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On 05/11/2012 11:01 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)

Recently one of my users thought that if he opened a Pdf in Adobe and then sent the file to anyone else they would see it in Adobe too. He was very worried about using Foxit because he wanted people to still be able to see it in Adobe. I tried showing him the file on an Ubuntu machine so he could see it but of course he was terrified of letting me know where his Adobe file was in case that meant he then wouldn't be able to see it in Adobe or Foxit! He is one of the most technically astute users here. Maybe he was just having a bad-hair day or something. It's really difficult to anticipate people's fears sometimes.
Regards from
Tom :)
Ouch, ouch, ouch.

--- On Fri, 11/5/12, Jay Lozier<>  wrote:

From: Jay Lozier<>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: HOWTO change all-user default file formats (Windows), for 
Date: Friday, 11 May, 2012, 15:44

On 05/11/2012 10:01 AM, Andreas Säger wrote:
Am 11.05.2012 10:47, wrote:
Hi Tom,

Thanks for the quick reply.  I probably wasn't clear enough about the goal being that any users 
added to the machines (post facto) would get MS
default formats without doing (knowing how to do) anything.  (I was recently excoriated by a client 
who had difficulty because her customers couldn't open the .odt's LOo gave her....)

Thanks again,

It is somewhere in the options but you must not do that. Always edit your documents in the native 
ODF format (odt, ods, odp etc) in order to get most of the software and the best conversion results.
Then you call menu:File>Send>"Document As PDF" and everybody will be able to read an exact virtual 
print of your document since everybody has some PDF reading software on any computer platform.

*If and only if* you need to co-edit some document with users of Microsoft Office you call 
menu:File>Send>"Document AS MS ..." which keeps your ODF document while attaching a MS version to 
an email.
Next time you get mailed the next version of some MS file open that file and save your copy in 
native ODF in your own working directory.
In this scenario you have to strictly avoid the new OOXML document formats (docx, xlsx and pptx). 
LibreOffice stores well formed documents in the older doc/xls/ppt formats while these formats are 
fully supported by MS office. The conversion to doc/xls/ppt works best when it is done in one go. 
Working in foreign file formats (saving as doc every few minutes) may cumulate conversion flaws.

Hope this helps.

I think the problem is the users do not understand "Save As" will allow them to save in different format. 
Thus the problem of file default file settings for LO with some users. I have worked with people who have never 
understood what "Save As" does in any program not just LO. Thus they have no idea that are different file 
formats for the same type of file (document, photo, video, audio, etc.). Thus setting LO (or any other application) to 
a preferred setting for these users must done even if it is not the best practice.

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