How to make editable PDFs (hybrids)

Un Hybrid PDF it is basically a PDF document containing the embedded original document In the PDF itself, that is, among the "metadata" contained in the document, there is also the original document.

In this way it is possible to carry out new versions of the document without modifying its final presentation and allowing its reproduction in almost any device.

Interesting concept that I discovered reading the task because like him ...

I had always considered the PDF file as a fixed document, which could not, or rather, should not be modified, and this was for me the reason and the main reason for the files in PDF format, however, when reading a magnificent articulo from Simon Phipps, I have realized that the objective does not have to be the inviolability of the document, but rather the portability of the document, hence, the name "p" for "portable", is what not paying attention to things.

How to create a hybrid PDF?

From LibreOffice it is very easy.

1.- Choose: File - Export in PDF format.

2.- Check the option Embed OpenDocument file.

In this way, the hybrid PDF can be opened from LibreOffice as if it were a normal ODF, without losing the original format of the document and with all the editing possibilities that the program allows.

However, users who do not have LibreOffice will be able to continue opening the PDF with any PDF viewer.

How to re-edit Hybrid PDF?

Supposedly, since LibreOffice 3.3 the extension to import PDFs should already be installed. In case when trying to open a PDF you get a lot of strange symbols, first you have to download this extension.

This extension is available in repositories of almost all popular distros.

In Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-pdfimport

In Fedora:

yum install libreoffice-pdfimport 

In Arch:

pacman -S libreoffice-extension-pdfimport

In case it is not available for your distro (or if you are a malicious Windows user), you can download it from here.

Once the extension is installed, it is as simple as opening LibreOffice and going to File - Open and select the hybrid PDF you have created.

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  1.   DB Mall said

    So far, I always had raised the file PDF, as a fixed document, which could not, or rather, not to be…

  2.   Matias said

    Excellent thank you very much

  3.   Eider said

    Hello! I think this is an excellent article and I thank whoever gave the job of publishing it.

    Apparently, I use LibreOffice 3.4.4 or LibreOffice 3 I'm not sure, but the Embed Open option does not appear ...

    …Thank you!!!

    Eider C.

  4.   rosgory said

    I wonder if the option only exists in LibreOffice

  5.   Let's use Linux said

    Could it be that you are using an old version of LibreOffice?
    Cheers! Paul.

  6.   Daneel_Olivaw said

    I don't see the option 🙁

  7.   The Sudaca Renegau said

    Thanks Let's UseLinux! Thanks for the task! It suits me great. 🙂