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Hello Regina and Olivier

After reading the information about creating user guides, I decided to use Draw for any additional 
text or graphics that have to be placed on a screenshot. When I wrote LO user guides a few years 
ago, I did not use Draw as I had my own way of doing screenshots.

I am using MacOS for my work on LO user guides.
I take screenshots using Appleā€™s Screenshot app and the screenshot is automatically saved in PNG 
To add text or additional graphics, I opened the PNG file in Draw and added my alterations.
I then saved (exported) the file in PNG format. When I came to use the modified screenshot, I got 
the message in Writer that this was an empty file. The question is what is happening in Draw when 
exporting files without saving in ODG first?
I then tried saving the screenshot in Draw format (ODG). Placing this ODG file directly into the 
Writer document, I got the message that this was an unrecognised format.
I then opened the ODG screenshot in Draw and exported as a new PNG file. This worked and the screen 
shot appeared in Writer.

In my opinion, Draw is not quite finished and does not have 100% compatibility with other LO 
modules. Can someone investigate as I am not a software boffin only a Technical Writer who has 
written on software applications.

I will be updating the Draw User Guide to version 6.4, which may give me a clue as to what is 

Peter Schofield

On 18 Feb 2020, at 13:33, Regina Henschel <> wrote:

Hi Peter,

Peter Schofield schrieb am 18-Feb-20 um 13:01:
I am updating the user guide for Draw to version 6.4 and have come a problem.
LO Writer is not accepting the ODG format as a file. I have tried dropping into a document as 
well as doing a copy and paste, but nothing happens. I also tried importing as an image and I 
get the message that the ODG drawing is not recognised as an image.
My only solution at the moment is to export from Draw in PNG format after saving in ODG format.
Exporting directly from Draw without saving in ODG format produces an empty file.
Anybody know a solution.
I am using LO version

The goal is not clear to me.
If you intend to import a complete ODG file (why?), then it would be only possible as OLE.
If you want to insert single drawings, often simple copy&paste will work. Another method would be 
to drag the drawing into a (new) Gallery theme in Draw and insert it from the Gallery in Writer.

If your drawing in Draw contains several shapes, you might get better results by grouping them.
In case you get distance problems at the edges, include a white rectangle behind the drawing.

Why do you think, using PNG in the guide is not so good?

BTW, I'm currently reviewing the German guide for Draw.

Kind regards

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