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Import PDF File into Writer

Postby maglia » Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:10 am

Hello everybody. I know this topic has already been mentioned in multiple threads. However I turn to this forum to see if someone can help me with my problem.

Context
I work in an Organization that digitally signs Writer documents. It happens that in many cases, documents require attaching digitized information.

The digitized information is made through a scanning process into a PDF file.

This information can contain one or multiple pages.

Problem
A single document needs to be digitally signed. Therefore, it is required that the Writer text can easily add the information that has been digitized through the scanner.

I have tried the Insert File or Insert OLE Object options. None in a satisfactory way.

The Image from Scanner option inserts a single document page. It is not a solution. Nor would it be because the document that is written does not always have a scanner connected, but it does have a network resource where it can go to find the digitized information.

Current Solution
Users were instructed to get a Snapshot from Adobe Reader. The problem with this solution is that they have to do it page by page and it is a very tedious process.

Solution Wanted
It occurs to me that a macro could be programmed in Writer that is capable of opening the PDF file (via the file selection box) and is capable of page by page (from the first to the last) open it in memory, copy it to the clipboard as a image, insert a blank page at the end of the current document, and paste the image from the clipboard.

Is this possible? Can anyone help with the code?

If this is not possible, what solution do you propose?

Thank you!

PS: I have used the translation services of Google Translate. I apologize for your translation although I am hopeful that you will understand what my problem is.
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Re: Import PDF File into Writer

Postby JeJe » Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:00 pm

Pdf documents open in draw. You can press ctrl+a to select ctrl+c to copy and switch to your writer document and press ctrl + v to paste. That could also be done in a macro.
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Re: Import PDF File into Writer

Postby Mountaineer » Thu Apr 15, 2021 10:40 pm

As you didn't mention any OCR I assume you are generating pictures of scanned pages, wich are saved as pdf. So you could try to save as .jpg or .png - maybe pictures are easier to integrate in your docs.

But you don't tell if any information added by writer.
Do you use writer only as container for signing?
Then it may be possible to use gpg directly?

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Re: Import PDF File into Writer

Postby John_Ha » Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:59 pm

PDFsam can split PDF files into individual pages.

AOO can insert the first page of a PDF with Insert > Object > OLE Object > Further Objects ...

LibreOffice can insert the first page of a PDF with Insert > Image ..., where you select PDF; and Insert > Object > OLE Object > Further Objects ...
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Re: Import PDF File into Writer

Postby Hagar Delest » Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:12 pm

The problem with a scanned rendering of the document is that you get just pictures. No way to perform any search in the text and the page rendering will be pixelated instead of benefiting from the scalable rendering of a trued PDF.

When I've to digitally sign a PDF, I use Foxit Reader to copy and paste my scanned signature on each page. You can add any pic or any text string like that. To be done manually I fear but you get a nice PDF.

Doing what you want with something else than an Adobe product is a no-go I think. Remember that PDF is a mere digital print, it's not designed to be edited.
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