Summary: Please make use of the $PWD variable for file-picker defaults.
I tend to keep documents (especially presentations) well organised, in a deep directory structure, where each project is in its own directory, together the relevant files (pictures, videos, diagrams etc).
So my workflow goes as follows (names changed for privacy):
0. I'm already at the command line.
1. cd Documents/consulting/projects/penguins/feeding/
#I get here rapidly using tab-completion
2. libreoffice herring.odp
3. Now I start to work on the presentation. When I add files (insert pictures, or videos, or use file->open), Impress (or Writer) open the file picker in the *wrong* place; either in my home-directory, or the last place I was looking when I last used L.O. on a different project. Neither is helpful, and it's cognitively jarring to be put into the "wrong" context.
It would be really useful if the file-picker would default to the same path that my presentation is in, rather than elsewhere.
Might I suggest a heuristic:
1. The current behaviour is fine on Windows, (and maybe even on Linux when the program is launched from the graphical menu.)
2. When starting from the command-line [and especially when the user has changed directory to somewhere different, i.e. where $PWD != $HOME ]
then the file-open and insert-file dialogs should default to
$(dirname herring.odp) #or possibly $PWD.
This would be a huge timesaver for programmers, and make LO work similarly to the way that other editors operate.
Thanks for your time.
Sounds like a reasonable enhancement request.
Status -> NEW
Whiteboard: (remove NeedAdvice)