Bug 53548 - Allow "Other" fields / DocInformation / custom editable fields in Draw/Impress (as in Writer)
Summary: Allow "Other" fields / DocInformation / custom editable fields in Draw/Impres...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Impress (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
Keywords: needsDevEval
: 78155 93397 102055 115042 (view as bug list)
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Blocks: Fields ImpressDraw-Enhancements
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Reported: 2012-08-15 17:47 UTC by Jared
Modified: 2022-01-03 09:30 UTC (History)
11 users (show)

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Description Jared 2012-08-15 17:47:49 UTC
Problem description: Mailmerging is not possible in Draw like it is in Writer.  In Writer you can add "other" fields from a Database, but not in Draw.  This would allow functionality of using Draw in more ways, perhaps making it more comparable toward MS Publisher.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Open Draw
2. Navigate to Insert on menubar
3. Click Fields

Current behavior: Only standard fields are available

Expected behavior: "Other..." fields available

Platform (if different from the browser): 
Browser: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.2; rv:15.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/15.0
Comment 1 Alex Thurgood 2015-01-03 17:39:59 UTC Comment hidden (no-value)
Comment 2 Cor Nouws 2015-08-12 21:06:08 UTC
*** Bug 93397 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Cor Nouws 2015-08-12 21:06:17 UTC
*** Bug 78155 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 4 Cor Nouws 2016-09-12 19:20:46 UTC
*** Bug 102055 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Cor Nouws 2016-10-11 09:49:09 UTC
*** Bug 78155 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 6 Regina Henschel 2018-01-16 14:15:22 UTC
*** Bug 115042 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 7 Heiko Tietze 2018-12-17 15:20:07 UTC
Don't see a question for design/UX here (added the flag myself). Would be nice to have, given that the format doesn't limit us. So up to dev.
Comment 8 tovsurf 2021-12-28 14:18:26 UTC
Any hope for this long-standing feature request to receive any attention?

There have been several duplicate reports and the ability to insert "Custom Properties" fields in Draw/Impress is a basic feature in a professional setting for e.g. making drawing headers, document/revision identifiers etc. It already works well in Writer, but is inconsistently missing in Draw/Impress.

We are currently attempting to use LO instead of MSO at our company, but having to manually update fields at each page is a hassle yielding negative perception towards LO.

Is there a place, where you can offer monetary support towards getting this specific feature implemented?
Comment 9 Heiko Tietze 2022-01-03 09:30:50 UTC
LibreOffice is a volunteer-driven open source project. We do not have a development plan in the usual sense. To draw more attention on a particular ticket you can a) precisely describe the use case and make sure it's not a demand from a small portion of users, b) consolidate the requests as done with duplicates (QA will raise the importance after some threshold), and c) suggest a solution. 

You can get professional support from our ecosystem partners, see https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-in-business/