Bug 51096 - Allow User to Select External Image Editing Tool
Summary: Allow User to Select External Image Editing Tool
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: needsDevEval
: 119518 134722 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Options-Dialog
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Reported: 2012-06-14 13:36 UTC by Kevin Cox
Modified: 2020-07-10 19:11 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

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Description Kevin Cox 2012-06-14 13:36:25 UTC
Currently there is no (clear) way for the user to choose what tool "Edit with External Tool..." uses to select the images.  I believe it uses the system default application.

This is an issue because my default image application is not an editor but a viewer (I right-click "Open with" to edit).  This means that I can't launch my editor from inside of LibreOffice.  I currently need to cut-and-past the image back and forth or unzip the .odf to edit the image.

There should be an option in the settings window that allows the user to select the program (and commandline) to use to ""Edit with External Tool".
Comment 1 Edward d'Auvergne 2014-03-11 14:36:17 UTC
I have the same problem on Libreoffice  This should be in a setting somewhere.  Or better still, a dialog presented to allow the user to chose between different applications as needed.
Comment 2 Axel Pospischil 2014-12-07 13:05:25 UTC
Hey out there,

i know that libreoffice is distributed to different plattforms, but as it already uses the sytem default path for a program, it should not be a big task altering this path with a custom one?

I am using Lyx for LaTeX based editing (on linux). This program I like very much, because it gives me the usage scenarios a real writer needs and is highly configurable. 

I think a program like Libreoffice should have this feature! As long as e.g. MS Word gives us various possibilities to edit an image inside the word processor - I am not a fan of this ! - and Libreoffice does not, we need this feature for professional editing.

I am using Libreoffice on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Comment 3 Phil 2016-05-02 20:59:57 UTC
Until this bug/enhancement request is assigned and solved (first report was 4 years ago) it would be less confusing for users to not have the Option "Edit with external tool..." in the pop-up menu since LO uses the system default association for the image. And that is usually an image _viewer_ and not an editor.

So I suggest the menu option to read "View with external program" or "Use external default program" or something of that sort. _Until_ the edit option actually works.

Also, once someone is at it, he/she could place the three dots separate from the last word. Not only it suggests that the user is going to be be given a menu to choose from but also gives a poor impression of the program, it simply looks awful.

Thank you to whoever can fix it.
Comment 4 QA Administrators 2017-05-22 13:40:32 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 5 Edward d'Auvergne 2017-05-23 08:35:50 UTC
This bug is still present LO on GNU/Linux.  I would suggest that this is more like a feature request, in that missing code needs to be added to fix a misleading 'feature'.  Something like a new options for setting what the 'External tool' for editing images is, rather than defaulting to the system default image viewer!
Comment 6 QA Administrators 2018-06-22 02:49:41 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 Edward d'Auvergne 2018-06-22 07:42:43 UTC
This still affects the latest version:

Build ID: 54c8cbb85f300ac59db32fe8a675ff7683cd5a16

Editing images pops up an image viewer, not an editor, as expected from the file type association with images.
Comment 8 Buovjaga 2019-02-17 17:39:16 UTC
*** Bug 119518 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 9 Heiko Tietze 2019-02-18 10:38:30 UTC
Ideally we can provide a list of installed applications and the user picks the one he likes. But this is up to the OS where and the issue was treated as kind of  NOTOURBUG in the past.
However, adding an edit field to Tools > Options > General where the user can enter the name of the tool with or without parameters would be very handy. We could use a checkbox "[ ] Image editor" (off by default using the current algorithm) which toggles the edit field enabled when on. Sounds like an easyhack but could also be very tricky to get the image back. => needsDevEval
Comment 10 Heiko Tietze 2019-02-18 10:38:53 UTC
Code pointer: sw/source/uibase/shells/grfsh.cxx
Comment 11 Andy Goss 2019-04-04 03:57:30 UTC
The OS default for images on my openSUSE Leap 15 is to Gwenview, which is fine for most casual purposes. But for significant work I use Gimp, and it would be very helpful if there were a drop-down, similar to that provided by the OS itself in its file manager, from which I could select the most suitable tool.
Comment 12 Roman Kuznetsov 2020-07-10 19:11:07 UTC
*** Bug 134722 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***