Oracle PDF Import Extension (for OpenOffice 3.x)

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Compatible with OpenOffice 4.x?

If you are using Apache OpenOffice 4.0 or later, you must use another version: PDF Import for Apache OpenOffice.

The PDF Import Extension allows you to import and modify PDF documents. Best results with 100% layout accuracy can be achieved with the "PDF/ODF hybrid file" format, which this extension also enables. A hybrid PDF/ODF file is a PDF file that contains an embedded ODF source file. Hybrid PDF/ODF files will be opened in as an ODF file without any layout changes. Users without this extension can open the PDF part of the hybrid file with their PDF viewer.

The PDF Import Extension also allows you to import and modify PDF documents for non hybrid PDF/ODF files. PDF documents are imported in Draw to preserve the layout and to allow basic editing. This is the perfect solution for changing dates, numbers or small portions of text with a minimum loss of formatting information for simple formatted documents.

Documents with more sophisticated layouts, such as those created with professional Desktop Publishing applications that use special fonts and complex vector graphics are not suitable for the PDF Import Extension. Similarly, longer documents (> 20 pages) may cause some performance and stability problems.


  • Text attributes like font family, font size, weight (bold, not bold), style (italic, not italic) are imported together with their respective text
  • Retain font appearance, when a PDF file uses a font not installed on your system, the font is replaced with the best alternative font
  • Converts images and vector graphics
  • Each line in a paragraph is converted into one text object
  • Import of password-protected PDF files
  • Import shapes with default style
  • Support for colors and bitmaps
  • Backgrounds remain behind other elements

Not supported:

  • Native PDF forms
  • Proper paragraphs
  • Processing layout of LaTeX PDF
  • Import of complex vector graphics elements
  • Conversion of tables
  • Import of EPS graphics
  • RTL (right-to-left) text/font support

Please notice: Use this extension cautiously as editing PDF files is not a trivial task. Encouraged by the huge number of positive comments and the improved quality of this extension, we decided to remove the Beta tag from this release. Of course we will continue to work on this extension to reflect user needs and any changes to the PDF standard.

Oracle PDF Import Extension (for OpenOffice 3.x)

Version Operating system Compatibility Release date
1.0.4 Windows 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 14/12/2010 - 06:17 More information Download
1.0.4-SolarisSparc Solaris Sparc 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 14/12/2010 - 06:15 More information Download
1.0.4-Solarisx86 Solaris x86 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 14/12/2010 - 06:10 More information Download
1.0.4-MacOSX Intel MacOS X 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 14/12/2010 - 06:06 More information Download
1.0.4-Linuxx86-64 Linux x86-64 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 14/12/2010 - 06:01 More information Download
1.0.4-LinuxIntel Linux 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4 14/12/2010 - 05:35 More information Download
1.0-MacOSX-PPC MacOS X -- 12/10/2009 - 05:30 More information Download


Installed OK. Tried to insert a PDF into a ODT document. It was imported but was not formatted correctly.

AOO411m6(Build:9775) - Rev. 1617669
2014-08-13 09:06:54 (Mi, 13 Aug 2014)

When I try to open PDF document in Writer it crashes it completely! Looks like compatibility issue.

There is a simple solution to out problem with the problem: try to download the adopted extension from the apache-own code website under as stated in my blog article ( This extension works even without administration rights under Win7 64bit as far as I could test it.

Windows 7 64-bit - Each time I get the error message "loading component library failed" like the previous 2 posters.

Windows 8 32 bit - Each time I get the error message "loading component library failed" like the previous 2 posters. - See more at:

Windows8.1 Pro, 64 bit, Processor N2930, 4GB RAM, running on VirtualBox
The following error occours in the window:
"Extension Manager"
loading component library faild:

I downloaded the extension and tried several times to install, both following instructions under "File/open" and using the extensions manager in OpenOffice. Each time I got an error message "loading component library failed". I already have version 1.01 installed.

Should never upgrade on a program that is working.... Tried to reinstall the PDF import program after update of Open Office seemed to have removed it... However, I continue getting the failure message in the subject line followed by the path and file name. Any suggestions???

Yeah I just get
"loading component library failed
every time.

Using Win7, OO 4.0.0

Default download button at Sourceforge site is not for OOO v4.0.0
When you click on the extension on the apache open office site, you are redirected to the sourceforge site where you see the green download button. Don't click that if you have OOO v4.0.0.0
Look slightly down and to the left, and you will see
"Version for Apache OpenOffice 4.0: see here."
If you click on the blue highlighted word "here" you will be redirected to the sourceforge page for the 4.0.0 versions of the extension.
You will see options for 4 different operating systems.
For Windows 7 (or any windows version I guess), click this link:
Windows aoo-pdf-import-0.1.0-windows-x86.oxt Apache OpenOffice 4
I let it download to my downloads folder.
Open OOO, I picked the Draw program, but it probably doesn't matter.
Click Tools, and on the drop down list click Extensions
Click Add, navigate to your download folder and click the file you just downloaded.
In the window that pops up, scroll down to the bottom and click Accept.
It will install with no problems on OOO 4.

I noticed that the extension indicated it was for x86, which means 32 bit not 64 bit, but that didn't matter.

BTW, if your install failed, but you see the extension listed in the extension manager screen when you do this, just click to highlight it and then click the remove button. Probably a good idea to remove a failed installation before reinstalling.

No extension is installed.
Error message:
loading component library failed:
System Windows 8 professional

It won't enable on my computer (Windows 7 Home Premium). I just upgraded to OO 4.0 and it works like a charm, but every time I try to get this add-on to run, PDF Import 1.0.4 it gives the error message:
Loading component library failed:
file:///C:/Users/[COMPUTER NAME]/AppData/Roaming/OpenOffice/4/user/uno_packages/cache/uno_packages/sv5zbeny.temp_/oracle-pdfimport.oxt/
Any suggestions? And please, use simple layman language and step by step directions. I don't speak tech. ;-)

thanks for sharing, that's really impressive! You can also load the expored PDF file to Adobe Acrobat Pro for editing, It would be OK. From my experience, I like to use third party to edit my contents and after finishing that work, I would save Word as PDF using Cute PDF Writer or Office 2007 add-in. If I found some mistakes need to modified in the PDF format, I would edit the contents in the original word process and then save it as PDF again, and again. Actually I don't like to use Acrobat for creating ebook. It is not easy to learn well. I just use it to edit some details when I don't want to save all again. Of course, different guy has his own way. There is another way, known as the article How to edit PDF text , you would take it for reference

Not sure why some people have previously commented that this does not install on Windows 7 because it worked fine for me. Installed on two Win7 x64 boxes no problem.

Am very impressed with this extension - gives a great solution for editing PDFs without having to buy any software. Sure, an Adobe product is more appropriate if you want more serious editing, but it's perfect for occasional usage.

I like the fact there is no cost for the openoffice but it is not as easy to understand for me. I found two that have free 30 day trials that worked perfectly --- if only i could afford to purchase. ( BluBeam Revu and Adobe Acrobat XI pro) both were so simple to make changes to pdf - create pdf- etc.

First off, I am running Windows 7 Home Premium.
I downloaded this extension and attempted to install it via the Extension Manager in OpenOffice 3.4.1.
When I attempt to Enable this extension I get the following error:

file:///C:/Users/Tim/AppData/Roaming/ can not get symbol: component_getImplementationEnvironment- nor:

Any ideas what might be wrong and what needs to be done to correct this problem would be greatly appreciated!

I wonder if anyone else is seeing this: For some PDFs the import works great, modifications can be made to the PDF, the export produces a new PDF with changes and everything is perfect.

But I have some cases where I import a PDF [all of mine are single page PDFs] (i.e. Open it), make no changes at all, export with all defaults on the PDF export properties page, and save as a new PDF file. When I open that file in a recent copy of Acrobat the modifications appear just where you'd expect them but the image the the importer produces from the PDF has been shifted either right to the bottom of the page or all the way off!

If I then open the PDF back up in Draw I can see the original PDF content but it is, indeed, shifted down off the page. I can actually grab it and drag it back up to the top of the page!

This doesn't happen on all computers and only for some PDFs--I haven't found the common properties that determine the outcome.

Otherwise, this extension is great and I can use it on OO 3.2 or 3.4 and on Windows 7.

This extension does not work on win7, it messes up the pdf layout and changing the text format. After opening an pdf in open office, the pdf looks terrible. Not worth waisting time om this extension, it simply does not work.

I installed this extension for OO on my iMac i5, running OSX 10.6.8, and at first everything seems to work perfect.
But if I'm trying to import a PDF-File (with embedded fonts!) in a OO-Doc, the placed PDF looks completely different. The text lines are shifted, letters are expanded .... OO (... or the plugin) converts each text-line to a separate text-frame and changed it completely. Thats not only a problem of displaying on the screen, it looks also disorderd on the print ....

I deleted it and reinstalled the plugin - nothing changes.

On a MAC the plugin did not work!

This is very annoying, I can't get it to install either...&^%$#

Okay...This is a LONG comment with a lot of steps, but if you read and follow it carefully you should be able to use this extension on a Mac with no problems. These steps worked great for me.

IMPORTANT: I don't frequent this site, so if you run into problems, just go through the steps again. The most important thing is doing Step 7 correctly so that the extension is placed in the correct folder.

I'm running the version 3.4.1 on OSX Mountain Lion.

Here's how I get this extension to work.
1. Download the oracle-pdfimport.otx file to any location (I downloaded it to my Downloads folder).
2. Open Finder, on the left side of the Finder window click 'Applications', and locate (but don't open it -- i.e. don't double-click it).
3. Single-click the to highlight it. Next (and here's the important part) hold down 'control' key at the bottom left of your keyboard, and while holding down the 'control' key click on your trackpad --> this will bring up a context menu --> from this context menu click 'Show Package Contents'.
4. You will now see all the folders and files that are used by the BE VERY CAREFUL IN THIS STEP not to accidentally move or delete any of these folders or files...the app needs them all.
5. Continuing from Step 4, in the Finder window you will see a folder named 'Contents'. Click the arrow to the left of the 'Contents' to expand it and see the folders and files contained within it. After you've expanded the 'Contents' folder, immediately beneath it you'll see a folder named 'share' --> click the arrow beside 'share' to expand this folder. Under 'share' you will see a folder named 'extensions' --> click the arrow beside 'extensions' to expand it. Lastly, there is a folder under 'extensions' named 'install' --> click the arrow beside 'install' to expand it.
6. Continuing from Step 5, inside the 'install' folder you will probably see a file named 'dict-en.oxt' that automatically installs with OpenOffice. This 'dict-en.oxt' file has a file icon that looks like a puzzle piece (apparently that's the icon OpenOffice chose to use for extension files).
7. Now look at the Finder menu bar at the top of your Mac's screen. Click 'File', then click 'New Window'. This will cause a new Finder window to open. Now you have 2 Finder windows open: 1 window that has the contents of your, and the new window you just opened. Move (drag) each of these 2 Finder windows so that you can see both at the same time on your Mac's screen. Now, in the new Finder window you opened, navigate to the folder where you downloaded the PDF extension file named oracle-pdfimport.otx (in my case, since I saved it to my 'Downloads' folder, on the left side of the Finder window I click my name -- it has a little icon beside it that looks like a house -- then to the right of that I find and click on my 'Downloads' folder, then I scroll through the files in that folder and find the one named oracle-pdfimport.otx. Single-click on the oracle-pdfimport.otx file and drag it over to the other Finder window from Step 3 which shows the contents of the folders and files. Drag the oracle-pdfimport.otx file into the 'install' folder from Steps 5 and 6 and drop it into that folder. You should now see at least 2 files in your 'install' folder; both files will have the icon that looks like a puzzle piece. 1 file will be the dict-en.oxt that was mentioned in Step 6, and the other file will be the oracle-pdfimport.otx that you just dragged into that folder.
8. Once you've verified that the oracle-pdfimport.otx file got dropped into your 'install' folder, close the 2 Finder windows you opened. This is just for safety, since you don't want to muck around any further in the window that shows the package contents of the
9. Whew! Now you're done. Because you placed the oracle-pdfimport.otx inside your 'install' folder, the next time you open the, the oracle-pdfimport.otx extension file will automatically load and be ready to use. Since the new extension automatically loads when the app starts up, you don't have to do anything after the opens to enable the extension. It's already loaded and ready to go!
9. Now to test the extension. After you've completed all of the above steps, start the OpenOffice app from your 'Applications' folder, and when it loads, click the 'Open' button on the start-up screen and navigate to a wherever you have a PDF file stored on your Mac. (If it's an important PDF file, be sure to make a copy of it before you open it.) When the PDF file opens inside the OpenOffice app, whatever text or image you click on will display a box around it; you can choose to either click somewhere inside the box to edit its text, or you can hover your mouse around the box until the cursor changes to a hand and then you can use the hand to drag the 'boxed' text or image to any place you like inside the PDF document. That's about it. From there, you just have to play around with it to see how you can edit text and move things to your liking. When you're done playing with a file, you can choose to save it or discard the changes you've made.

I just downloaded the extension, but I do not know how it works. I need to alter urgently the text of a pdf file but I do not know how to do this. I have the Apache Openoffice program.
Thank you

Thanks for this great extension - it's really helping me out! :)

Is it possible to read annotations (markup) made using Okular 0.15.2 (embedded in the PDF file and can be read by other applications)?

When I open a marked-up PDF in OOO the markup is not to be seen.

I'm running OOO 3.4.1 under Mint 11 LXDE if that matters.

All the best,

WinXP, SP3. PDF Import 1.04 - current version available for download.

Unable to get this extension to register anymore. I was running ver of O/O 3.0 then upgraded to ver 3.4 of O/O. After that the PDF importer would no longer register as an extension.

I deleted the old copy and downloaded a fresh copy of the extension to try. The fresh copy had properties showing it was "blocked" so I unblocked it. Still, it would not load and the attempt to install made it as far as the terms of service, then failed with a generic error message. This problem was reproduceable as I tried to download install a couple of times. I'd also note that the installation failure caused my system to have a serious crash as well, forcing me to use the Task Manager to force-quit the application then reboot the system. At least one crash locked it up sending me to the power button.

Now... it was working fine under O/O 3.0 fine. In fact the same PDF import extension is working fine on a copy of O/O 3.0 I have on another machine and also running under a copy of Libre Office at a recent version.

I note from the web page that this extension is dated Dec 2010 so I have to wonder if there have been any updates, or plans to update to assure forward compatibility. I read here that some other people have been having issues installing under other versions of Windows.

I've sent an e-mail to the developer e-mail address above in homes something will be done as I really like this extension and it has saved me on several occasions.

10/30/2012 at 5:56 PM Eastern USA Time

Follow-Up... any similar extensions elsewhere?

10/30/2012 at 5:56 PM Eastern USA Time


I am trying to add PDF import 1.04 to OO 3.4.1 on Win 8 64 bit and when I click on Enable I get:

msvcr90.dll: cannot get symbol: component_getImplementationEnvironment

Thank you

It's simply superb. I edited a 498 page pdf doc with this. It didn't mess up the formatting even a bit.
Open the pdf file with Open Office Draw.
Select the page from the thumbnails on the left.
Edit the text or graphic.
Export as pdf.

Great work Oracle. Thanks a lot.

I followed the instructions to create this extension by downloading the zip file and then extracting all the files. Unfortunately the vital file required "oracle-pdfimport.oxt" is not present. Can anyone advise please.


I got it to work for Ubuntu. This is how.
I clicked on "Get it". I was then taken to a page which prompted an automatic download. The file already had the ".oxt" extension. Once it downloaded I did not, once again I "did not" unzip it.

I had Libre Office already open. Click on tools then click on "extension manager". You should see "script provider for Python" I have version 3.3.0. Click on that and you will be taken to a folder that has the OpenPDF extension in it. Click on it to open it. You will then have to scroll to the bottom of the screen so they "accept" button will be availible. Click on accept, and the extension will be availible.

I will also add that if you go to "file" and use the "recent documents" option the extension will not work. You have to "file" and then "open" or click on the "open icon" to get the pdf extension to work. I don't know why it matters since it is the same file no matter which path you take, but that is the way it works.

For Windows I would suggest changing the file extension name to .oxt, but not unzipping or extracting it in order to get it to work.

Attempting to download the Mac OS-X package fails with a "File not found" error with Chrome, server not found with Safari...

I also got nothing but error messages when trying to download the Mac version of this extension where I'm posting this comment on the OO site. By foraging around the site for a while I found the Mac version on SourceForge that downloaded correctly via the Mac link on this OO page:
extensions (dot) openoffice (dot) org/en/node/874/releases

The Mac download link I used was this:
extensions (dot) openoffice (dot) org/en/download/4622

I haven't tried the extension with Libre Office yet to import and edit some PDFs, so hopefully it actually works.

Is there a way of protecting PDF documents that I put on my Arabic tattoo site as I want to put downloadable PDF's on the site but I do not want people downloading the documents and editing them in Open office?

Use abiword it is more effiecent and it has a built in pdf generator and a pdf writer BUILT IN!!!!

After downloading this extension, I could not figure out how to get it to work. After trying for over an hour and reading and trying these comments, I finally got it to work. Here are the steps I used:

*When you initially download the extension, save it and in the file name change from .zip to .oxt and continue download.
*After download, open manage extensions, if it doesn't automatically pull up after download, you can find it in the tools tab in any open office application. Follow steps to accept the extension.
*Go to the open office draw application and under file -open - select the PDF document you want to convert and that should open it up.

Once I did this, I was very impressed with how easy it was to make the changes needed to my PDF document and how nice it looked, it was just so frustrating getting to that point!!

I hope this information helps anyone having issues downloading and running this extension :)

Thanks Don, and also to Oracle (aka Sun Microsystems) and Apache Software ... without Don's instructions, I would have never figure out how to make the PDF extention to work ... I have a 4 year college technical degree and years of computer experience


I need to fill out forms downloaded as PDF files. Dont want to spend $$$ getting Acrobat or MS Office suite, so I downloaded the Oracle PDF Import Extension. I am running OO 3.2 on XP. The files open in a small unreadable format in Draw, and wont edit (fill out the forms). Tried to tweak OO for several days but just wont work, and often the computer freezes. As many governments use OO and filling out forms is huge in governments, how to do this? Has Microsoft booby trapped Windowswith so called "updates" to force users to buy $$ Office and Official Microsoft partner $$Acrobat? If so how to jailbreak? Should I delete all traces/breadcrumbs of Microsoft Office (so called "free trial" expired way back)?

This extension is a pain in the ass to get working. I downloaded OpenOffice 3.3. I did the following in Windows Vista Pro:

In Windows
1.Download the extension (a zip file)
2.Open any open office application Text (word processing)...
3.Click on Tools in the Top menu and select Extensions Manager
4.In the opened dialog, click on Add... button
5.Select the file which was downloaded in the first step
6.Scroll down the EULA content so that the Accept button is enabled
7.Click Accept
Error message appears, "Status of extension is unknown". Clicked enable, another error message appears...

Are you supposed to unzip the file first? If so, which file is "accepted" and enabled from the batch?

I'm being told I need "stlport_vc7145.dll" to run the extension. Can someone tell me what that is and where to find it? Thank you

i've made a PDF, and i try to open it with Open office (after installing Oracle extension)
but it doesn't work
i try to open it with DRAW (DESSIN in French) and it open with many stranges caractère and nos images...

can u help me
many thanks

I open a PDF document with draw. The only way I can find to add text is to use a text box. This seems not the most optimum way to edit the document. If I am doing something wrong please let me know the right way to do this.

(1) Follow the directions exactly for installation. (2) Then open the DRAW program. (3) Open file but SPECIFY the EXTENSION to open as PDF. There, simple as 1-2-3! There are no neon signs flashing inside the Open Office program indicating with buttons or enhanced functions that you have this extension. But it works! Thanks!

So, something which should have taken few seconds / minutes took over an hour. I must be damned stupid and maybe I am not alone from what can be seen.

Now: Once you download the extension, double click and accept it will be installed without telling you anything such as The extension has nbeen successively installed or alike (you are supposed to know aren't you?)

No! if you launch draw and expect to see an import button, forget about it.

No, If you expect launching Draw and nicely asking it to open the pdf, forget about it.

No! If you expect asking Draw to open the pdf it will prompt you on how to interpret it.

And yes! If you ask draw to open your poor pdf but, before you specify in the open dialog, right little box that you want to open a pdf (and not "all" or whatever) then bingo!

I hope It did save some time to other as stupid as me - Are there any?

And don't ask the acrobatics I need to make in order to register and add my comments

Just what I'm looking for.

Installed with no problem.

Opening a pdf as described by other comments in this thread results in rubbish.

So, it doesn't work for me, unfortunately.

Also tried it in LibreOffice with same results.

Not sure if this has been mentioned already, however one thing that's worked for me is that I installed CutePDF Writer (on Windows) and I reprinted the PDF from Acrobat Reader to the CutePDF Writer (which is set as a printer in the Print dialogue). This of course just re-creates the PDF using CutePDF Writer, but for whatever reason, this re-created PDF renders correctly in OO Draw, where the original PDF didn't. Using this method I've been able to edit PDFs just fine.

After I first installed it (Windows XP SP2), it worked fine - could open PDFs from within Draw without doing anything special.

At some point (some time after upgrading to SP3, not sure if related) I could no longer open PDFs from within Draw. The File->Open dialog box does not include a 'PDF' type. I get the same ASCII Filter thing others mentioned.

However, if I use Writer instead, that File->Open dialog box does have the 'PDF' type - I can select PDFs from there, and they still open into Draw, same as always.

I am a fairly new Mac user with OS X 10.6. For several months, I have been trying to find something which would edit pdf files better than Preview does (for example, the content of a text box in Preview can only be "center aligned"). Skim and FormulatePro were two options I tried that were improvements over Preview in many respects, but wouldn't let me paste an image onto my pdf (such as, for example, if I wanted to put my digital signature on a document).

Then, I "discovered" the Oracle PDF Import Extension which I had installed in Open Office months ago, but hadn't really used. By "discovered," I mean I read on somebody's blog that you could use Open Office Draw to edit pdf files and I thought, "Hey, I wonder if that would work with my setup." (Boy, do I feel stupid.)

I have just started using this functionality, but in just an hour or so of playing around, I have found that it has far exceeded my expectations and, even, my immediate needs. Besides giving you (a) all the control over text and text boxes that you would expect from, say, a word processing program and (b) allowing you to paste images onto your pdf, Open Office Draw also includes layers!

The layer function threw me off for a bit, because, at first, I kept finding that my attempts to edit the document resulted in grabbing the raster image and moving it "off" of the underlying text layer (a function, I will admit, that I think will be worth exploiting someday, but wasn't what I was looking for at the moment). Then, I discovered that you can "lock" the layer so as to prevent this annoying occurrence. To create your edits, simply create a new layer (call it "MyEdits" or whatever you want) and you're in business.

Anybody who has done anything more than drawn a couple of lines and boxes on a page has discovered that editing the overlapping objects can be a real pain - if not an outright impossibility. Separating these overlapping objects through the use of different layers solves the problem.

The only downside to the use of Open Office Draw as a pdf editing tool that I can see is that you must import the pdf, save your edits in odg format, and then export it to pdf when you're done. I know that we would all like to have the capability of doing everything I just described directly to the native document, but, hey, for all the functionality I have been searching the internet for weeks to find, I think it's a reasonable trade off.

Its pretty good demonstration for those who dont have any idea of Mac os, i was being referred here by one of my friend working with ziffdavis. Its very impressive way to explain the points like import of pdf file etc, impressive work.