How to transform an ODT to PDF

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Convert ODT to PDF on computer

Let's start this guide dedicated to how to transform an ODT into PDF by reviewing what are the "classic" solutions, that is to say the programs that can be installed on a computer (or that in some cases are already installed) and that can allow you to convert this or that document from one format to another at any time, without the need for an Internet connection.


On Windows


Let's start by looking at how to convert ODT to PDF on a Windows PC. To do this, I highly recommend using LibreOffice, a free and open source productivity suite alternative to Microsoft Office and also to OpenOffice (with which it shares part of the source code).

To download LibreOffice on your PC, connect to the program's website and click on the link Scaricate la versione xxx. When the download is complete, open the LibreOffice installation package (eg. LibreOffice_4.4.4_Win_x86.msi) and first click on NEXT twice in a row and then on Install, Yes e end to conclude the setup.

When completed, start LibreOffice Writer (the alternative software to Microsoft Word) by clicking on its icon in the Start menu, select the voice apri from the menu Fillet and select the ODT document to be transformed into PDF.

Finally, choose the voice Export to PDF format always attached to the menu Filletclick on your button OK present in the window that opens and indicates the folder in which to save the document once converted. If you want, you can also convert only some pages of the source ODT document to PDF by placing the check mark next to the item Pages and indicating the page numbers in the appropriate text field. Also, you can adjust the quality of the output file (using the appropriate text field) and you can apply a password protection to the file by going to the tab Safety e pigging your pulse Set password.



Finally, I would like to point out that if you find yourself dealing with an ODT file that contains a fillable form, you can go to the window that appears after selecting the item Export to PDF format from the menu Fillet and make sure the option is also selected Create PDF form. Otherwise, the generated PDF will not be fillable, as can be easily understood. For more details on this, read my tutorial on how to create editable PDF in which I proceeded to talk to you about the matter in great detail.

Your mac

As for the Mac world, to convert ODT to PDF just rely on the applications included "standard" in the Apple operating system. I refer in particular to TextEdit, the basic text editor for Mac, which fully supports ODT documents and thanks to the system virtual printer can easily transform them into PDF. How? I'll explain it to you right away.

All you need to do is open the ODT file to convert by double clicking on it. If the document is not automatically imported into TextEdit, right click on its icon and select TextEdit from the menu Open with.

At this point, call the command Stampa ... from the menu Fillet, select the voice Save come PDF ... give menu to tendin PDF located at the bottom left and choose the folder in which to export the file. Easier than that?

I would also like to point out that, apart from TextEdit, as well as being available for Windows operating systems, LibreOffice, the open soruce productivity suite I mentioned in the previous lines, can also be used on Mac. LibreOffice on Apple computers is practically identical to what was seen for Windows, absolutely nothing changes.



The only thing that differs is the installation procedure. More precisely, after going to the program's website and clicking on the button to download the software, you must install it by copying LibreOffice in the folder Applications macOS / OS X then you have to go back to the suite site and download the citt脿n translation package (which in the Windows version is included in the basic installation package). To do this, click on the button Translated user interface.

Once the download is complete, open the package in .dmg which contains the citt脿n translation file, right click on the icon LibreOffice Language Pack inside it, select the item apri from the menu that opens and click on the button Install to proceed with the installation of the language pack.

Transform an ODT to PDF online

As I said at the beginning, it is possible to transform an ODT into PDF also directly from the browser, using some special online services. The Web, in fact, offers numerous tools designed specifically for the execution of the most common conversion operations, including that of the type of file in question. They are all very easy to use but it must be taken into account that in order to work, unlike the software mentioned above, they always and in any case need an active Internet connection.

Online2PDF

Do you need to convert a lot of documents in batches? Then you could opt for an online solution, such as Online2PD which allows you to do everything from the browser (any browser) without downloading software to your computer and without using special plugins. It supports documents with a maximum total weight of 100 MB and respects the privacy of users by deleting all the files that are uploaded to its servers within a few hours.


To find out how it works, connected to its home page via the link I just provided, drag the ODT documents to be transformed into PDF on the button Select files (if the drag does not work click on the button and select the documents "manually") and press on Converted. After a few seconds and the converted files will be automatically downloaded to your computer, in the folder Download (if you have not made any changes to the default settings of the web browser you are using).


If you want, before starting the conversion procedure, you can also make changes to the final file using the options attached to the tabs Compression, Show, Protection, Header / Footer e layout which are located at the bottom.

I also point out that you can also merge the content of two or more ODT files and export everything in a single PDF. To do this, all you have to do is select the item Merge files give menu to tendin mode:, arrange the documents in the order you want to be respected in the final PDF (by clicking and dragging) and click on the button Converted.

ODT to PDF

Another online service that I invite you to try to convert your files is ODT to PDF. It is an online resource that is also totally free that allows you to intervene up to a maximum of 20 files at a time and then download everything in the form of a compressed archive.

You ask me how to use it? Nothing easier. First of all, go to the home page of the service via the link I have just indicated, then click on the button Upload files and select the ODT documents stored on your computer that you want to turn into PDF. If you prefer, you can also take advantage of drag and drop by dragging the ODT files on which you intend to intervene directly in the browser window, in correspondence with the wording Drop your files here on the service page.

Then wait for the document upload procedure to start, then pass the cursor over the individual previews and click on the button Download or download everything in a single ZIP file by pressing on Download everything. The files will then be saved in the folder Download computer (unless otherwise specified in the settings of the browser you are using).

Convertio

To finish off, as they say, I want to report you Convertio, another online service that is very easy to use and capable of converting an ODT to PDF in no time. It has a nice user interface, allows you to upload files with a maximum size of 100 MB and also to upload documents from the most popular cloud storage services.

To use it, connected to its main page via the link I indicated a few lines above, click on the button From a computer and select the ODT files stored on your PC or Mac that you would like to be able to convert. You can also upload files via drag and drop, simply by dragging them into the web browser window.

Are your files located online and not on your computer? There are no problems. In fact, you can also upload them via dropbox o Google Drive, as I had already anticipated, after clicking on the appropriate buttons on the screen, or you can take it directly from the Web, by clicking on the button with the chain and then indicating the url (you can also add more than one file using the appropriate empty fields that are proposed to you).

Once you have uploaded the file, just click on the button Converted below to start the conversion procedure. Then press the green button Download to download the final PDF to the folder Download of the computer (provided, even in this case, you have not made any changes to the default settings of the Web browser used) or presses the buttons with the icons of the cloud storage services to archive your transformed document directly online.

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