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OpenOffice PDF Import Extension

The famous OpenOffice PDF Importer Extension is now available in beta form for 3.0, announces Erwin Tenhumberg (among others).

From its home on the extensions website: “The PDF Import Extension allows modifying existing PDF files for which the original source files do not exist anymore. PDF documents are imported in Draw and Impress to preserve the layout and to allow basic editing. It is the perfect solution for changing dates, numbers or small portions of text.”

Not all features are complete yet, but this is a major step forward in providing very useful capabilities to OOo users.

Erwin also highlights the cool Hybrid PDF capability it provides, and which I’ve written about recently:

“Once the extension is installed, the PDF export feature shows a new option at the bottom as well. With the Sun PDF Import Extension, allows creating so-called “hybrid files”. These are PDF files that also include the ODF content, i.e. the original source document. As a consequence, everybody can view these hybrid files with a simple PDF viewer. However, users can also edit these PDF files without any information loss, since will simple recognize and open the ODF content instead of trying to import the PDF information.”

One Response to “OpenOffice PDF Import Extension”

  1. cjw Says:
    June 27th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I have installed the pdf import extension.

    The import seems to produce a Draw document and contains the whole file.

    The problem is that although the styles used are listed, all objects, when clicked, report having the Default Style.

    Is this what I should expect?


    Colin W.