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--- On Thu, 6/23/11, Marc Paré <> wrote:

From: Marc Paré <>
Subject: [tdf-discuss] New "LibreOffice Reader" Eliminates Need for "PDF Reader"
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 2:40 PM
OK, this is just a teaser to entice
people into a discussion of the following proposal.

There is talk on the documentation list of the formats made
available to users of our documents (manuals, reference
books, etc). These for now are in .odt (ODF) and .pdf
(Adobe) and possibly .html (being discussed on the
documentation list).

The purpose of this particular thread is NOT to continue
the documentation thread on the merits of providing
particular formats. If you are interested in taking this up,
it is already being discussed on the documentation list.

This thread is really about proposing, to the devs, the
possibility of creating a "LibreOffice Reader" similar to
the "Adobe .pdf Reader". The idea is that, we are in a
particularly advantageous position of providing an excellent
popular office suite with a solid and well documented format
(ODF) and, if we were to promote a "quick and dirty"
"LibreOffice Reader", very much like the "Adobe Acrobat
Reader", whose sole purpose is to provide the ability to
"read" ".odt" files, there would be no need to carry .pdf
formatted files.

I would like to propose the following for discussion:

The "LibreOffice Reader" would have the following

* small footprint
* capable of reading ODF formatted files ONLY and .odt in
* only capable of reading and form filling, NO editing
capabilities (these are left to the expertise of the
LibreOffice suite)
* be able to interpret any of the LibreOffice
"highlighting" effects and "weblinking" abilities
* as much as possible code should not stray too far from
the LibreOffice code in order to avoid a new divergent
branch of software
* TDF adopt "LibreOffice Reader" as its first secondary
software project

If, such a project were adopted, LibreOffice could then be
adapted in such a way as to complement the "LibreOffice
Reader", very much like the relationship of the Adobe
Acrobat list of software ("Acrobat X Pro" etc.) and their
relationship with "Acrobat Reader". The LibreOffice suite
could have added functionality that would be compatible with
the "LibreOffice Reader" and offer interested users, an
opensource alternative to the .pdf format.




Idea sounds good, but there is also another competitor out there to the famous PDF :

How about adding editing/viewing djvu compatibility to LibreOffice too?

I for one (except under windows) use evince/okular/xpdf or other free viewers out there as opposed 
to using Acrobat Reader :)  Having LibreOffice open word/excel/powerpoint/pdf is excellent, but 
adding djvu will also enhance it and make it even better (others don't have this capability).  But 
keep the full suite, don't worry about a reader some folks already have a odt/doc/xls viewer on the 
windows side:

Someone mentioned this, I think that it would be not necessary to ask programmer to make a reader?  
Doing more work when other similar software exists? 
Unless if that software is (NOT FREE)/(OPEN SOURCE), there would be little to no gains if a 
LibreOffice Reader is created?   

I am a LibreOffice user not a programmer and happily use it on Windows, Linux, and FreeBSD.   

Just my $0.02.



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