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2016-07-02 21:08:48 +0200 answered a question Handling of dyslexia: Custom character underlining in LibreOffice Writer (or other idea) ?

Seeing your question sparked me into a new search-session (before maybe replying with questions about if you had tested the OpenDyslexic font and speculations about using some grammar-checking features). But then I found this:

In LibreOffice we added a color separator syllables and arches on each syllable.

This is an excerpt from the news page of a GNU/Linux distribution called PicarOS Diego 2015; PicarOS is a (Spanish) multipurpose distribution with focus on education:

http://minino.galpon.org/en

Seems they have done exactly what you asked about.

(I'm downloading it at this moment just to take a look; possibly their packages/extensions can be used in other distributions as well; we'll see...)

Writer with LireCouleur in PicarOS

The feature in question is an extension called "LireCouleur" which can be downloaded here:

http://lirecouleur.arkaline.fr/telech...

Beware: the website is only in french ;-)

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2016-02-21 00:18:27 +0200 answered a question How to insert pdf drawings?

I've been involved in the printing industry for a long time; one of the commandments there is: "Convert to curves, convert to curves, and convert to curves". Regardless of OS or applications.

In human language, this means that for every object, text or whatever you'd want to place into another type of file format, and to keep as-is in the final result, plain native vector format is the clearest. But of course you loose the editing capabilities of the text.

If the PDF-as-OLE-object procedure above works for your task, then use it (but don't necessarily count on it to work when you open the same file next year).

If you want to be sure to keep the vector graphics intact; I'd import them into Inkscape or even Scribus and get them into a standardized format. Fonts may get a bit offset, but if the original fonts were decent, the risk is minimal. If you have a lot of PDF's there are command-line utilities who batch-convert everything into EPS or even SVG's.

2015-12-03 00:12:05 +0200 answered a question How do I open a Powerpoint presentatioon?

Normally you would open LibreOffice Impress and then choose the menu File --> Open and navigate to your PPS-file. Actually you should be able to do this from most of the other LibreOffice modules.

(It's up to your operating system what happens when you double-click on a file. If you want to associate PPS-files with LO Impress, you'd have to do that in the operating system or in a file-manager.)

2015-12-02 23:41:42 +0200 answered a question How can I add columns to textbox in Draw?

Another workaround (where one can easily flow text betveen columns) would be to use OLE-objects, in this case an ODT-text object. Just go to Insert --> Object --> OLE object and choose LibreOffice Text. With the text object open (editable) you have all the menu options as you would have inside LO Writer, choose your columns, add your text, column breaks etc.

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It is a bit tedious getting the frame size and position right, but can give the desired results.

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2015-11-10 15:20:42 +0200 answered a question Is there a simple control to change a body of text to all small letters, all capitals, etc.

Actually this is much simpler:

Select some text, go to Format --> Change Case and choose from the following options:

  • Sentence case
  • lowercase
  • UPPERCASE
  • Capitalize Every Word
  • tOGGLE cASE
  • Rotate case (Title Case, UPPERCASE, lowercase)
2015-11-10 11:41:15 +0200 answered a question How can I draw electrical and electronics circuits?snares ievirce

I guess you're meaning diagrams (symbolic ones) and not PCB Layout for copper etching.

The drawing toolbar is normally in the bottom pane. If it's not there, just go to View --> Toolbars and select Drawing. Explore the shapes, and don't forget that the smart connectors can help to maintain consistent Glue Points.

By default there are just basic logic-circuit symbols in LibreOffice Draw. You can draw your own symbols and keep a copy in the Gallery or in a separate file. But many more symbols can be accessed by installing extensions.

See for example this question: Whether Draw has stencils for Electrical engineering?

And here is another quite informative: Where are the shapes in LibreOffice Draw?

2015-11-03 13:50:00 +0200 answered a question How to use extensions?

It depends on the extension; language tools like dictionaries integrate themselves into existing tools; many extensions add a menu-entry in one of the existing main-menus; and some extensions add a new entry to the main menu.

An example could be the (included) MediaWiki-extension; in Writer, to activate it, you choose "File" --> "Send" --> "To MediaWiki". I have the Anaphraseus-extension installed for translation work: it has its own main-menu entry and a small toolbar, wich I place where it pleases me.

Best is to read documentation/manual for each extension.

2015-11-03 13:30:23 +0200 answered a question Writer: documentation for built-in styles

You seem to get to a reasonable conclusion in your update.

I don't know of any single document describing the intended use of styles, but I know this was discussed a bit on one of the LibreOffice mailinglists some weeks ago (sorry, seems I can't find a pointer right now). There was also a discussion here on ask.libreoffice.org, where there are links to bugreports which may clarify a bit.

It's also possible that the styles are part of the OASIS OpenDocument standard definitions, which I have not really dwelved into.

Hope this helps a little.

2015-11-03 12:30:02 +0200 commented question Can you explain why I can no longer print a spreadsheet?

Are you sure that you have a defined print range? To see defined print ranges, go to "View" --> "Page Break" (second entry in the View-menu). There you can drag around page limits. Right-click and choose "Define Print Ranges" for more detailed control.

2014-12-03 16:25:18 +0200 commented question How do I stop my word documents from opening up in libra office.

Like ROSt52 says, you have to tell us more; Which Operating System (Windows, Mac, Linux), what do you mean by saying LibreOffice format (e.g. filename.odt ?). And what/why import all documents in email?

2014-12-03 16:10:08 +0200 answered a question converter docx para doc em massa

In any module (Writer, Calc, etc...), open File --> Wizards --> Document converter ( something like Arquivo --> Asistente --> Conversor de arquivos). It can batch-convert all your MSOffice files to corresponding ODF.

2014-11-26 15:39:53 +0200 commented question After upgrading to Version: 4.2.7.2 right clicking on a word with red underline doesn't work anymore. What to do to get it back?

is the automatic spellcheck icon active? (the Abc w. red underline)

2014-11-26 15:36:09 +0200 answered a question Why are PDF created with LibreOffice twice the size of PDF created in word?

This is not really an anwer, but rather a workaround:

The LO-developers set up some sensible default for PDF-export, I don't know of a way to fiddle with those except in the Presenation Minimizer in Impress. But if you know what you want, you can use Ghostscript to toast your PDFs to your liking: Install ghostscript, then open Terminal in the working folder, and issue:

gs -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress -dSAFER -dCompatibilityLevel=1.5 -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sstdout=%stderr -dGrayImageResolution=600 -dMonoImageResolution=1200 -dColorImageResolution=300 -sOutputFile=outputfile_gs.pdf -c .setpdfwrite -f inputfile.pdf

This is just an example, which for example transformed an 8.4Mb PDF-presentation (with loads of PNGs) to a totally usable 2.4Mb PDF-file, w.o. visible loss of quality. Better experiment with the settings though.

2014-11-24 12:15:35 +0200 commented answer How can I convert Word document to Libre Office Writer?

Adding to this simle answer: You can also batch-convert all your MS-Office files in one go from the File-menu --> Wizards --> Document Converter...

2014-11-24 11:43:36 +0200 commented answer Can you highlight each row of data to make it easier to read cells far to the right of each row?

There are two other options, depending on desired results: #Select all cells and go to Format --> Autoformat. There are some color templates with alternate row colors. #Use conditional formatting for odd and even rows. See this question and maybe this howto.

2014-10-20 10:55:55 +0200 commented answer I can not open my spreadsheet it comes up with this error: Read-Error. Format error discovered in the file in sub-document content.xml at 2,72157(row,col).

"Open the file in an editor" should be "Open the file in a (plain) text editor"?

2014-10-20 10:49:34 +0200 answered a question "You will see the file content.xml. Open the file in an editor and go to the place mentioned in the error message." Can someone explain this?

An editor in this case is a plain text editor, as opposed to LibreOffice Writer / MS Word which is a document editor. Examples would be Notepad, Notepad++, gEdit and Emacs. Googling "xml editor" would have added to that some editors with features like xml-highlightning (coloring the xml syntax, leaving the data intact).

Now, if you're on Windows, please don't use Notepad; it has a history of inserting wrong type of line endings (carriage returns). Notepad++ is a frequent choice on Windows.

To find the error you'd refer to the error message:

Read-Error. Format error discovered in the file in sub-document content.xml at 2,34352(row,col). What to do?? Someone explain simply? STILL NEEDS ANSWERING. URGENT!

This indicates row number 2 and column number 34352. Use the search feature from menu or Ctrl+F (most applications) to locate the placement in the file. Study the surrounding XML-entities (entries); are they different from the rest?

But if you read the linked question above, you see that the real reason in that case was a duplicate attribute at the beginning of the file. Check for such anomalies by opening content.xml in a browser (Firefox, Cromium, Opera etc), these will complain and highlight the error. Find that in your text editor, correct, save file and proceed to reintegrating content.xml into the .zip file you just created. Then rename it to .ods and test in LO.

Hope this helps.

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2014-05-20 12:00:18 +0200 answered a question How to apply a custom color not defined in your installation

Think I've seen discussion about futre enhancement where the actual color palette info will be saved with each document. Not sure about its status right now. When this fature arrives you'll see any custom colors in the document color palette. See here.

For now, I'd use a color picker; a tiny application for retrieving screen colors, existing in most operating systems and environments. A good one gives color values in multiple color spaces; Hex, RGB, Lab, etc.

Then you can go to Tools > Options > Colors and add the color to your standard palette (or create your own).

There is a built in color picker in LibreOffice, which resides in Tools > Color Replacer, but I haven't fond it elsewhere. It could be a good enhancement to use it to add any color to an actual color palette - maybe it is in the pipelines, will check.

2014-05-20 11:09:15 +0200 answered a question copying from a web browser

Depends on the website. Normally I'd rather try Paste Special Ctrl+Shift+V and select which items to paste. I get most of the images that way.

But pages such as C|net are served with a bunch of scripts, CSS-stylesheets and such; these are not real tables but rather a pile of positioned DIV's. In such cases any kind of pasting won't help much.

You can also try to save the page (all elements) and then open the HTML-page in Writer (although the C|net page does not render well).

2014-05-20 10:51:16 +0200 answered a question Why isn't there a single woman in the picture of more than 15 people on your website?

I guess Marina the webdesigner is too found of all these motivated men. Possibly Sophie was speaking at the podium while Regina took the picture... ;-)

2014-05-09 16:28:30 +0200 answered a question Will the column limit be increased on Calc? It's 1024 only!

Not in the near future, sorry. See this bug for details: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=50916

Gnumeric handles way more columns and is free software. Also, many use a database for such datasets.

2014-04-29 14:29:17 +0200 commented answer is there a Libre .dwg opensource program

There are open-source packages with limited DWG support, LinuxCAD comes to mind.

Some other software can be open-source (for the paying user) but not free (as in beer):

Varicad AC3D

2014-04-29 13:06:31 +0200 answered a question is there a Libre .dwg opensource program

Short answer: No

Long answer: Yes, but...

The DWG-format is deep into licensing issues, theoretically you can set up your computer to be able to write/read DWG drawings ( http://www.opendwg.org/ ), but you'd have to be a member and to pay a licensing fee. There are initiatives in the GNU-project ( http://www.gnu.org/software/libredwg/ ), I'm not sure anything concrete has been achieved yet. There's a nice article outlining the issues at LibreGraphicsWorld. To quote the article:

"While file formats such as STEP (ISO 10303) exist, DWG is still part of far too many production workflows."

2012-08-22 17:20:44 +0200 commented answer Draw: Has anybody ever made an Isometric cube???

Sorry to hear. I did this on LibreOffice 3.5.4.2 on LinuxMint13. Snap to grid enabled, holding down Shift while rotating constrains the angle to 15 degree segments.

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2012-08-21 11:46:01 +0200 commented question what's happening with the mailing lists subscription?

Did your recipient address look like this:

users+subscribe@global.libreoffice.org

That is with the plus sign (+) ?

2012-08-20 18:00:43 +0200 answered a question Draw: Has anybody ever made an Isometric cube???

Depends on how much precision you qualify as necessary. For a 45 degree isometric it's relatively easy, you'd only have to calculate the short sides of a triangulation. A 60/30 isocube needs some additional calculations; being lazy I'd definately fire up some CAD software to produce a nice SVG cube.

A 45 degree isocube with dimensions of 5.00cm; draw a rectangle (press Shift for equal dimensions), right click --> Position and Size; give width and height as 5.00cm. Apply. Then go to Edit --> Duplicate and choose 1 copy. Now, right-click on the copy and select Position and Size again; go to the Slant and Corner Radius tab, set slant angle as 45 degrees.

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Then in the Position and Size tab; set Size : Width as 3,535533906cm which is the Pythagorean value I calculated; √(5.00²/2). Draw will round the number up to 3.54, please use more accurate units than centimeters, this is only for demonstration.

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The resulting polygon can be duplicated, flipped and rotated to construct the cube, alignment to gridpoints helps (at least with such simple dimensions).

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Maybe this is possible some other way I'm not aware of, already tried to manipulate the included shapes in Draw without much luck (precision-wise that is).

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2012-08-04 07:58:36 +0200 answered a question Update "Windows can't open this file"

The Libreoffice packages for Windows are in a MSI-format these days. Your LibO_3.5.5_Win_x86_install_multi.man might have been accidentally renamed to .man extension during save; try to rename the package to LibO_3.5.5_Win_x86_install_multi.msi (which is the name used in the download site).

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2012-07-13 12:14:09 +0200 answered a question Can I use writer with Endnote software?

Don't think Endnote can ever be used as such with LibreOffice or other non-MS software. Maybe this question/answer can help you: <http://ask.libreoffice.org/question/455/is-there-a-tool-to-manage-bibliography/

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2012-05-23 16:32:09 +0200 answered a question How to customize context menu in writer?

Have you read "menus;assigning macros" in the integrated Help ?

There's a section called "To assign a script to a new menu entry"; one can create for example a new menu entry or a submenu. However, you cannot customize context menus (right-click) from the GUI, it demands more digging (or an extension?). http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/images/2/27/0114GS3-CustomizingLibO.odt

2012-05-23 13:18:59 +0200 answered a question When I open a .docx file it does not format correctly, is there a way to make it format easily?

If reproducing a document identically between systems is critical, most people use PDF which was created for that purpose. Things like font rendering can still be slightly different between operating systems and applications, thus if micro-metric precision is required then even the fonts are converted to individual curves (outlining = vector shapes). Certainly, PDFs are less than ideal for editing.

2012-05-22 14:40:57 +0200 answered a question Will Writer allow embedding a colour palette in the future?

Embedding colour palettes/gradients/hatches is being worked on, Draw and Impress were the first ones to receive the patching. Other ODF formats/apps may be a bit more complex to integrate. See this thread here:

http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/libreoffice-ux-advise/2011-September/000297.html

Also, there's some revision for the colour palettes GUI to be expected quite soon (hopefully).

2012-05-21 16:16:06 +0200 answered a question Preserve paragraph/line spacing when converting rich text to plain text

I'm unaware of an existing/direct method of saving such a text document from any word processor. As you seem to know, no fancy formatting is retained in .txt files. You'd have to use some kind of Search/Replace. I don't know the functions of programs like Antiword, which may support such replacement features during import.

The first method that comes to mind is to save the document as HTML. Which gives code like this:

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">

<HTML>
<HEAD>

<STYLE TYPE="text/css">
<!--
    @page { margin: 2cm }
    P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm }
    H1 { margin-bottom: 0.21cm }
    H1.western { font-family: "Liberation Serif", serif }
    H1.cjk { font-family: "SimSun" }
    H1.ctl { font-family: "FreeSans" }
    P.indent-first line { text-indent: 0.4cm }
    P.indent-2 { margin-left: 0.6cm }
-->
</STYLE>
</HEAD>
<BODY LANG="en-EN" DIR="LTR">

<H1 CLASS="western">Immigration Law Service, 2d </H1>
<P STYLE="margin-left: 0.40cm">Chapter 1.</P>
<P STYLE="margin-left: 0.60cm">Summary</P>
# above is using indentation via rulers, beneath is using styles #
<P CLASS="indent-first line">I. Background History and Records</P>
<P CLASS="indent-2">Research References</P>
<P CLASS="indent-2">A. America as a Nation of Immigrants</P>


</BODY>
</HTML>

After this you can use Search/Replace in a text editor to replace the entities for spaces, such as:

"<P CLASS="indent-first line">"   for "  " (2 spaces)

If you have defined a simple set of 2-6 indentation types, this should not be too tedious using a "Replace All" command. Then it needs some cleaning (substitute end tags like </P> for newline character) etc. Sometimes care has to be taken not to mess up with encoding and special characters; I think LibreOffice does not convert them to entities IF the HTML file is UTF8 encoded. The replacement process can surely be scripted for longer documents with a shell script, and probably exists somewhere on the web (problem is to find one which does exactly what you want).