[ubuntu-uk] PDFs in LibreOffice on 11.10

Barry Titterton barry.titterton at mail.adsl4less.com
Sun Dec 11 19:55:54 UTC 2011

On Sat, 2011-12-10 at 17:15 +0000, Tony Pursell wrote:
> On 10 December 2011 12:06, Barry Titterton
> <barry.titterton at mail.adsl4less.com> wrote:
>         I am unable to open or import PDF files in LibreOffice on
>         11.10. Can
>         someone else with 11.10 please tell me if they have the same
>         problem?
> Hi Barry
> As far as I know LibreOffice does not import PDFs, although I did try
> an extension for OpenOffice.org that would import PDFs into Draw, but
> it was a rather poor result.
> If you can tell me how you are trying to do this in LO or how it
> worked in 11.04 (ie what part of LO, what commands you use, etc), I
> might be able to help you.  However the best way of getting PDFs into
> LO or OOo that I know off is a package called OCRFeeder.  This can
> load a PDF, 'scan' it using OCR technology, then output in .odt
> format.  Between scanning and output you can clean the file up, delete
> unwanted parts, etc.  It is in the Software Centre.  Why not download
> it and give it a try.
> Tony
Hi Tony,

You will see from another reply on the mailing list that there is an
extension for Libreoffice that you can install in 11.10 using Synaptic.
It works by right clicking on the PDF and choosing Open In Draw. You can
then clean up the image and save it in a Writer friendly format. This is
similar to the extension that is standard in Openoffice, although the
Openoffice version allows you to import PDF files directly into Writer
using Insert > File...

I tried the OCRFeeder but the results were worse than the Libreoffice
extension and much slower to generate.

Barry T

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