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Old 12-24-10, 04:26 PM   #1
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Lurk So pdf configuration issues.

I need assistance.
I have 47 000 words. The project's finished. It's an open office file [.odt ] file format.
It's numbered and chaptered and finishes as well as I'm able.

Open office has a one button, 'convert to PDF' option. However there is no way I can find [and I've tried] to change the size of the PDF file which is preset at 8.5" x 11"

Here's my problem, my .odt file is configured for 5.5" x 8.5" but when open office turns it into a pdf it creates a 8.5" x 11"

I need it to be switched across to a pdf configured to 5.5" x 8.5"

I don't have word.

I'm stuck.

If I can get this 5.5" x 8.5" odt file made into a 5.5" x 8.5" PDF without having to reformat the text, page numbers and chapter positions then I can publish on Lulu.com

which is what I want to do.

any help would be appreciated.
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Old 12-24-10, 10:51 PM   #2
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Just did a quick test. It looks like, if you go to "Print" and choose "Save as PDF", it converts it to 8.5" x 11".

But, if you got to "File" and choose "Export as PDF", it keeps all the formatting.
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Thanks for that, I did as you suggested
unfortunately same old same old


Your file "Panto-Damascus.pdf" is 8.5" x 11", but you have chosen 5.5" x 8.5" as your book size.
You can fix this problem by choosing a new book size, or changing your PDF file.


perhaps I could email the odt attachment to someone??

I'm so close to getting rid of this thing.
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Old 12-27-10, 09:37 PM   #4
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Have a go using this little program called bullzip http://www.bullzip.com/
It is open source pdf printer, so it is free.

I use it on my machine and had a go at what your trying to achieve and it seemed to work.

It would be a good idea to also check the dimensions directly in your pdf, there is a chance that it might actually be the web site stuffing up not your pdf.

If you can't get it to work let me know and you can email it to me.

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thanks for the offer.
now just checking, when you had a go at what your trying to achieve
you used open-office?
Cos the link you gave looks all microsoft to pdf-ish
I suppose I'll just try it and see.
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Old 12-28-10, 01:44 AM   #6
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Yup open Office.
Once you install the program it is a print option in any program you can print from.
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thanks, this muddling through is fine with me. I opened the program and will need to focus on it I suppose.
It's little things, I isolate a page number to format it in the middle of the page and half the prior page reformats to the middle also. No hurry. I have the basics, like the next 6 months food, sorted. Plus therapy. heh heh.
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