How to Convert a PDF to OpenOffice 3.0, the Free Microsoft Office Alternative

by Gabriele Sturmer
Larry Ellison is CEO of Oracle, which purchased OpenOffice.org from Sun Microsystems.

Larry Ellison is CEO of Oracle, which purchased OpenOffice.org from Sun Microsystems.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 supports a free extension that lets you open and edit PDF documents within the suite's Draw program. OpenOffice.org uses the ODG file extension for its drawings, and lets you convert PDF files to this format so that you can open and edit your file on any computer with OpenOffice.org.

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Download the Oracle PDF Import Extension from the extensions page of the OpenOffice.org website (link in Resources). Double-click the file that downloads, then click "OK" when asked if you want to install the extension. Click "Accept" on the license-agreement screen to install the extension, then click "Close" after the installation process completes.

2

Launch OpenOffice.org 3.0, then click "File" and select "Open." This opens your PDF file in the Draw component of OpenOffice.org.

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Click "File" and select "Save As." Type a name for the converted file next to "File Name" and select a destination to store the file. Select the format that you want to use for the conversion from the "Save As Type" drop-down list. The default setting is the ODF Drawing (ODG) file format, but you can select "OpenOffice.org 1.0 Drawing (SXD)" if you need the file to have compatibility with OpenOffice.org 1.0.

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Click "Save" to convert your PDF file to the OpenOffice.org format.

About the Author

Gabriele Sturmer has written product reviews, career education articles, short stories, poetry and technology articles since 2001. She published a Macintosh case study and a web usability report for Liberty University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science and business. Sturmer also earned a Master of Business Administration.

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