Hybrid PDF file

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What is a hybrid PDF file?

It's a PDF that anyone can view, but which includes the source document embedded within it so that people with modern office suites can also edit it if they want to.

This capability also exists in recent releases of Apache OpenOffice and NeoOffice.

To open Hybrid PDFs, LibreOffice will need to have the PDF Import filters installed. These are included by default in current versions, but you may have to install them manually depending on which version of LibreOffice you have, for example on Ubuntu you need to have installed the package called libreoffice-pdfimport.

How to create a hybrid PDF file

  1. Create your document in LibreOffice. You can open any format that LibreOffice supports.
  2. From the File menu, select Export as PDF...
  3. Check the Embed OpenDocument File option to ask for the editable ODF file to be inserted into the PDF you are making.
  4. You may also want to change some other settings – if you wish to retain image resolution for example. Remember, large images make large files!
  5. Click the Export button and complete the saving process to make your hybrid PDF.

The PDF you made will open as normal in PDF readers but will additionally be editable if opened in LibreOffice (or OpenOffice.org, NeoOffice and others), including opening via drag-and-drop.

Now all PDF files you make in LibreOffice will be hybrids until you uncheck that check-box.