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CopiaFacts Reference

Star Office, Open Office and LibreOffice 4

Support for these and earlier releases remains available in CopiaFacts version 8.2.  It is possible that the current LibreOffice interface will work with LibreOffice 4, but this is not supported.

LibreOffice 5.x and 6.x

To download LibreOffice, go to https://www.libreoffice.org.

This method of conversion has the following advantages:

The Document Converter print driver is not required.

You do not require Microsoft Office to be installed on document converter nodes.

The 'speckle' round text characters, especially on JPG images, can be reduced using image options, and other customization of the conversion is also possible using these options.

Output TIF files are often dramatically smaller and therefore can be transmitted more quickly.

LibreOffice can be used for converting Word, Excel and PowerPoint files, including the supported Office 2007 formats.  It is generally more straightforward to use than the Microsoft Office equivalent, but there may be some very complex documents which it cannot handle.

Note that Excel files are expected to contain 'documents' not spreadsheets. and PowerPoint slides should be approximately letter-sized.

To use LibreOffice for Word, Excel and Powerpoint files, add the keywords LODOC (X), LOXLS (S) and/or LOPPT (T) respectively to the $convert_options command in the user profile referenced from the FS file, or in the FS file itself. You can also use the option letters on the CVTOPTS environment variable, or use command-line options -X -S or -T on CVSINGLE when run standalone.

Note that the keyword LODOC specifies that LibreOffice should be used for both DOC and DOCX files, and similarly for the other keywords.

All supported versions of LibreOffice can save Office files as PDF.  CopiaFacts uses the 'via PDF' conversion method for Office documents, where LibreOffice is automated to save as PDF and then the intermediate file is converted to faxable TIF using the built-in converter.