apso alternative script organizer for python APSO - Alternative Script Organizer for Python

Based on an original script from Hanya, APSO will install a macro organizer dedicated to python scripts.

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Description

APSO is compatible with OpenOffice

Based on an original script from Hanya, APSO is an extension that will install a macro organizer dedicated to python scripts.

Prerequisite

On some systems (like Ubuntu), the python script provider for LibreOffice is only available as a separate package (see here).

Features

  • localisation (by now EN, DE, FR, IT, HU thanks to Tibor Kovács, NL thanks to Dick Groskamp, ES thanks to Francisco Gracia, JA thanks to Nogajun and PT thanks to Rafael Lima)
  • embedding scripts in or extracting them from documents
  • binding the extension with one's favorite code editor (thanks to another script from Hanya, see Options below)
  • quick edition of embedded scripts (but only in the context of the APSO extension*)
  • integrated gui debugger
  • interactive python interpreter
  • automatic update once installed

(* Changes will only be kept if APSO is either opened or closed after last save.)

How it works

APSO adds a new element Organize python scripts under menu Tools/Macros with default shortcut Alt+Shift+F11:

 

 

This new item or shortcut opens a dialog box that lists all python scripts and provides various actions:

 

The Execute  button launches the selected macro. Actions available under Menu button change according to the selection:

  • create module or library if selection is a container (My Macros, Office Macros or document)
  • Edit, rename, delete a module or library
  • Embed module from application (My Macros or Office Macros) into current document
  • Substitute an embedded module with an external file
  • Export an embedded module

Helpers

APSO comes with a small library apso_utils that contains some helpers for debugging purpose during macro writing. These helpers are four functions named msgbox, xray, mri and console and can be imported by a classic import statement like from apso_utils import msgbox

function description
msgbox

Like the oobasic build-in function msgbox, but simplified as only intended for quick debugging.

Signature: msgbox(message, title='Message', boxtype='message', buttons=1, win=None)

xray

Launches the introspection tool Xray by Bernard Marcelly (must be installed first)

Signature: xray(obj)

mri

Launches the introspection tool MRI by Hanya (must be installed first)

Signature: mri(target)

console

Emulates, as close as possible, the python interactive shell. What one can do with such a tool:
- interact directly with a document and test "live" the methods of the uno api (maybe also useful for other languages, such basic);
- quickly verify python expressions in the context of the embedded interpreter;
- display the output of a script running in parallel or started from the shell (all modules visible from the office program can be imported);
- debug a script using pdb's runcall function (will not work with scripts embedded in documents);
- get quick info on any function using the builtin help() command;
- explore living uno objects with introspection tools such as MRI or Xray (if installed);
- ...

Signature: console(**kwargs), where optional kwargs are intended to overwrite default gui values (BACKGROUND, FOREGROUND...) or to pass caller's locales and/or globals to the console context.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Example

from apso_utils import console, msgbox, mri, xray
def testhelpers():
    # console()
    # console(BACKGROUND=0x0, FOREGROUND=0xFFFFFF)
    loc = locals()
    loc.update(globals())
    console(loc=loc)

    doc = XSCRIPTCONTEXT.getDocument()
    # xray(doc)
    msgbox(doc.Title)
    mri(doc)

Only the console macro is accessible outside an APSO instance. If someone wants to import the module apso_utils independently of APSO, he has to force that instanciation:
def entryfunc(event=None):
    ctx = XSCRIPTCONTEXT.getComponentContext()
    ctx.ServiceManager.createInstance("apso.python.script.organizer.impl")
    # now we can import apso_utils library
    from apso_utils import console
    console()

Integreted debugger

The debugger can be launched from the Apso "Menu" button when a function is selected in the main window.

Once the debugger opened, one can execute the code step by step, enter any called function, return to the caller, etc.

Break points are not supported, but you can jump ahead by double clicking any line below the current one within the same function.

You can check any caller state and scope by double clicking it in the "Stack" window (bottom left). If you have MRI or Xray installed, you can inspect any UNO variables by double clicking it in the "Scope" window (bottom right).

When you open a console window from the tool bar, the global and local scope will be automatically loaded.

If you edit the script while the debugger is running, changes will be taken in account after clicking "Restart".

The debugger uses the font name and height defined for the Basic IDE.

The debugger is still not fully localised

APSO Options

The extension option page is available under Tools -> Extension Manager -> APSO -> Options.
By default, APSO uses the system defined editor. To edit scripts with a specific editor, provide the executable full path in the "Editor" field. Some MacOS editors seem to behave differently; if you encounter any problem, please refer to this post in the French OpenOffice/LibreOffice forum.
To allow the opening at a given line and column offset when relevant, enter in the "Options" field the command line syntax corresponding to the choosen editor, using the placeholders {FILENAME}, {ROW} and {COL} (they will be replaced in due time).
Example for Emacs: +{ROW}:{COL} {FILENAME}.
Example for Sublime Text: {FILENAME}:{ROW}:{COL}.

 

Three advanced options are available in the Expert configuration section of LibreOffice (menu Tools -> Options -> LibreOffice -> Advanced):

  • SaveLastScript, if true, keeps history of the last run script (added in 1.3.0);
  • SaveTreeState, if true, keeps history of all expanded nodes on last run script (added in 1.3.0);
  • UnloadChildOnCollapse, if true, collapses the requested node and all its children; if false, collapses only the requested node (added in 1.3.0);

Homepage: https://gitlab.com/jmzambon/apso

Repository: https://gitlab.com/jmzambon/apso

Release List

Release Description Compatibility Operating Systems License Release notes   v1.3.2 New translation, enchancements and bug fixes 3.4 Linux, Windows, macOS AL

[1.3.2]
- Translate APSO to Portuguese, thanks to Rafael Lima [#33]
- Add logging mode (bêta).
- Fix error when history refers to an inactive document provider.
- Code enhancements.

[1.3.1]
- [Debugger] Fix issue in selected default fixed font.

[1.3.0]
- Add context menu (issue #22).
- Add two options to keep tree state and to collapse childs on parent collapsing (issue #23).
WARNING: user upgrading from 1.2.x will have to re-enter his preferences in Apso option dialog.
- Add shortcut Ctrl+Enter (Cmd+Enter on Mac) to collapse node, alongside with left arrow (compare with Enter/right arrow).
- Add menu item icon.
- Small fixes.

Download v1.2.8 Bug fix and small enhancement. 3.4 Linux, Windows, macOS AL

- The console() method now retuns a reference to the console object, allowing to close programmaticaly the console window by invoking its enddialog() method (issue #21).
- Fix issue #20 "LibreOffice freezes on some linux configurations".

Download 1.2.7 Minor improvements 3.4 Linux, Windows, macOS AL

Make node sorting locale aware.

Minor improvements and bug fixes

Download 1.2.6.2 Add custom content of any new module 3.4 Linux, Windows, macOS AL

The default header lines, inserted at creation of a new module, can now be customized from the option dialog.

This release also fixes a bug in the option dialog, where the "back" button had no effect, and translates to english remaining french argument names.

It also fixes a bunch of non blocking errors, with the help of Mike Kaganski.

external link 1.2.5 Add Japanese language, thanks to Nogajun contribution. 3.4 Linux, Windows, macOS AL external link 1.2.4 Add Spanish language 4.4 Linux, Windows, macOS AL

Translated by Francisco Gracia.

Thanks to him. Gracias a el.

external link 1.2.3 Clean up debugger and apso_utils code. 3.4 Linux, Windows, macOS AL
Fix a bug under OpenOffice, where splitter windows weren't
properly closed on debug window closing, causing program crash.
Other code clean up.
external link 1.2.2 Minor bug fixes. 3.4 Linux, Windows, macOS AL

Move exposed functions (by now just "console") to a dedicated folder, apart from apso_utils module (v1.2.2.0).

Change call to Mri in debugger (v1.2.2.1).

Fix two minor bugs:

- XSCRIPTCONTEXT global variable is sometime inconsistent in the console (v1.2.2.0)

- "console" function was no more available outside APSO (v1.2.2.0)

 

 

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external link 1.2.1 New integrated debugger tool and minor bug fixes in module and library naming. 3.4 Linux, Windows, macOS AL

The debugger can be launched from the Apso "Menu" button when a function is selected in the main window.

Once the debuuger opened, one can execute the code step by step, enter any called function, return to the caller, etc.

Break points are not supported, but you can jump ahead by double clicking any line below the current one within the same function.

You can check any caller state and scope by double clicking it in the "Stack" window (bottom left). If you have MRI or Xray installed, you can inspect any UNO variables by double clicking it in the "Scope" window (bottom right).

When you open a console window from the tool bar, the global and local scope will be automatically loaded.

If you edit the script while the debugger is running, changes will be taken in account after clicking "Restart".

The debugger uses the font name and height defined for the Basic IDE.

The debugger is still not fully localised

Apso debugger screenshot

external link 1.2.0 New integrated debugger tool and minor bug fixes in module and library naming. 3.4 Linux, Windows, macOS AL

The debugger can be launched from the Apso "Menu" button when a function is selected in the main window.

Once the debuuger opened, one can execute the code step by step, enter any called function, return to the caller, etc.

Break points are not supported, but you can jump ahead by double clicking any line below the current one within the same function.

You can check any caller state and scope by double clicking it in the "Stack" window (bottom left). If you have MRI or Xray installed, you can inspect any UNO variables by double clicking it in the "Scope" window (bottom right).

When you open a console window from the tool bar, the global and local scope will be automatically loaded.

If you edit the script while the debugger is running, changes will be taken in account after clicking "Restart".

The debugger uses the font name and height defined for the Basic IDE.

The debugger is still not fully localised

Apso debugger screenshot

external link 1.1.4 Code fixing and cleaning 3.4 Linux, Windows, macOS AL external link 1.1.2 New console tool (see Menu button).
Code clean up.
4.0 Linux, Windows, macOS AL external link 1.0.2 Bug fixes 4.0 Linux, Windows, macOS AL

Fix a bug where APSO was not able to launch from a database subdocument (base form, query wizard...).

Fix some other small bugs.

external link 1.0.0 First official release 5.0 Linux, Windows, macOS AL

See main description page for more details.

Tested on LibreOffice 5.x and OpenOffice 4.x. But should work on previous versions.

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  • Zafar Minhas Feb 5, 2024, 7:46 AM (4 months ago)

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    1.3.2 works fine. However when i updated to 1.3.3 I get the following when trying to edit python code:

    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File "C:\Users\tminh\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\4\user\uno_packages\cache\uno_packages\lu1144ct9h4a.tmp_\apso.oxt\python\apso.py", line 926, in exec_edit
    open_script(self.settings, url, lineno, 0)
    File "C:\Users\tminh\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\4\user\uno_packages\cache\uno_packages\lu1144ct9h4a.tmp_\apso.oxt\python\apso.py", line 91, in open_script
    opendefaulteditor(uno.fileUrlToSystemPath(url))
    File "C:\Users\tminh\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\4\user\uno_packages\cache\uno_packages\lu1144ct9h4a.tmp_\apso.oxt\python\apso.py", line 102, in opendefaulteditor
    sub_call(('xdg-open', filepath))
    File "C:\Program Files\LibreOffice\program\python-core-3.8.18\lib\subprocess.py", line 340, in call
    with Popen(*popenargs, **kwargs) as p:
    File "C:\Program Files\LibreOffice\program\python-core-3.8.18\lib\subprocess.py", line 858, in __init__
    self._execute_child(args, executable, preexec_fn, close_fds,
    File "C:\Program Files\LibreOffice\program\python-core-3.8.18\lib\subprocess.py", line 1327, in _execute_child
    hp, ht, pid, tid = _winapi.CreateProcess(executable, args,
    FileNotFoundError: [WinError 2] The system cannot find the file specified

    • Zafar Minhas Feb 5, 2024, 7:47 AM (4 months ago)

      Here is my version:
      Version: 24.2.0.3 (X86_64) / LibreOffice Community
      Build ID: da48488a73ddd66ea24cf16bbc4f7b9c08e9bea1
      CPU threads: 4; OS: Windows 10.0 Build 19045; UI render: Skia/Raster; VCL: win
      Locale: en-US (en_US); UI: en-US
      Calc: CL threaded

  • Paul Beyard Mar 4, 2023, 2:35 AM (16 months ago)

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    In 'My Macros' I created a library and inside that a Module and inside that some functions. I have discovered that I cannot 'import' the module and use the functions unless I completely close my database (.odb file) and reopen it, which is tedious. I use Geany to edit. Does anyone else see this behavior and know how to get APSO to save the code properly so that it can be used right away? Or is this not possible?

    • Jean-Marc Zambon Jul 12, 2023, 6:04 PM (11 months ago)

      Hi,

      External modules must be place in a forlder named "pythonpath" alongside the main module. This is a LibreOffice feature, not an Apso limitation.
      If you modify an external module, it must be reloaded from the main code.

      • Jean-Marc Zambon Jul 12, 2023, 6:05 PM (11 months ago)

        https://help.libreoffice.org/7.5/en-US/text/sbasic/python/python_import.html?&DbPAR=SHARED&System=UNIX

  • Marrou Bertrand Dec 14, 2022, 12:30 PM (18 months ago)

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    J'ai installé APSO sur libreoffice de ma distribution Linux Mageia.
    Depuis, libreoffice plante au démarrage.
    Je peux démarrer le "libre office start center" mais lorsque j'accède au menu Outils - Gestionnaire des extensions. Désintallation et réinstallation de LO n'a rien changé.
    Je vais réinstaller Mageia !!!

    • Jean-Marc Zambon Jul 12, 2023, 6:01 PM (11 months ago)

      Bonjour,

      Ce n'est évidemment pas normal, mais difficile de vous aider sans avoir plus de détails.
      Inutile de réinstaller Mageia, il suffit en principe juste de supprimer votre profil LibreOffice.

  • Jacob Wikner Nov 14, 2022, 10:00 PM (19 months ago)

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    Is it supported by more recent versions of libreoffice and if so - how is it installed? (Ubuntu 22.10, Libreoffice 7.4.2.3)

    • Jean-Marc Zambon Jul 12, 2023, 5:59 PM (11 months ago)

      It works fine with last 7.5 LibreOffice.
      You install it from the Extension Manager, as any else extension (see https://help.libreoffice.org/7.5/en-US/text/shared/01/packagemanager.html#hd_id3895382).

  • Maurice Darr Oct 21, 2022, 2:26 PM (20 months ago)

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    when I try to edit a python script all I get is a flash of a new command window trying to open and failing. Debug works fine and python shell work fine.
    Is there a configuration step I am missing?

    • Jean-Marc Zambon Jul 12, 2023, 5:57 PM (11 months ago)

      Hi Maurice,

      Can you provide more info about your environment (LibO version, Apso version, OS...)?
      And also how are defined your Apso options?

  • Leandro de Oliveira Sep 22, 2021, 8:48 PM (3 years ago)

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    It works fine. I use Notepad++ as my IDE for python programming, and when I click edit it opens right in Notepad++. Thanks for the authors!

    LO v7.2.1.2 x64
    Windows 7

    • Jean-Marc Zambon Jan 3, 2022, 4:24 PM (2 years ago)

      Thanks a lot for your feedback :).

  • The Base Aug 26, 2021, 7:38 AM (3 years ago)

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    When using Apso 1.2.8. the standard HelloWorld gives me the following reference error https://imgbox.com/RkQTifNV Please advise howto proceed.

    • Jean-Marc Zambon Jan 3, 2022, 4:24 PM (2 years ago)

      Hi The Base,

      It works fine for me. Could you give more info about your environment (OS, LibO version, etc.).
      Thanks.

  • Patrick Rippes Oct 2, 2020, 1:34 PM (4 years ago)

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    comment télécharger apso

    • jmzambon Nov 1, 2020, 5:58 PM (4 years ago)

      Hi,

      Just click on the first "External link" button in the release list above.

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