Daniel A. Rodriguez wrote (12-04-11 11:32)
Mail Merge becomes a necessary tool in many cases and not always is
used to create a letter or email as the wizard says. I think achieving
the mentioned task using LibreOffice needs to be a easier.
That's why I'd like to propose:
* Rename: As the name seems to condition the application
functionality, DataMerge or InfoMerge would be more appropriate and
provides the idea of greater functionality.
No opinion yet, sorry.
* Advanced Editing: If I'm not writing a letter, why should I assign
fields? an option to skip the wizard and include fields manually would
Already is there: drag the header of a column from a table in the datasource
window (F4) or use Insert>Fields>More ... tab Database.
Yes, but I need to get to step 6 to do so. An option to avoid the
wizard in step 3 could prevent this.
No, both possibilities work without the wizard.
Furthermore, the last step of the wizard saves the merged document.
What happens if I need to edit base document for any omission? Or
change the location of the fields?
Most easy for me always is:
- create document/template
- add fields (see my tips above)
- start the wizard and step to 8 immediately.
Have document and/or data changed? Just the Wizard and step 8 do the job.
All this I have raised are issues that arise in the school where I
work, where teachers are comfortable using MSOffice.
Ah, great task for you to make them learn the advantages of the
LibreOffice way ;-) :
No need to link documents to sources. Just drag the fields from the
datasource in. Of have a textblock (autotext) with fields ..
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