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Old 10-27-2007, 10:50 PM   #1
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Abiword and Gnumeric make pdf files?


Just wanted to know if Abiword and Gnumeric can export pdf files like Open Office does. If so, I can switch to them and drop OO. I don't use half of OO, and it's a waste of memory. And Ubuntu has a fit if I try to delete Presentation, etc. (Then again, I'm really considering making a switch to another distro, so this may become moot). Thanks!
 
Old 10-28-2007, 12:05 AM   #2
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I know that Abiword can, I'm not sure about gnumeric.
 
Old 10-28-2007, 08:34 AM   #3
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Gnumeric 1.6.x and earlier can generate pdf via the print dialog
The development version has it as an export format in Save As
 
Old 10-28-2007, 10:33 AM   #4
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I am running the CUPS printer system, and there is a PDF printer included. Did you try to print thru that printer?

BTW, both Abiword and Gnumeric have advantages over OO, but it is also true that they score much less on the compatibility scale (you know, with a certain other Office application) and they have less features than OO.

Just out of interest, what makes you to dump OO in favor of Abiword and Gnumeric?

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Old 10-28-2007, 10:54 AM   #5
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Continuing off-topic....Abiword is much faster and simpler than OOo---perfect for someone who does not really do word-processing, but might need to send a file in .doc format.
 
Old 10-28-2007, 05:02 PM   #6
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I have Abiword set up as the default Firefox "View with" application for word documents. I generally don't do much editing in Abiword, but for just viewing a .doc, it's an order of magnitude faster.
 
Old 10-28-2007, 10:47 PM   #7
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Mainly I was thinking of switching to Abiword and Gnumeric to clear up some memory on my computer. I kinda hate having a bunch of programs loaded that I never use. Seems kinda wasteful. I may just stick with OO if Abiword isn't as good a word processor though. The compatibility with Windows can be a problem for me. Thanks for the info, everyone!
 
Old 10-29-2007, 08:14 AM   #8
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Yes, it is undoubtly faster. It is one of my concerns of OO that it takes almost minutes to start up. I think I timed it as 15-30 seconds on a 1700 MHz machine with 1.5 GB RAM. That is incredible as compared to M$ Office, which is instantaneous (and I mean instantaneous) even on my W2k VM I run. I still feel ashamed when someone is standing behind me and I am opening an OO document which takes forever. "Is that Linux?" they often ask. I know the technical reasons for this, but I still don't like it.

Opening documents sent to me in Abiword is often a disappointment since the document layout if often lost.

OOwriter as such is a very pleasant and stable word processor though, which features actually work as opposed to M$ Office.

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Old 10-29-2007, 08:43 AM   #9
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If you run a pretty modern computer and aren't hurting for RAM, there is something you can do to speed up the loading of OOo a great deal. If I have a spreadsheet open, then open a text document, the text document opens like lightning. The lag is on loading a large quantity of "common components". I'm not sure how, but I think there's a way to load these common components on startup.
 
  


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