Now available for testing is the PDF import extension, which also includes hybrid PDF-ODF export. PDFs are designed for layout instead of for further
Now available for testing is the PDF import extension, which also includes hybrid PDF-ODF export. PDFs are designed for layout instead of for further editing, so when a word processor, spreadsheet, or presentation application exports to a PDF, the layout and document structure are lost. To avoid disappointment, you must keep in mind creating a PDF is not a reversible process because of the limitations of PDF as a format. Implementations may either pdf to openoffice spreadsheet editing or layout.
This extension’s current implementation favors layout, so it imports PDFs into Draw. Keeping all that in mind, this extension still has many uses such as adding annotation, filling out forms, making minor edits, using a PDF as a picture, and reusing PDFs for which the original source is lost. Because of the limitations of PDFs, these uses may not be completely painless. PDF is as simple as clicking on File and then Open. When the initial screen appeared with the results, I stared at it in disbelief. It looked just like the original.
The text, layout, font faces, text colors, bold, italics, underline, and picture were well preserved. Below are the original in Writer and the imported document in Draw. Doesn’t it take more than a glance to identify which is the original? It was only later after closer look that imperfections appeared. That may be fixed in a future release. Then, there are the limitations of PDF import.
Each line of text is one or more text boxes. Hyperlinks are merely blue, underlined text without interaction. Superscript is just a smaller font positioned in higher text box. Overall, this is a remarkable result for an early release. Future versions of the extension may take on other forms of PDF import, such as favoring text streams. PDF import—not even in the open source market.