Frequently asked questions - Writer

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What is a hybrid PDF file?

This is a PDF file, which can be read like any other PDF, but which includes within it the source document in ODF format, allowing you to modify it using LibreOffice.

To open a PDF Hybrid, you must first install the LibreOffice PDF import filter. This is installed by default from version 4 onwards but you may need to install it manually depending on your version. For Ubuntu, check the libreoffice-pdfimport package.

To create a hybrid PDF

  1. Create or open your document in LibreOffice. All document types available in LibreOffice are supported.
  2. Go to File ▸ Export in PDF format
capture of export pdf file dialog
Create a PDF Hybrid Dialog
  1. Check ☑ Embed OpenDocument file to insert the ODF editable file into the PDF.
  2. You can also change the other parameters such as the image resolution. Do not forget that large images make for large documents !
  3. Click the Export button and complete the save operation(choice of folder and filename).

Congratulations ! You have just created a hybrid PDF 

The PDF that you have just created can be opened in the usual way with any program that can read PDFs but it will also be editable with LibreOffice using drag-and-drop.

Subsequently all PDFs that you create by export from LibreOffice will be hybrids until you uncheck this option.

How to program the creation of a hybrid PDF

See the section on Macros.