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Hi :)  
Also 2 things;  

1.  It might be worth uploading your Pdfs to Google-docs and the opening them with Google-docs to 
save as Odt.  Someone here recently said that seemed to solve all their problems with Pdfs so it 
would be interesting to see if yours work too.  

2.  if you right-click on images in a Pdf it generally allows you to "Save Graphic".  Of course 
this way you have to place them again.  

3.  If you just copy&paste text straight out of the Pdf and into a document as "Unformatted text" 
and then apply styles it might end up with a much more consistent document but again you would have 
to follow 2 above in order to get all the pictures/photos/logos/images back in.  

Good luck and regards from 
Tom :)

From: Girvin R. Herr <>
To: David.Ronis@McGill.CA 
Cc: Fernand Vanrie <>; 
Sent: Sunday, 7 April 2013, 21:48
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Importing PDF problem

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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