I've experienced two major defects when copying DRAW created shapes into a Writer document. (Using LO 184.108.40.206 in Win7)
1) When a single shape (circle, rectangle) is copy/pasted from Draw to Writer, it appears to transfer properly, but is missing (deleted) when Writer document reloaded. This happens whether the shape is placed on the page or in a frame.
Note: a) If two or more DRAW shapes are grouped then copied, the problem does not occur.
b) Lines and connectors never exhibit this problem, just circles, rectangles etc.
c) A shape originally created in Writer, copied to Draw, then copied back to Writer does not cause any problems.
2) When objects created in Draw are grouped then copied into a Writer frame, the circles and rectangles always remain in the background. This means that unless the frame area has Transparency= 100%, the objects may be obscured (at first I thought missing).
Note: a) Lines and connectors never exhibit this problem, just circles, rectangles etc.
b) A shape originally created in Writer, copied to Draw, then copied back to Writer does not cause any problems.
I'm evaluating LibreOffice as a replacement for MS Office and defects such as this are quite alarming and tarnish the first impression of LO. In this case there is a workaround, but it took a bit of searching/testing to figure it out, and could easily put off a new user. A permanent fix would greatly improve the new-adopter experience.
So have a check and convince yourself if this is issue of bug 86578
Create the shapes in Draw but use fills other than color (bitmap or gradient). Copy them into a Writer session. Are they stable?
Created attachment 114041 [details]
Example Draw file and Writer file
As suggested I've tried various background options. Firstly frame area Gradient, Hatching and Bitmap, and the results are the same as for Colour. I also confirm that on Writer document reload, the frame is always reset to Transparency= Solid 100%, regardless of the original setting (as detailed in Bug 86578).
Using "Paste Special ..." with Draw8, Drawing format, GDI Metafile & Bitmap, confirmed the problem only occurs with the Drawing format (I presume equivalent to simple Cut/Paste).
Also created Draw shapes with hatching and bitmap backgrounds, problem same as with colour background.
See attached 7z file containing a sample Draw file and Writer file.
What I'm observing is the issue where Draw shapes (circles, rectangles etc)
copied into a Writer frame, become stuck behind the frame background. However any Draw lines and all Writer generated shapes remain in the foreground (as intended). Thus any frame transparency less than 100% causes Draw shapes to fade to varying degrees (or disappear at <10%). This is my major concern.
My other observation that a single Draw shape copied to Writer and placed on the page or in a frame (circle, rectangle) always vanishes after reload, may have a different root cause. Howver as most people are likely to create a simple shape directly in Writer rather than copy from Draw, it is not a major issue.
I've added my latest findings on 11 March but forgot to update the status, here goes ..
Believe these are correct now in current master.
Version: 220.127.116.11.alpha0+ (x64)
Build ID: 79f64d75b25ebb7fdf9f827218cd8a762dc2739b
TinderBox: Win-x86_64@42, Branch:master, Time: 2015-04-14_05:46:17