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Embedded Document in Draw

Postby Inspector D » Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:17 pm

I have created some complex process maps and need to embed instructional documents so when the user rolls over the process box the document will appear. Can this be done in Open Office Draw?
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Re: Embedded Document in Draw

Postby acknak » Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:07 am

Greetings and welcome to the community forum!

Sorry, no. Well, not in a way that's likely to work for your situation. The embedded document won't be available in a friendly fashion for people using the map.

First, the user will have to open the map in OO Draw and be confronted by all the complex drawing and editing controls.

Next, the embedded document can't be a simple icon; it has to be present as a full rectangular area in the drawing.

Then, once the user manages to activate the embedded document by double-clicking on it, they have another complete application (OO Writer for an embedded text document) to deal with, but with its working window limited to the sub-window area.

It might work best if you can put the embedded document on its own separate page. That can provide a larger area to display the document.

Another possibility might be to use a hyperlink to the instructional document in a separate file. That works even with exported pdf files, as long as the pdf viewer allows live links and both files are present in the expected locations.
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Re: Embedded Document in Draw

Postby RoryOF » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:37 am

It might be possible using Impress, the presentation application of OpenOffice, which does have the ability to disclose areas of a slide on mouse-over and other selection options. But it would need intensive knowledge of Impress. While Impress is a presentation application and defaults to standard slide formats, the format used can be changed to suit user requirements.
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