Export Resolution

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Specification to Increase Export Bitmap Resolution

Specification Status
Author Stephen Redmond
Last Change
Status (Help) Preliminary


OpenOffice Draw currently exports all bitmap file formats in 96 DPI resolution. This resolution is insufficient for use with bitmap editors or for printing. Since a vector editor like OO Draw cannot perform free-hand paint operations (eg. random airbrushing, erasing, etc) the images it produces are necessarily very limited in scope. Simple object gradients do not replace this need.

The purpose of any export function is to allow integration with other programs. True integration would allow a user to compose, size, and maintain a vector quality drawing in OoDraw, and yet export an instance of it for specialized freehand manipulations by a bitmap editor in a final presentation graphic.

This specification would increase exportable resolution to a maximum of 600 DPI, for a maximum file size to accommodate the US Letter and A4 formats.


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Product Requirement, RFE, Issue ID (required) [available] Issue # 4499, also issues:

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Acronyms and Abbreviations

Acronym / Abbreviation Definition




US Letter size

A4 size

Dots per inch. A standard resolution descriptor in printer specifications and bitmap programs. eg. 100, 150, 200, 300 DPI

Dots per centimeter. Informational, but not standardized in printer or scanner resolution conventions.

A non-dimensional discreet graphic element.

8.5 x 11 inches, 216 x 280 mm

210 x 297 mm, 8.3 x 11.7 in

Detailed Specification

  1. Maintain the present default of 96 DPI for file exports.
  2. Offer additional user selectable resolutions of 150 DPI, 200 DPI, 300 DPI and 600 DPI for document sizes up to US Letter and A4.
  3. Force documents larger than USL and A4 to export at the default (96 DPI) resolution.
  4. Input the user's resolution preference in the main Format menu via an item labeled “Export Resolution...”


  • Export Resolution window provides the following:
    • Resolution (DPI) --input field – choices for: 96, 150, 200, 300, 600
    • Resolution (Dpcm) -- calculated field for display only
    • Pixels (Horiz.) -- calculated for display
    • Pixels (Vert.) -- calculated for display
    • Image size (uncompressed) -- calculated for display
    • Default -- (button) --> resets Resolution to 96 DPI

Tests prior to export

  • IF Paper width not > 8.5” (US Letter)
  • OR Paper height not > 11.7” (A4)
  • THEN export at user defined resolution
  • ELSE export at default resolution

Maximum Image Size

  • 5100 x 7020 pixels

Variable Use and Maintenance

  • The export resolution variable is not saved in the main document file. It is only retained during the document session.
  • This specification does not require providing user definable default resolution in the global Tools>Options settings.


The only change for this specification is the addition of a menu item, and a temporary variable, not attached to the drawing (.odg) file or the Office program global settings.


There is no permanent global configuration setting for the export resolution variable.

File Format

  • The resolution variable acts globally across export bitmap file formats
  • The main drawing file (.odg) does not include the export resolution variable during a save, and is therefore unaltered in format.

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