This article is a tutorial that shows how to convert LibreOffice Writer documents (ODT) to PDF files. To be able to perform the conversion with advanced features (i.e. PDF bookmarks, watermarks, overlays) you will need to download and install a PDF converter such as novaPDF.
LibreOffice is free and open source software, originally based on OpenOffice.org (commonly known as OpenOffice), and is the most actively developed OpenOffice.org successor project. The main components of the application resemble the Microsoft modules and are a word processing tool, a presentation tool, spreadsheet application, a graphics utility and a database management tool. Another feature is the cross platform availability as the suite can be installed on Mac, Linux, Solaris and some of the other OS.
The sxw file extension was the native writer format for the first version of LibreOffice and was replaced on the following software versions with the ODT extension. The file type can still be opened and managed with all the available versions and with all the Office variations or forks (StarOffice, OpenOffice and LibreOffice).
While newer versions of LibreOffice Writer come with an option to export as PDF, with novaPDF you'll be able not only to convert the ODT format to PDF, but also do advanced PDF operations such as merging, watermarking PDFs, adding bookmarks and much more. Exporting your LibreOffice Writer document as PDF instead of ODT comes with several advantages, the main one being that you can easily share the PDFs with others and they will not be required to have LibreOffice installed to open the documents. PDF is a better format for portability/archiving/collaboration purposes than ODT is.
These are the steps you need to do for converting your LibreOffice Writer ODT documents to PDF with novaPDF:
- Open LibreOffice Writer and then go to File->Open (or press Ctrl+O) to select the .ODT document you want converted to PDF
- Click on File->Print or press Ctrl+P to prepare the file for conversion
- In the Print window, select novaPDF from the list in the General tab and click on Print
- Select after save actions like mail sending or file merging and click on OK. The file will be then converted to a PDF.