Issue 45838 - pdf as graphical file
Summary: pdf as graphical file
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Product: General
Classification: Code
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: P3 Trivial with 9 votes (vote)
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Reported: 2005-03-23 10:31 UTC by bobharvey
Modified: 2013-02-07 22:41 UTC (History)
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Description bobharvey 2005-03-23 10:31:08 UTC
Apologies if this has already been raised, but I can't find it anywhere.  We
have an issue for editing existing .pdf files:

But I want to suggest something else:  using .pdf as a graphical format for
insert-picture-fromfile.  I'm making this a 'framework' issue because it would
be equally useful in all applications.

I've got other software that does this, and jolly useful it is as well. 
Currently I am annotating some drawings supplied as .pdf files, and have to
convert them to jpg to import them as a layer in draw, before adding my comments
on another layer.  If I could import the images directly from the .pdf it would
be a lot simpler.
Comment 1 Olaf Felka 2005-03-23 13:01:44 UTC
Comment 2 steve2005 2005-12-11 06:32:06 UTC
*** Issue 45838 has been confirmed by votes. ***
Comment 3 open_me 2006-04-26 14:43:50 UTC
Under windows, you can insert PDF as OLE objects. Most of the times this works.
Comment 4 bobharvey 2008-03-02 07:54:19 UTC
At the moment I convert .pdf to .png & link the .png to a layer which I lock. 
How  much better to avoid the conversion stage.
Comment 5 velmont 2008-09-17 08:47:25 UTC
I'm trying to make a 25.000 pages printout using a PDF letterhead (well,
actually an invoice). If I use a TIFF or PNG file as background (in good
quality) it's not vector any more; hence it'll take enormous space and I guess
my computer will die.

This feature would be so handy!
Comment 6 bobharvey 2010-05-14 22:36:31 UTC
Any thoughts yet?
Comment 7 velmont 2010-05-14 22:40:22 UTC
I've written my own little suite of tools in order to be able to do the giant
pdf mail merge that I needed. So for my part I just skipped the whole OpenOffice
out of the equation; and boy did it make a difference. Where used 5 hours
to make a pdf with just names on it, the whole process takes 5 minutes in python :-)