Fit text to cell

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Fit text to cell

Post by wbrells » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:22 pm

I'm using a Python program to generate a DOCX file that contains a multi-page table of names and addresses. Some entries are too long to fit within a table cell so I'm (programmatically) using Word's "fit to cell" option to shrink text appropriately to make everything fit. The resulting DOCX file looks fine when I examine it with Word 2007, but with TextMaker 2018 the over-length text is not being compressed and flows over to the next line - not good! INTERESTINGLY, all is well if I read the original program-generated DOCX file with Word 2007 and then save it under a new name (but still in DOCX format). This saved file is about 25% larger than the original DOCX file but the compressed entries are now fine in both Word 2007 and in TextMaker 2018.

I'm not sure what to make of this behavior, but at least there is a workaround to get "fit to text" working in TextMaker 2018. It would be nice, though, if I did not need Word 2007 to create a file that works correctly with TextMaker. Any thoughts/comments would be welcome!

Wayne

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Re: Fit text to cell

Post by sven-l » Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:16 pm

Please attach a sample docx file or send it to forum(at)softmaker.com.
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Re: Fit text to cell

Post by wbrells » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:55 am

I'm sorry for not responding earlier, but it took a little time to generate a small test DOCX file with names and addresses obscured. In any case, please examine the attached DOCX file with MS Word and notice on Page 3 the fit-to-cell entries of PAT: and PHYL:. Now take a look at the same file with TextMaker and notice that those entries are "full size" and overflow the cell. However, if you save the file as a new DOCX file using MS Word that new file will:

1) Be somewhat larger
2) Will be correct when opened with TextMaker

As I mentioned, it would be convenient if TextMaker displayed the original DOCX file appropriately...

Thanks,

Wayne
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Re: Fit text to cell

Post by sven-l » Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:16 pm

Thank you! I can now reproduce that issue here and will inform the developers.
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Re: Fit text to cell

Post by wbrells » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:58 am

Sven,

Unfortunately, the latest service pack does NOT seem to have fixed this "Fit text to cell" problem. Can you check with the developers and make sure they are - hopefully - working on a fix?

Thanks,
Wayne

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Re: Fit text to cell

Post by sven-l » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:22 pm

What you are requesting is not a bug but a missing feature. I put it on the wish list.
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Re: Fit text to cell

Post by wbrells » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:25 pm

I only considered this a "bug" since a particular DOCX file is displayed differently in Textmaker than in Word 2007. Since TextMaker doesn't seem to support the "Fit text to cell", I guess my comments could be considered a request for an enhancement. However, since TextMaker does allow character pitch and spacing to be adjusted it would seem that it should be able to "translate" Word's "Fit text to cell" option into the appropriate character spacing option(s)....

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Re: Fit text to cell

Post by wbrells » Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:05 pm

Just checking to see if there has been any progress on adding the 'fit to cell' option to FreeOffice and/or Softmaker Office? This feature has been in Word for a long time, and it is EXTREMELY useful when text MUST be confined to a single line of a table cell.... Thanks!

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Re: Fit text to cell

Post by miguel-c » Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:54 pm

Sorry, there are no developments yet on that feature request.

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