomas 2015-01-05 15:51:28 UTC
This feature is not yet implemented in LibreOffice 4.3.5. However, there is an easier way to achieve the result in the mean time, which seems to pre-date my original bug report, as suggested here: http://superuser.com/questions/86483/ooo-display-bullet-points-one-at-a-time

1. Add custom animation [to the main frame of the slide]
2. Right click on the animation, go to Effect Options…
3. Under Text Animation set Group text to By 1st/2nd/3rd level paragraphs

This works provided you don't have more than 3 levels of paragraphs (and you shouldn't normally!).

So you still have to add the effect manually to each slide, but at least not to each bullet point, as I suggested above.
Comment 14 V Stuart Foote 2015-01-05 16:02:11 UTC
Please, no need to advance Version field--reflects earliest detected instance. Lack of master slide animations inherited from OOo, setting accordingly.
Comment 15 bugquestcontri 2015-01-14 11:07:56 UTC
Thanks guys for looking into that but what is described in Comment 13 is not what I meant.

I would like to be able to
- Open the master slide and select the slide with the bullet list
- Set for each level a custom animation (e. g. fly in / from right / fast)
- Close Slide Master 
- Create several slides based on that very master
- Start presentations and all bullet list item fly in from right at fast speed.

This was a nice function in PowerPoint which I miss a lot in Impress as it takes me a lot of time to repeat for each slide the same setting.
Comment 16 Reuben Thomas 2015-01-14 11:41:03 UTC
Comment #15: I'm the original reporter; in my comment #13 I was referring to a better way to achieve the specific result I asked for in my original comment #1. It's not a solution to the general problem, but it does reduce the number of steps required for a workaround in that case.
Comment 17 bugquestcontri 2015-01-16 01:50:30 UTC
@Reuben Thomas - Thanks for your additional information. 

I read again through your original posting and your comment comment #13 and I understand your request as:

The default for grouping under
Effect options > Text animation > Group text should always be "By 1st level paragraphs"

If my understanding of your is now correct: 

1 - I fully support this request because the current default - by the lowest level - is always consuming a lot of time to change to 1st level. My personal opinion is that most user present paragraphs on 1st level, but I never ask a representatively large group. 
 2 - My original enhancement request Bug 60466 is a different request. I explained my request in different words in comment #15.
3 - My original report Bug 57186 is also a different one. 

Your next comment could really be clarifying a lot and I am looking forward to this. Thanks in advance!
Comment 18 Reuben Thomas 2015-01-16 10:38:47 UTC
My request is in the title: "Please make it possible to add custom animations to master slides", i.e. the same as your #60466. Comment #6 in your #57186 explains how solving the current bug will also fix that one.