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Bug 90027 - ENHANCEMENT: Draw: Measure area of shapes in the status bar and dialog
Summary: ENHANCEMENT: Draw: Measure area of shapes in the status bar and dialog
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Draw (show other bugs)
(earliest affected)
Hardware: Other All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Draw-UX
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Reported: 2015-03-15 19:14 UTC by Robert Gonzalez MX
Modified: 2016-06-12 09:36 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Some shapes (12.62 KB, application/
2015-03-15 19:20 UTC, Robert Gonzalez MX

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Description Robert Gonzalez MX 2015-03-15 19:14:36 UTC

Currently the status bar shows the position and the size of the selected object, but this size refers to the size delimited by the handles of the shape, that is a four side polygon or rectangle.

It will be good to have an automatic area calculation of the shape itself in the status bar and in the dialog of position and size.

For basic shapes, like square, rectangle, triangle and circle, a think the calculation could be simple, because the length of the handles polygon match some of the measures needed for the calculation.

For example, in the square and rectangle is as simple as multiplying the width by the height.

For the triangle, the width match the base and the height is the same needed for the calculation of base of triangle by height divided by two.

In the case of a regular circle, the size of the width is equal the diameter needed for the area calculation. Even with the ellipsis, the size of the width is equal to the long diameter and the height is equal to the short diameter, which can be used to calculate the area.

I know that some shapes will require a more complex procedures to calculate, and I don't have the programming skills to develop this feature. So I hope that this enhancement goes to the right people thinking on improve the Draw module of LibreOffice.

Comment 1 Robert Gonzalez MX 2015-03-15 19:20:54 UTC
Created attachment 114114 [details]
Some shapes
Comment 2 Buovjaga 2015-03-20 19:12:35 UTC
Sounds useful -> NEW.
Comment 3 Heiko Tietze 2016-06-12 09:36:11 UTC
What is the use case for this calculation? I mean to calculate the area size is rather a question after the drawing, or is it necessary for some reason to know it precisely?