Feature request #4358

Implement an item "tree" for composers

Added by Thaddeus - over 5 years ago. Updated almost 3 years ago.

Status:Closed
Priority:Low
Assignee:Nyall Dawson
Category:Map Composer/Printing
Pull Request or Patch supplied:No Resolution:
Easy fix?:No

Description

I was trying to hide from printing/exporting a label by sending it to back, but now I cannot figure out how to bring it back to the front because it's unselected and hiding behind a few map and image objects. Selecting objects at the front and sending them to the back until the wanted object appears is not a practical option: maybe I'm missing something ?

Inkscape_ClickOnXMLeditor.png (79 KB) Thaddeus -, 10/07/2011 08:34 AM

Inkscape_ClickOnObjec.png (79.6 KB) Thaddeus -, 10/07/2011 08:35 AM

Scribus_EnforcingUniqueObjectName.png (42.1 KB) Thaddeus -, 10/07/2011 08:35 AM

Scribus_ClickOnOutlinePalette.png (64.1 KB) Thaddeus -, 10/07/2011 08:36 AM

Scribus_ClickOnYellowTriangle.png (64.1 KB) Thaddeus -, 10/07/2011 08:36 AM

CAD_SelectCycleOn.png (5.43 KB) Thaddeus -, 10/07/2011 08:36 AM

Associated revisions

Revision aaa2fcf4
Added by Nyall Dawson over 3 years ago

[feature] CTRL-click in composer to select items below other items (fix #4358)

Revision 4506b815
Added by Nyall Dawson almost 3 years ago

[FEATURE][composer] Implement an item tree panel for composer windows
(fix #4358). Allows for selection of items, hiding/showing items,
toggling lock status of items and double-clicking to edit item id.

History

#1 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 5 years ago

  • Resolution set to invalid
  • Status changed from Open to Closed

It is a "classical" way handle objects, the one used by powerpoint/impress for example. I can't see here a bug nor a feature request. If you have a clear idea on how to improve object handling please reopen the ticket, and eventually evaluate to support the development of the feature you are requesting.

#2 Updated by Nathan Woodrow over 5 years ago

I would say one way to handle this would be to have a tree list like in Qt Designer that shows you the controls that you can pick and bring it forward or back.

#3 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 5 years ago

  • Resolution deleted (invalid)
  • Status changed from Closed to Open
  • Assignee set to Marco Hugentobler
  • Priority changed from Normal to Low

New description: I would say one way to handle this would be to have a tree list like in Qt Designer that shows you the controls that you can pick and bring it forward or back.

#4 Updated by Thaddeus - over 5 years ago

A simple Listbox/Dropdown Listbox listing all the objects for selection would do: it better than editing the zValue manually as I'm doing now.

All of the following programs allow selection of the front-most only object when clicking on the main canvas, but offer options as described below.

A known CAD program uses the Ctrl key to cycle through and highlight all items below the cursor: pressing control and leftclick once and enters Cycle mode, release control and subsequent leftclicks cycle through all objects in a loop until rightclick is pressed and then the selection set is created.

Scribus has a more sophisticated object manager: the Outline Pallete. It's a floating/dockable panel or window showing a tree like structure of all objects which have unique names. Any object can be selected here and more.. Control leftclick also cycles through all objects on the cancas, just like the CAD program above.

Inkscape has a XML editor with similar capabilities as Scribus, but also allows one to edit the XML code from inside: very cool. In QGIS I open the QGS file in my Geany text editor and manually change/swap the zValue, save and reopen on QGIS. Also, Alter cycles through all objects in Inkscape.

#9 Updated by Thaddeus - over 5 years ago

#10 Updated by Giovanni Manghi over 5 years ago

  • Target version set to Version 1.7.4

#11 Updated by Giovanni Manghi about 5 years ago

  • Target version changed from Version 1.7.4 to Version 2.0.0

#12 Updated by Pirmin Kalberer over 4 years ago

  • Target version changed from Version 2.0.0 to Future Release - Nice to have

#13 Updated by Nyall Dawson about 4 years ago

  • Target version changed from Future Release - Nice to have to Future Release - High Priority
  • Assignee changed from Marco Hugentobler to Nyall Dawson

#14 Updated by Nyall Dawson about 4 years ago

  • Category changed from 33 to Map Composer/Printing

#15 Updated by Nyall Dawson over 3 years ago

  • Subject changed from Select a Composer Object hiding behind other objects. to Implement an item "tree" for composers

QGIS master now has the ability to select items hiding below other items by ctrl-clicking items. There's also menu items and shortcuts for select next below/above.

However, I think an item tree panel would still be a great addition

#16 Updated by Nyall Dawson over 3 years ago

  • Status changed from Open to Closed

#17 Updated by Nyall Dawson over 3 years ago

Not sure why this auto-closed itself. Can someone with permission reopen this please?

#18 Updated by Jürgen Fischer over 3 years ago

  • Status changed from Closed to Open

#19 Updated by Nyall Dawson almost 3 years ago

  • Status changed from Open to Closed

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