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No, it's not just you, at least regarding the Writer module.

The Export to PDF function has been broken for some time, but seems to be
related to the size of the output pdf document (it seems to work just fine
for me on smaller files), but I can't confirm that. I have experienced the
identical problem on several machines with disparate OSs (Windows XP,
Windows Vista, and Ubuntu Linux), and with various versions of Libre Office
(including the latest Windows version 3.4.5), although the symptoms
sometimes vary: every now and then it will politely inform me that Writer
crashed, and then die, but other times Writer just disappears immediately
after a certain point. The bug number for this seems to be 32771, but I
haven't been able to locate any indication that it is recognized by the
developers as an actual bug or that they have confirmed it.

The problem might be exacerbated by the fact that there is another bug -
when restarting Writer (or Office) after an export to pdf crash, a message
box appears to say that the file needs to be recovered (which, thankfully,
has always been successful), and then instructs you that the error report
tool will automatically start, which it never does. As far as I can
determine from poking around, there is no way to start this tool and thus
I'm not sure it even exists, although there are descriptions of how to use
it available on line.

Without being able to use the data supplied by the error reporting tool, it
is likely that there may not be enough information about the pdf generation
failure for the developers to identify what's going wrong. 

I've probably used every version of every word processor since Telewriter-64
and the standalone IBM models in the late 1970s, including all the personal
computer biggies, and finally decided that I was just plain tired of putting
up with Word's constant changes in interface (while maintaining the same
bugs and annoyances) - and paying significant bucks for the privilege.  So I
decided that my current book would be done entirely with open-source stuff -
hence Libre. I sure hope these issues can be addressed.


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