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Re: [opensuse] Commercial office suites for Linux?
  • From: C <smaug42@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2012 22:29:39 +0100
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On Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 21:59, Dennis Gallien <dwgallien@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
The Open File dialog box pull down has a PDF option in the list.

But if I'm understanding this correctly, the pdf has had to have been saved as
a hybrid file for this to work.  That's a great capability, but Word users in
the Windows world?  - we get pdf's all the time created by Word that we have
to manually duplicate the text from.  I tried editing the pdf imported into
Draw, and that's unnaceptable.  Maybe I'm missing something . . .

The PDF has to be explicitly created as a HybridPDF for the
functionality to work. A standard PDF is just a PDF without any
embedded source document.... as far as I know, MS Office and the
Acrobat printer drive don't (yet?) support creating or editing Hybrid
PDFs. It is a part of the PDF ISO standard, so it's not just some
invention or hack with OOo/LibO.

When you're working on PDFs you've received from customers, you can
use tools like pdftk (and the pdftk-qgui) to manipulate vanilla PDFs.
There is also pdfedit (dependent on qt3, but you can install that in
openSUSE 12.1.. I haven't seen any negative effects so far from doing
that) which gives you the ability to fully edit and manipulate PDF
contents. If the text in the PDF is real text and not scanned text,
you can even export the raw text and then open that in LibO/OOo to do
whatever editing you need - beats copy/pasting page by page.

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