Contribution to Impress media controls

barraq dev at
Wed Mar 26 01:36:09 PDT 2014

Hello there,

I contact you as a teaching assistant from the Ensimag software engineering
school from Grenoble, France.
Each year, our 2nd year students are contributing to open-source projects
(usually by groups of 4 students) like Firefox, Git. This year we are
interested to contribute to LibreOffice, and more particularly to Impress.

Many teachers, from primary schools to universities, are using presentation
softwares as support for their lectures. While many of them are using free
and open-source softwares like LibreOffice Impress some of them are still
using Microsoft Office PowerPoint. After asking PowerPoint users why they
were still using this proprietary software we found that the recurring
answer was: “With Impress I cannot control efficiently my video and sound
medias like I do with PowerPoint”. Indeed, a central feature for teachers,
mostly in elementary school, is to be able to control animated media like
short videos or sounds. In short they need to:

    - have multiple video/audio media on the same slide,
    - be able to play, pause, stop video/audio media,
    - be able to go scroll back and forth the audio/video media
    - choose a thumbnail for audio / poster frame for the video media

Few weeks ago we posted an issue on
( to report this request.

I would like this year to have a group of students to work on this ‘media
control’ feature. For that I would like to discuss about that with the
developer community (you guys). It would be awesome to have a referent
developer actively involved in Impress to be in contact with the students
and provide insights on how to address this improvement.


Rémi Barraquand, Phd
VP of Engineering at Carnot-LSI
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