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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 119178] New: Reactivate old Fontwork feature under the correct name (Text on curve) and better UI
Date Tue, 03 Apr 2012 15:33:03 GMT

             Bug #: 119178
        Issue Type: DEFECT
           Summary: Reactivate old Fontwork feature under the correct name
                    (Text on curve) and better UI
    Classification: Application
           Product: Drawing
           Version: OOo 3.4 Beta
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: All
            Status: CONFIRMED
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P3
         Component: editing

ALG: The often underestimated old feature Fontwork is extremely hidden
nowadays, mainly because it always was misunderstood and underestimated, but
also because a new Fontwork feature compatible with MS was introduced in newer
versions. Reasons mainly lie in a very bad dialog which makes most people
misuse the feature by applying one of the old defaults at the top of that

To use the dialog:

- Click on the rightmost element of a toolbar of your choice to make the
toolbar menu visible, choose 'Customize toolbar...'
- In the Customize dialog, click on 'Add'
- Choose Category 'Format' and Commands 'Fontwork', click 'Add' and 'Close',
click OK in the Customize dialog

To apply it:
Draw a line (or any shape with polygon geometry) and add text. Select it and
click on the 'Fontwork' button. A dialog comes up. Do NOT use the upper default
patters (these are the reason the feature was widely not understood), but use
everything below it. Klick 'Rotate' to make your text follow the geometry of
the line. You can choose various kinds how the text follows the line, the
distance, sizes, shadows, colors, etc.

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