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[Solved] PDF convert to OpenOffice 4.1.0 doc not happening

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 1:18 pm
by Waspman123
Hi All,

I'm a newbie to the site and openoffice, I'm trying to convert Pdf file saved in my windows 7 pro
to openoffice, I've tried downloading an extension manager when I try to enable it comes back with an error
messege saying loading component libary failed and the file address.

Any help on this would greatly appreciated.

Thanks Guys.

Re: Pdf convert to openoffice 4.1.0 doc not happening

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 2:27 pm
by jrkrideau
PDF is a final output format. It, deliberately, is intended to be impossible to edit.

You cannot convert it to Writer or any other word processor format. I believe AOO has limited abilities to edit a pdf file in the Drawing module but that is it.

If you need the document(s) converted to an editable format the only ways that I am aware of is a) run the document through some Optical Character Recogniton (OCR) software or b) rekey it.

Sorry
jk

Re: Pdf convert to openoffice 4.1.0 doc not happening

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 3:03 pm
by RoryOF
The PDF import extension has a special version for OO 4.x. Look for the link on the download page.

As jrkideau says, PDF needs to be OCRed before you can do substantial editing.

Re: Pdf convert to openoffice 4.1.0 doc not happening

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 6:40 pm
by Waspman123
Cheers Guys

I went down the OCR route, all done now but I did end up
Re-keying a half of it.

I'll be doing some flyers soon, let's hope they'll be easier in openoffice.

Cheers

Re: Pdf convert to openoffice 4.1.0 doc not happening

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 7:42 pm
by RoryOF
OCR accuracy very much depends on the OCR engine. I've used Omnipage and ReadIris quite satisfactorily with Windows. I now use Tesseract with Linux. Accuracy is about 99%; careful proofing is necessary, especially where there are figures involved.

Re: Pdf convert to openoffice 4.1.0 doc not happening

PostPosted: Tue May 27, 2014 8:26 pm
by Waspman123
Tbh I just went with first one I see and it was free
But I'll bear your advice in mind for next time.

Thanks mate.