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Open PDF with OpenOffice 4

PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:02 pm
by TomSzuba
I dumped my 7 HP Pavilion after the mother board failed. Bought a MacBook Pro, OS X Yosemite, and transferred all my data files to the Mac from the old HP hard drive. I have used open Office for many years, so I have a lot of Open office files. All of my .odp & .pps presentations that I had done on my HP in Open Office run okay on the new Mac. The problem I'm having is the .doc and .txt files run on Mac 'Pages' and Open Office, but .pdf and .wps(Microsoft Word) files will not. What do I use to open the .pdf files, and what can I use to convert .wps files to .doc files or to make them workable as a .wps file.
When I try to run these files I get a pop -up "ASCCI Filter Options" Which means nothing to me.... Help.
Tom

Re: Open Office 4

PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:31 am
by thomasjk
No version of Openoffice will open PDF files.You need a PDF editor. For .wps files you can use http://www.zamzar.com to convert them.

Re: Open Office 4

PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:58 am
by RusselB
Zamzar will also work with the PDF files

Re: Open Office 4

PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:23 pm
by Bidouille
thomasjk wrote:No version of Openoffice will open PDF files.You need a PDF editor.

AOO can open PDF with Draw if you install PDF Import before.

Re: Open Office 4

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 10:16 am
by RoryOF
Bidouille wrote:
thomasjk wrote:No version of Openoffice will open PDF files.You need a PDF editor.

AOO can open PDF with Draw if you install PDF Import before.


While this permits making some cosmetic changes to a PDF file using OpenOffice, it is not a satisfactory way of reading a PDF file. One is better to install a dedicated PDF reader; Adobe Reader is the most common, but there are others, both commercial and shareware.

Re: Open PDF with OpenOffice 4

PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 6:13 pm
by TomSzuba
Thank you all for your help.
Tom

Re: Open PDF with OpenOffice 4

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:06 pm
by swimboy
I test-drove a couple of products from Wondershare which purported to convert PDF files to "most popular formats". However, the .docx files did not successfully import into OO4.1.1 When challenged, their tech support were helpful at first, then fell back on the statement that the Wondershare products were written for Microsoft Word, and there was a compatibility issue with Open Office.

Re: Open PDF with OpenOffice 4

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:13 pm
by RoryOF
You can use an OCR application which will attempt to break the PDF file back into editable text, suitable for MS Word or OO Writer. Such deconstruction is rarely completely successful; one has to be prepared to edit the OCR output to bring it to a state that pleases you.

Re: Open PDF with OpenOffice 4

PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:16 pm
by RusselB
On behalf of the users that read your post, swimboy, thanks for the advise.
I would, in future, check the actual formats that they use to ensure that the Open Document Format (.ods for spreadsheets, .odt for Writer, .odb for Base, etc.) are specifically listed.
If you have .docx files, you might find that they work better with LibreOffice,

Re: Open PDF with OpenOffice 4

PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2015 11:21 pm
by Ron T
I have a question similar to Tom's. I am using OpenOffice (4.0) with Mac's "Mavericks" OS and it's working fine. I would like to move to using Apple's new "Yosemite" OS, but wonder if I will encounter conflicts between OpenOffice and Yosemite.

I see that Tom mentions problems with .doc and .txt files, but he's made a bigger jump in operating systems and computers.

Anyone experience problems with Yosemite and OpenOffice?

Ron

Re: Open PDF with OpenOffice 4

PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2015 3:37 am
by swimboy
Replying to Ron T. I've been using Open Office 4.1.1 quite successfully with Yosemite 10.10.3. I am not a 'heavy' user of OO, however, so my testing is quite superficial. My main use is a spreadsheet with some graphs, and some word processing. I have never experienced anything like a crash or a conflict. Just my 2 penn'orth.

Re: Open PDF with OpenOffice 4

PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2015 9:55 pm
by lgusaas
Ron T wrote:I have a question similar to Tom's. I am using OpenOffice (4.0) with Mac's "Mavericks" OS and it's working fine. I would like to move to using Apple's new "Yosemite" OS, but wonder if I will encounter conflicts between OpenOffice and Yosemite.

I see that Tom mentions problems with .doc and .txt files, but he's made a bigger jump in operating systems and computers.

Anyone experience problems with Yosemite and OpenOffice?

Ron

I've had no problems using Apache OpenOffice with Yosemite. I upgraded to Yosemite five months ago.