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Re: [tdf-discuss] New "LibreOffice Reader" Eliminates Need for "PDF Reader"

On Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:06:17 -0400
Marc Paré <> wrote:

Charles H. Schultz has informed us that the OASIS group has no
intention of embedding fonts for v.1.2, 1.3 or any future versions,
so getting the same type of fidelity from a LibreOffice Reader will
not be possible. In this case, if one were to wish to print from the
LibO Reader, if the font used in the document is absent from the
system, then the system would look for the closest approximate font
to the original font.

That's one of the reasons why I prefer to distribute the final version
of a document as PDF, which is pretty well supported by LibreOffice.

So, getting the same quality of print from a LibreOffice Reader would 
not be possible without having the font embedded in the file. I still 
think that a LibreOffice Reader would be useful for those who do not 
have the LibreOffice suite installed on their machine. 

In this case they would most likely have another office suite or text
processing program installed. Since we are using a standard file
format, they should be able to use our document with their software.
Isn't that one of the advantages of a standard document format? Being
independent from the specific text program and it's vendor?

This would give the user the choice of using the reader to view the
file without the need of the full-blown suite and without having the
need to use the Acrobat Reader. 

As mentioned there is no need to use Acrobat Reader, there are other
more lightweight readers available. I still believe that PDF is the
best solution to distribute final versions of text (and mybe other
office) documents.

For testing purposes I've just installed Okular under Windows and it
was really easy (See

Again, our user base and the fact
that our reader would be created in-house would be enough to give the
LibreOffice Reader enough impetuous for adoption by our users and
non-users of the suite.

Not sure that our users really need an additional reader version of
LibreOffice since that have already the complete suite installed. There
is one use-case I could think of though: If the reader would be
leightweight and easy to install and would be able to run open document
presentations, it might be handy to use for presentations at different
locations or to pass along with the impress file.

I think supplying a LibreOffice Reader is just as important as
providing the plugins needed for viewing files in a browser
(LibreOffice Tools->Internet->Browser plug-in). Providing tools to
popularize our distro is important.


Manfred Usselmann <>
ICG IT Consulting GmbH, Kelkheim

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