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I'm trying to export a reasonably complex illustration from Inkscape into a Libreoffice Writer document. I'd like to avoid rasterizing the illustration as much as possible.

So far I've tried the following:

  • Inkscape SVG, Plain SVG, SVG with everything converted to paths: bitmaps images included in my illustration are rendered as black boxes in the writer document.
  • EPS: fonts look ugly
  • ODG: not recognized in Writer (?!)

For now I've exported my SVG drawing to PNG, and it works fine, but it's not very satisfying. So what's the correct way to do this? Any input welcome!

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Good question!!! Doing it for Microsoft office would be a good thing too. –  robermorales Oct 15 '11 at 20:38
I'll add a bounty in a few days to add more exposure to the question. –  Peltier Oct 16 '11 at 9:00
PDF Import seems to have been an option in LibreOffice 3.3, but is inexplicably not available in 3.4 (licensing issues with Oracle?). At any rate, that won't help too much. What I usually do in this case is to export the vector graphics at high resolution and DPI (180+), and the rasterized downscaled image will look okay most of the time in the document. –  mindcorrosive Oct 18 '11 at 9:37

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Exporting from Inkscape using the png image format which Libreoffice fully supports, rather than saving in vectorial format which it does not support, is actually the only option.

See in Inkscape Wiki : Save as vs export.

However, the thread How to import SVG in OOo Writer says :

The svg import will be new feature in OOo 3.4, try OOo 3.4 beta from OOo download site.

This is about OpenOffice, of which Libreoffice is actually another branch.
You might consider changing because of this feature, until it finds its way into Libreoffice.

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Did you read my question? That's what I ended up doing, but my question is precisely about how to avoid doing it. –  Peltier Oct 18 '11 at 8:09
You can down-vote me all you want but you cannot change the facts, which are that Writer does not support vectorial formats. See the Inkscape FileTypes wiki for convertors to other formats, but these programs operate after you saveas in vectorial format (and there exist many other convertors). –  harrymc Oct 18 '11 at 8:49
Or you want another bastard solution, see Import SVG in OO Writer as OLE Object. –  harrymc Oct 18 '11 at 8:51
Or you can change to OpenOffice, as in my edit above. –  harrymc Oct 18 '11 at 8:56
SVG import is already included in LibreOffice, it just doesn't work well at the moment apparently. –  Peltier Oct 18 '11 at 10:32

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