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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:42 am    Post subject: Protect template elements? Reply with quote

I want to make a template for my company.
I don't want people to be able to change a few elements in the template, so parts of it should be off-limits (read only), but the rest they should be able to fill with text etc.

Honestly, I was certain this was well within the scope of a template, but now I'm not so sure as I can't figure out how to do it, and googling just takes me to tutorials about creating ordinary ott-files which anyone can change...

Is it possible?
If there's a simple solution I apologize that I didn't look hard enough for it!

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put those things in text frames, protected (by password, to make sure no one can edit).

Does this help?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

probe1 wrote:
Put those things in text frames, protected (by password, to make sure no one can edit).

Does this help?


In theory, that sounds just like what I was looking for.
However I'm still looking for a menu item or toolbar icon that says "protect" or something when I have a text frame selected...

Ooo 3.0.1 on Ubuntu 8.10, by the way.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

grenness wrote:
probe1 wrote:
Put those things in text frames, protected (by password, to make sure no one can edit).

In theory, that sounds just like what I was looking for.
However I'm still looking for a menu item or toolbar icon that says "protect" or something when I have a text frame selected...

Sorry, I found it - but only when I created a new frame.
Maybe the other one wasn't a frame after all.

Thanks, I think I will solve this now!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

probe1 wrote:
Put those things in text frames, protected (by password, to make sure no one can edit).

OK, so I have put all the items I want protected in different text frames, and selected to have contents, position, size protected.
But how do I password protect this?
The only password protection I know is the one that doesn't let you open the document or template at all without entering the correct password.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 26, 2009 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

grenness wrote:
OK, so I have put all the items I want protected in different text frames, and selected to have contents, position, size protected.
But how do I password protect this?

Help...

I mean, what's the point in "protecting" text frames (and images), when anyone opening my template can just doubleclick on the text frame border and uncheck the protection?
Surely there must be a way to really protect the template from tampering?

This is a letter template.
It has our company logo in the top left corner, which I want to have protected from the users.
Same goes for our address info in the top right corner - a text frame.
The 'body' of the page is free to edit for all.
The footer, on the other hand, is yet another text frame with more info about us - not to be tampered with.
If I save the template with a password, noone except me can open it at all - not a good thing for a company template... Wink
I can't find anywhere else where I can password protect the 'protected' items.
Am I the only one wanting to make a template with these features?

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christopher,

I'm really sorry ... didn't meant text frames, I meant Insert>SECTION....
You can define a password there to protect the whole section.

OK?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 1:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

probe1 wrote:
I'm really sorry ... didn't meant text frames, I meant Insert>SECTION....
You can define a password there to protect the whole section.


Ah, ok.
But it doesn't seem to help me much after all - it looks to me that a section is far less flexible than a frame. A frame I can move around, but a section looks to be highly connected to the page "body".

I'm about to give up...

If only I could be able to password protect a frame, everything would be perfect.
Anyone up for a hack..? Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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But it doesn't seem to help me much after all - it looks to me that a section is far less flexible than a frame.
You can get a bit more flexibility by inserting a section within a frame.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JohnV wrote:
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But it doesn't seem to help me much after all - it looks to me that a section is far less flexible than a frame.
You can get a bit more flexibility by inserting a section within a frame.

Yes, but apparently it doesn't help much that the section is password protected, as long as nothing stops me from deleting the frame it's in...

I just tried that. Created a frame. Placed the frame just where I wanted it on the page. Then created a section within it. Everything good this far. Filled the section with the static text I want on every letter going out of my company. Then password protected the section, and then protected the size, content and position of the frame.

Problem is, nothing stops me from then un-protecting the frame, and then move it around, change the size of it or delete it all together...

Thanks for the tip, though.
Close, but no cigar Wink At least not the cigar I was looking for Smile

Christopher
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about turning it around?

I don't have time to test it now, but I noticed there are some options to make frames editable in a read-only document.
Could I create a document with frames only where the contents of the documents goes, and put my static info, logos, etc elsewhere, and save it all as read-only but allow for editing text in the main frame?

Does anyone understand what I mean..?

Sort of like a read-only pdf form, where I'm not allowed to edit anything besides the form fields where I can put my answers, and I have to Save As if I want to save it.

~Christopher
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