Bug 45649 - UI: Blinking hourglass icon during slideshow
Summary: UI: Blinking hourglass icon during slideshow
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Impress (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: low minor
Assignee: Not Assigned
: 60449 118643 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Blocks: Slide-Show Mouse-Cursor
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Reported: 2012-02-05 03:57 UTC by Zoltan Laszlo
Modified: 2022-09-07 15:20 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Crash report or crash signature:

transparent waiticon.png (2.75 KB, image/png)
2016-09-06 01:21 UTC, jebsolutions

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Description Zoltan Laszlo 2012-02-05 03:57:57 UTC
Blinking hourglass cursor is seen in bottom left corner during slideshow while using Presenter Console.
Comment 1 sasha.libreoffice 2012-05-15 03:51:38 UTC
Thanks for bugreport
Cursor appears in bottom left corner for small part of second. In my case almost unseen. May be in some cases it appears for long time.
Comment 2 Stefan Knorr (astron) 2012-11-22 19:34:36 UTC
Can reproduce with 3.6.4 on Linux x86-64.

I agree that it is not a very good idea to always show the hourglass, even if the slide switch takes mere milliseconds. This can look rather unprofessional.

Note that the hourglass symbol appears 

I would propose increasing the timeout until the hourglass symbol is shown to ~500 ms, to avoid unnecessary blinkery.
Comment 3 Stefan Knorr (astron) 2012-11-22 19:36:33 UTC
"Note that the hourglass symbol appears " should read...

Note that the hourglass symbol appears always when in a presentation, not just when using the presenter console.

Comment 4 Thomas van der Meulen [retired] 2013-02-23 10:45:22 UTC
*** Bug 60449 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Thomas van der Meulen [retired] 2013-02-23 10:46:33 UTC
this bug still acceurs in version (fdo#60499) so plz take an other look at it, Thank you
Comment 6 retired 2013-12-08 11:35:16 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 QA Administrators 2014-07-08 17:29:06 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 8 Zoltan Laszlo 2014-07-09 05:26:38 UTC
(In reply to comment #6)
> Hi all, a step-by-step description of how to reproduce the issue is most
> helpful and will help to speed up the processing of this problem a lot.
> Also did anybody already try to confirm if this is still happening in LO
> 4.2b2? http://www.libreoffice.org/download/pre-releases/
> Setting to NEEDINFO until more detail is provided.
> After providing the requested info, please reset this bug to NEW, since it's
> already been confirmed, but not tested against the latest LO pre-release.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Open a new presentation.
2. Apply some background color (not necessary -- it only makes the hourglass easier to observe)
3. Insert more slides.
4. Apply some transition effect - any...
5. Start the slideshow and watch the bottom left corner during transition.

The bug was reproduced even on 3.6.4 in 2012 as Stefan Knorr mentioned above. It is still present in 4.2.5.
Comment 9 tommy27 2014-07-18 20:36:56 UTC
status NEW because of independent confirmations in comment 3 and comment 5
Comment 10 Dom 2014-11-02 22:27:37 UTC
Hourglass really look bad. Can this be eliminated?
Comment 11 Dom 2015-05-16 21:30:01 UTC
Version The hourglass still appears.
Is there really nothing that can be done to hide it?
Comment 12 tommy27 2015-05-17 06:33:49 UTC
thanks for confirmation with LibO
however you should not change the version field which has to indicate the "earliest version affected" not the latest. so I'm reverting it back to
also consider upgrading to LibO since the 4.3.x branch will not receive any more updates.
Comment 13 jebsolutions 2016-09-06 01:21:54 UTC
Created attachment 127165 [details]
transparent waiticon.png
Comment 14 jebsolutions 2016-09-06 01:27:54 UTC
The hourglass icon was inherited from OpenOffice.  

I hope they remove it so that I won't have to keep replacing it myself.

How to fix it depends on what version of Openoffice/Libreoffice you are using.  Look for a zip file in either your profile directory or where Libreoffice is installed named images.zip or image-something.zip.  Look inside the zip for a png file inside named "waiticon.png" replace it with a same-sized 100% transparent png.  

For Libreoffice 5.2.0 on Ubuntu look in:
replace file /sd/res/waiticon.png

For LibreOffice 4.2.x on Windows 10 the zip file is in C:\Program Files (x86)\LibreOffice 4\share\config
Comment 15 Dom 2017-01-04 17:55:17 UTC
Can this hourglass be eliminated by default.
It is really not 'Impress'ive.
Comment 16 tommy27 2017-01-04 20:10:37 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 17 Buovjaga 2018-09-20 08:55:01 UTC
*** Bug 118643 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 18 Steve White 2018-09-20 15:37:12 UTC Comment hidden (no-value)
Comment 19 QA Administrators 2019-10-22 02:31:37 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 20 dldld 2020-08-07 09:45:23 UTC
Under Ubuntu 20.04 with version:

Build ID: 8061b3e9204bef6b321a21033174034a5e2ea88e
CPU threads: 12; OS: Linux 5.4; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); UI: en-US
Calc: threaded

I can not reproduce it anymore.
Comment 21 QA Administrators 2022-08-08 03:48:24 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 22 Timur 2022-09-07 15:20:25 UTC
As explained, hourglass was changed to pause sign around LO 6.1.
Repro 7.5+ in Windows both GDI and Skia.