PDF conversion with hyperlinks in OpenOffice?
August 24, 2004 12:35 PM   Subscribe

OpenOffice question. Is there an easy way to convert documents to PDF such that the hyperlinks still work? I'm on OS X.
posted by inksyndicate to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
Let's smoke out some simple things here.
Don't hyperlinks work when you print to PDF? That's the easiest way to make pdf's on OS X, just print and choose output to pdf. Does this not work in X11?
posted by putzface_dickman at 12:40 PM on August 24, 2004

Response by poster: Nah, it doesn't work. But I think it's an OpenOffice issue and that all other Mac applications do it fine. I just don't have Word.
posted by inksyndicate at 12:58 PM on August 24, 2004

Hyperlinks don't work when I do Print to PDF in Safari, either. I don't think that's part of the functionality built in to the underlying OS X print engine at all.
posted by bcwinters at 12:59 PM on August 24, 2004

Response by poster: Huh, you're right. :-(
posted by inksyndicate at 1:21 PM on August 24, 2004

IIRC, you need an application (like Acrobat) that does more than wrap a postscript dump in pdf clothing, which is what happens when you "print to PDF" in any application. If there is such an animal other than the full version of Acrobat, I don't know. I do know that I spent a day fruitlessly searching for just such an option about a year ago.
posted by Fezboy! at 2:06 PM on August 24, 2004

The XSLFO processors like Apache FOP do this, but yeah - the postscript>pdf method doesn't work.
posted by holloway at 4:19 PM on August 24, 2004

This site claims to convert documents online to PDF format for free. There was a free but limited service on the Adobe website, too, but I can't seem to find it now. Perhaps they don't provide that service any more.
posted by nthdegx at 2:14 AM on August 25, 2004

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