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Bug 76025 - Writer lacks the possibility to maintain additional color palettes
Summary: Writer lacks the possibility to maintain additional color palettes
Status: RESOLVED FIXED
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
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4.2.1.1 release
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
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Reported: 2014-03-11 11:14 UTC by a07cd040897db54e103c
Modified: 2017-03-09 13:06 UTC (History)
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Description a07cd040897db54e103c 2014-03-11 11:14:44 UTC
If you define your own colors via "Tools -> Options -> Colors" they are added to the default palette "standard.soc".

In the past (StarOffice) it was possible to define your own paths where color palette files (*.soc) are to be searched for. (See http://www.ooowiki.de/attachments/PalettenErstellen/pfaddialog.png). Now in LO I'm not aware of any possibility to maintain *seperate* color palettes.

So, first it would be nice to have such a feature again.

Second, by adding a color via "Tools -> Options -> Colors" the user should be asked, in which of the available *.soc files the new color should be stored in.
Comment 1 A (Andy) 2014-03-11 21:53:36 UTC
marked as enhancement request

I agree that it would be very good to have a simple way to organise and manage the LO color palettes.  The color palettes are a LO feature which could from my point of view get different improvements.

Currently, you can modify the color palette by going to TOOLS -> OPTIONS -> section LIBREOFFICE -> section COLORS.  There you can add, modify and delete colors.  These colors are then saved in a .soc file (as far as I know in the standard.soc (?) file).

From your bug report I see, that you are using LO 4.x, but I don't know which system.  In Windows 7/8 you can find the color files (.soc) in C:\Users\[Your User Folder]\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\4\user\config\.  It could be that AppData is a hidden directory which you would have to made visible first.
Unfortunately, I can see here no feature in the OPTIONS dialog box to load and save color palettes.  I think this is not user-friendly and inconsistent, because through another step you can load and save color palettes.

First, you have to insert a graphic object (like a rectangle).  Then you make a right click on this object and go to AREA -> tab COLORS.  There you can find a LOAD and SAVE button (unfortunately, only a graphic button, but no text button).  You can now again modify the color palette and then you click the SAVE button and there you can save your modified color palette under a new name (e.g. mycolortest.soc).  Through the LOAD button you can now e.g. load the standard.soc color palette or your modified color palette under a new name.

I would very much appreciate if a developer or LO specialist (from e.g. the design team) can comment my comment and maybe correct my feedback if necessary.  Are there maybe already any plans/improvements underway to improve the color palette?
Comment 2 a07cd040897db54e103c 2014-03-12 07:23:09 UTC
(In reply to comment #1)

> Currently, you can modify the color palette by going to TOOLS -> OPTIONS ->
> section LIBREOFFICE -> section COLORS.  There you can add, modify and delete
> colors.  These colors are then saved in a .soc file (as far as I know in the
> standard.soc (?) file).

Correctly.

> From your bug report I see, that you are using LO 4.x, but I don't know
> which system.

Windows XP

> In Windows 7/8 you can find the color files (.soc) in
> C:\Users\[Your User Folder]\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\4\user\config\.  It
> could be that AppData is a hidden directory which you would have to made
> visible first.

I know where to find the file. In XP it is "%APPDATA%\LibreOffice\4\user\config\standard.soc

> First, you have to insert a graphic object (like a rectangle).  Then you
> make a right click on this object and go to AREA -> tab COLORS.  There you
> can find a LOAD and SAVE button (unfortunately, only a graphic button, but
> no text button).  You can now again modify the color palette and then you
> click the SAVE button and there you can save your modified color palette
> under a new name (e.g. mycolortest.soc).

OK, didn't know that. Thats the kind of feature i would like to have

1. in any dialog dealing with colors
2. in TOOLS -> OPTIONS -> LIBREOFFICE -> COLORS

In TOOLS -> OPTIONS -> LIBREOFFICE -> PATHS there a new section "Palettes" (see http://www.ooowiki.de/attachments/PalettenErstellen/pfaddialog.png) could be introduced listing the paths for *.soc files to load on start.
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2017-03-09 13:06:43 UTC
The color handling was reworked completely. Palettes can be shared now as an extension. Learn more in https://design.blog.documentfoundation.org/2016/12/30/new-color-palettes-in-libreoffice