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LibreOffice allows graphics to have placeholders in case rendering such takes a lot of time when scrolling. Maybe yours are turned off. Try Tools -> Options -> LibreOffice Writer -> View Under "Display", there should be a checkbox titled "Graphics and objects". Make sure this is checked.
Hope this helps.
Girvin Herr

David Ronis wrote:
When I open the PDF file and try to export it, all I see are graphics
formats (e.g., .bpm, .jpeg, .wfm etc.).  I've tried several and they are
importable into my document (as a picture), but it seems that only one
page was exported, which is more complicated than copying and pasting
from each page of the draw object.

In the mean time, I've discovered a free conversion site,, and they were able to convert the PDF files to odt (with
the images as bitmaps.  Now here's another strange thing:  I can use LO
to open the converted file and the document looks as I expect; however,
when I insert the file (insert->file) into my larger document, only the
text is picked up, leaving blank spaces where the images should go.

This sounds like a bug, but perhaps there is some setting that controls
this.  One other thing: when I open the single/converted pdf->odt
document, the navigator shows draw objects and graphics objects as 0.

On Sat, 2013-04-06 at 08:36 +0200, Fernand Vanrie wrote:
Op 05/04/2013 22:18, David Ronis schreef:
I'm currently working on a large project that requires me to import many
documents from my colleagues, some in word or PDF formats, into a single
file.  Libreoffice doesn't work if I try Insert->File... on a PDF file
(I get an error popup saying Error rereading the file).

I can open the PDF file (in draw) and cut and paste each PDF page into
the document, but that is painful.

Is there a way to make File->Insert work, perhaps via a macro?
it can surly been automated, import the PDF in draw and then export the elements to a writerdoc, you will find a lot of code in the "Gimmicks" library (gettexts>>getdrawstrings)

hope it helps

  If not,
consider this a feature request.


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