Bug 70233 - MAILMERGE ⓘ ► should allow further email attachments
Summary: MAILMERGE ⓘ ► should allow further email attachments
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
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(earliest affected)
4.1.2.3 release
Hardware: Other Linux (All)
: medium enhancement
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Blocks: Mail-Merge
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Reported: 2013-10-07 15:14 UTC by Spectas Riogrande
Modified: 2016-10-05 09:38 UTC (History)
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Description Spectas Riogrande 2013-10-07 15:14:09 UTC
When sending letters with the "Mail Merge Wizard" as an E-Mail, there should be a way to add other files as attachments.

In the Mail Merge Wizard there is only an option to add the document itself as an E-Mail-Attachment. What I am missing is a further option in the menu "Save, print or send" | "Send merged document as E-Mail", which can be called "Add more attachments". When you click on that button, LO should open a list, to which you can add more (static) attachments.

In my opinion this should be very useful in this context. Example: someone is writing lots of letters of applications, which differ only in small things. So he uses the Mail Merge Wizard, combined with an LO-Calc-Sheet. What is possible now, is to produce all the individual cover letter with all the corresponding data included. But right now it is not possible, also to attach the CV or scanned documents, certificates etc as a PDF to this E-Mail.

But there are lots of possibilities to use such a function, e.g. when you want to add a signature/contact file to your E-Mail.

Kind regards,
Spectas
Comment 1 Ferry Toth 2014-03-02 20:23:09 UTC Comment hidden (me-too)
Comment 2 Joel Madero 2014-03-03 01:20:23 UTC
Hm - how is this different than just selecting attachments within your mail client? Trying to see how this would be faster than doing just that (for instance in thunderbird just hitting "attachments" and going to the attachments you want to add. To me this seems more like an email client function than office suite function. 

Let us know how this is better/faster/more efficient than just selecting attachments within your email client and then we'll try to confirm it's a valid enhancement. 

Thanks!
Comment 3 Ferry Toth 2014-03-08 18:47:10 UTC
@Joel, are we talking about the same thing?

The mail merge wizard help you to *send* mass e-mails, you are not inside the e-mail client at that time.

What we would like to have is: the reader gets a html formatted mail with a pdf attachment.

To do that from writer: write a formatted odt possibly with (name) fields to personalize it, make sure you have a database with addresses and names, then use the wizard to send as merged e-mails. So far, this functionality already exists. Even, currently pictures are formatted into the html mail as embedded images!

Now, prior to actually sending it would be good to be able to add the additional attachement (as you connot create a pdf attachement inside an odt).

What Spectas refers to is that prior to sending you have the option to send the odt itself as an attachment. This is pretty useless as the reader will receive an empty e-mail, with the odt as attachement, no body text present to persuade the reader to open the attachement. Don't know about you, but when receiving an empty e-mail I would press delete before noticing the attachement.
Comment 4 Spectas Riogrande 2014-03-09 16:40:59 UTC
(In reply to comment #2)
> Let us know how this is better/faster/more efficient than just selecting
> attachments within your email client and then we'll try to confirm it's a
> valid enhancement. 
When using the mail merge wizard you can't use your email client at the same time. It is then only LO working as an email client, when using the Mail Merge Wizard.

(In reply to comment #3)
> Now, prior to actually sending it would be good to be able to add the
> additional attachement (as you connot create a pdf attachement inside an
> odt).
Right.
 
> What Spectas refers to is that prior to sending you have the option to send
> the odt itself as an attachment. This is pretty useless as the reader will
> receive an empty e-mail, with the odt as attachement, no body text present
> to persuade the reader to open the attachement. Don't know about you, but
> when receiving an empty e-mail I would press delete before noticing the
> attachement.
Actually I didn't get that last paragraph. I didn't actually think of sending the odt itself, but of sending together with the database-created pdf-attachment (e.g. application letter) further (static) attachments like your vCard-file (*.vcf) or your scanned diploma-pdfs.

Thanks!
Comment 5 Joel Madero 2014-03-09 16:49:09 UTC
I now understand :) Thanks for that. Valid request, marking as NEW

Please note that enhancements can take a long time to get implemented as almost all of our developers are volunteers and it's up to the volunteers to pick these enhancements to work on (ie. they have to be interested in that section of the code/functionality). That being said it's been at least confirmed for devs to consider.


Thanks for clarifying
Comment 6 Alex Thurgood 2015-01-03 17:38:52 UTC Comment hidden (no-value)