To improve handling the layers it is necessary to add a new window similar to Navigator (F5) which will show (and let to change) all layers, their status, order, visibility, (opacity) etc... Similar functions as in Gimp for example.
This is a valid request. Currently only the property 'visible' has an easy, one click access.
I'd rather integrate layer management into the navigator.
(In reply to Heiko Tietze from comment #2)
> I'd rather integrate layer management into the navigator.
The integration of a layer control for the navigator is an excellent idea (Bug 90244), but in addition, a replacement for the control layers through tabs currently have in LO Draw is necessary.
An alternative method that can be used by switching the page pane with a very similar ui to other drawing applications like GIMP, Inkscape, Photoshop, Corel Draw, etc.
There are many reasons to be, as the familiarity of users having a "typical" layer control, a simpler option than that obtained with the navigator (typical power users), etc.
I'll make a small mockup to show this idea.
Created attachment 128558 [details]
A simple mockup of how the alternative layer manager might work, in addition to other interesting elements to consider.
Based on my experience as a user, the navigator is only used by power users and in complex documents. A simple alternative, always visible and similar to that available in other drawing applications is important.
In the mockup:
• Layer tabs disappear and could give way to a default color bar
• it's used the page pane to toggle between page view and layer view
• Layer view has an interface similar to other drawing applications and only shows the layers of the current page
(In reply to Bastián Díaz from comment #4)
> Created attachment 128558 [details]
Excellent proposal, almost the same as in https://design.blog.documentfoundation.org/2016/07/31/how-the-navigator-may-support-object-handling-in-libreoffice-draw/
The problem with layers is that ODF defines it differently from what other tools understand. The concept is orthogonal to groups, which quickly ends up in a mess for non-experts.
The Navigator is not used today because it has some flaws. I would fix those rather then introduce new UIs. But in the end we will have the same interaction, I guess.
No need for further input from UX. Please revamp the Navigator, see also bug 90244.