How to edit a PDF file with Open Office

Some months ago I’ve looked for a decent PDF editor for Linux. Results? Only an application called PDFedit was interesenting enought.

Now, an extension (plugin) for the cross platform suite Open Office called PDF Import do the magic with a nice PDF import for Open Office Draw.

I’ve tested it on a simple PDF document (v. 1.0.1) and the result is amazing. With Open Office, you can rewrite a PDF, save it as Draw document and export the modified version as PDF format with the handy PDF conversion tool.

Since PDF is a widely used format, you can use tool like this to download documents that require some changes before print (e.g. a paper form) without awful cut-and-paste onto an editor.

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Create nice pdf with ps2pdf and any word processing utility

Apply on: any GNU/Linux distrubution

Applications like OpenOffice allow to export document in the PDF format. However, sometimes the result is not very much professional. To obtain the best from your document in printing, you can follow a two-step conversion using any word processing utility.

  1. Use the option “Print to file” to convert your document to PostScript format. (i.e.
  2. Convert the generated PostScript file in PDF using ps2pdf

Conversion tips:

To generate a document to print (more heavy), with embedded fonts, best image rendering etc. you can use:

ps2pdf -dPDFsettings=/prepress

The “prepress” distiller parameter automatically choose the best settings for print, but you can override it.

See also:
How to use ps2pdf advanced options