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Bug 47825 - SLIDESHOW: Show formatted notes in presenter console (Instead of converting to plaint-text)
Summary: SLIDESHOW: Show formatted notes in presenter console (Instead of converting t...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Impress (show other bugs)
Version:
(earliest affected)
3.5.1 release
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
URL:
Whiteboard: BSA
Keywords: skillCpp
Depends on:
Blocks: Slide-Show Presenter-Console
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Reported: 2012-03-24 18:00 UTC by ivantsyba
Modified: 2019-03-29 18:38 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Attachments
Sample presentation to illustrate Bug 47825 (375.69 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation)
2012-06-18 06:04 UTC, ivantsyba
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Description ivantsyba 2012-03-24 18:00:43 UTC
Problem description: 
Presenter console show just raw text from notes, all character and paragraph formatting is ignored.
When you have a lot text in note, you want to format it for better readability, and maybe mark some text bold, when it needed to click and show something new on slide. Presenter console is awesome alternative for paper notes because it always on secondary screen and it automatically changes with slides. But all notes text formatting is ignored.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Launch  slide show on dual screen system. Slides will appear on one screen, presenter console on another.
2. Turn on notes displaying.
3. See unformatted text in notes section (before it, for example, make some text bold in notes)

Current behavior:
unformatted text in Presenter console notes section
Expected behavior:
Presenter console display all text formatting

Sorry for my English
Comment 1 sasha.libreoffice 2012-06-18 05:49:36 UTC
Thanks for bugreport
Please, attach odp document with formatted notes for testing
Comment 2 ivantsyba 2012-06-18 06:04:36 UTC
Created attachment 63177 [details]
Sample presentation to illustrate Bug 47825
Comment 3 ivantsyba 2012-06-18 06:05:19 UTC
Please, look on attachment
Comment 4 sasha.libreoffice 2012-06-19 00:37:57 UTC
Thanks for attachment
reproduced in 3.5.2 on Windows 7 32 bit (other not tested)

I am not sure if it is a bug. May be font properties resets for improve readability of text of note.
Also not sure if it is Presentation or Extension component
Comment 5 ivantsyba 2012-06-19 00:46:36 UTC
(In reply to comment #4)
> I am not sure if it is a bug. May be font properties resets for improve
> readability of text of note.

Formatted notes can be very useful in some cases. Can be added as alternative to current plain notes.
Comment 6 bfoman (inactive) 2012-07-03 02:11:22 UTC
Confirmed with:
LO 3.5.4.2 
Build ID: own W7 debug build
Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit

Formatted notes are displayed in plain text in Presenter mode, just like in the PowerPoint 2010.
Comment 7 ivantsyba 2012-07-03 02:15:19 UTC
Formatted notes can be an option in presenter console. I think this will be useful in many cases.
Comment 8 Moritz 2013-02-14 16:01:48 UTC
I can confirm this bug for LibreOffice 3.5.4.2 and Presenter Console 1.1.0 both from the Ubuntu 12.04 repositories. 

My only requirement is that the displayed notes should include all newlines from the original notes. Notes are very hard to read if newlines are replaced by spacesm because all structure is lost. Therefore I cannot use Presenter Console and thus LO Impress for some of my presentations until this is resolved.

In principle I really like the Presenter Console and Impress alot.
Comment 9 Aaron Wolf 2013-04-07 03:08:40 UTC
I confirm, this is still present in v. 4 and is a serious issue.

The biggest problem is not recognizing new lines. This makes it very difficult to deal with longer notes or any sort of structure.

It would also be nice to show formatting like bold or italic, although this is definitely lower priority. I hope this can be fixed ASAP
Comment 10 sasha.libreoffice 2013-04-08 04:59:19 UTC
Thanks for additional testing
Sorry, bug "Version" is where bug initially appears. Not a current version of LO. If bug disappears, we just closing bugreport.
Changing version back to 3.5.1
Comment 11 Jorendc 2013-05-19 15:32:08 UTC
Already confirmed, so lets mark it as such.

Kind regards,
Joren
Comment 12 Andrzej Hunt 2014-02-02 21:29:53 UTC
I can't reproduce the new-line issue on master (unfortunately I can't test
with 4.0 or 4.1 right now as the distro provided version has a busted
presenter console) -- there's been a lot of work on the presenter console since
3.5, so might have been fixed in the meantime?

However the formatting is a separate issue to the new-lines that's definitely
still in existence.
Comment 13 vivideo 2014-08-14 09:56:06 UTC
In LibreOffice 4.1.3.2 this issue is still ongoing. I like the console function in Impress, but it's pretty useless if the notes aren't showing up well. 

Not only the plain text extract in the console mode is an issue, also the format options are poor. Sometimes notes aren't showing up at all with just little custom made adjustments.. 

Hope the notes section will be improved soon!

Cheers :)
Comment 14 Andrzej Hunt 2014-08-14 10:31:44 UTC
(In reply to comment #13)

> Not only the plain text extract in the console mode is an issue, also the
> format options are poor.

Sorry, could you please be more precise about what you mean with "format options are poor"?

> Sometimes notes aren't showing up at all with just
> little custom made adjustments..

That would be a separate (even if related) issue -- please could you add a new bug for this (and attach a sample document to that for easy reproduction)?
Comment 15 vivideo 2014-08-14 12:22:56 UTC
(In reply to comment #14)
> (In reply to comment #13)
> 
> > Not only the plain text extract in the console mode is an issue, also the
> > format options are poor.
> 
> Sorry, could you please be more precise about what you mean with "format
> options are poor"?>

I expected all text format options to function. While creating on a test-document for (additional) bug report, the basic functions operated normal, without failures, so I somehow messed up the original presentation I was working on.

> 
> > Sometimes notes aren't showing up at all with just
> > little custom made adjustments..
> 
> That would be a separate (even if related) issue -- please could you add a
> new bug for this (and attach a sample document to that for easy
> reproduction)?
>
As mentioned: in the quick made test document I wasn't able to mess it up, meaning all notes were at least displayed (as plain text) in the presentation console mode. 

Back to the original bug report: I think the correct display of notes in the console is a serious issue, not just a "medium enhancement". What do others think?

Cheers!
Comment 16 flavi0 2015-08-16 14:33:25 UTC
> Back to the original bug report: I think the correct display of notes in the
> console is a serious issue, not just a "medium enhancement". What do others
> think?

I definitely consider this a serious issue as well. Having completely unstructured notes is definitely not worth much, since during presentation you want to look at your audience, wander around, look at the projected screen, and quickly glimpse at your notes again while talking. Having no way of structuring them makes quickly spotting where you left really difficult. If at least the spacing was preserved that would already make a huge difference.

What I will do for now, as a workaround, is introduce some CAPITALIZATION and plain-text bullet points like *** to have at least something to orient oneself towards. However, properly rendering the notes as they are formatted in the notes view is a vital requirement for future versions in my opinion.
Comment 17 flavi0 2015-08-16 14:51:44 UTC
What I'm doing to get around this is now something like:

*** HEADING1
point1
point2
<space>
*** HEADING2
etc.

Since only completely empty lines are removed, the <space> after the bullet points actually introduces a newline (thanks to Nicd- for the tip!). Not beautiful but helps for now. Just keeping regular newlines or even proper formatting with bullet points etc. would of course still be preferrable.
Comment 18 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2015-12-14 07:20:38 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)