Bug 86668 - MAILMERGE: Export a form letter with address database fields to PDF
Summary: MAILMERGE: Export a form letter with address database fields to PDF
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Inherited From OOo
Hardware: Other All
: low enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Keywords: filter:pdf
Depends on:
Blocks: Mail-Merge PDF-Export
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Reported: 2014-11-24 19:32 UTC by Timur
Modified: 2020-03-09 13:29 UTC (History)
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Description Timur 2014-11-24 19:32:21 UTC
When we print a Writer document with database fields, it asks: "Your document contains address database fields. Do you want to print a form letter?"
But, when we export PDF, it doesn't ask anything and prints a simple PDF without address database fields, just with <name> tags.
Export PDF of a document with database fields should also invoke the question: "Your document contains address database fields. Do you want to export a form letter?"
Comment 1 Timur 2014-11-26 09:15:37 UTC
Steps to reproduce: 
1. Open new Writer document
2. Turn on View-Data Sources
3. From built-in Bibliography data source with 20 records, add Author field to the document on the 1st page
- OR use attached https://bugs.freedesktop.org/attachment.cgi?id=110046 - 
4. Choose File-Export as PDF to export document with database fields (20 copies) 
5. You will not get a dialog "Do you want to print a form letter?" so it will export just one copy with <Author> instead of 20 copies with author names from address database fields.
Comment 2 Timur 2014-12-12 11:01:57 UTC
There is a workaround: to print to file and then choose PDF.
But, it's not so obvious so the bug should be resolved.
Comment 3 Buovjaga 2014-12-16 14:00:21 UTC
Sounds reasonable -> NEW.
Comment 4 Alex Thurgood 2015-01-03 17:39:12 UTC Comment hidden (no-value)
Comment 5 Timur 2015-05-21 14:42:20 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 6 Robinson Tryon (qubit) 2016-08-25 05:39:00 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 7 Heiko Tietze 2016-09-12 13:25:41 UTC
I agree with Timur that export to PDF should be handled like "exporting" to the printer. So this ticket is an ordinary bug. Removing UX.

(Sorry for the long delay.)
Comment 8 Xisco Faulí 2020-03-09 13:29:10 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)