Is there a way to force LO to open it in Writer?
No. PDF documents are graphic files and cannot be easily converted to plain text.
is there other software (preferably free and open-source) that can read the text (and numbers) and make them available to Writer or Calc
pdftotext from xpdf package is quite good. -- To unsubscribe e-mail to: email@example.com Problems? http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/mailing-lists/how-to-unsubscribe/ Posting guidelines + more: http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Netiquette List archive: http://listarchives.libreoffice.org/global/users/ All messages sent to this list will be publicly archived and cannot be deleted