I'm forwarding this to you for your information. I've asked the LO
to make LibreOffice default to saving in rtf, and this was one of
(LibreOffice defaults to saving in .odf unless you tell it
otherwise. I asked the
forum how to change this default. They sent back instructions.)
My question to you: When I send you back a file in rtf format, do you
open it on the PC or on the Mac? I assume you open the file with MS
If that is not the case, please let me know. I intend to let the LO
our experience with rtf, as the writer, below, asked.
> AFAIK, Microsoft can read rtf. Two people whom I recently sent odf to said
> couldn't read it. I'm told by people familiar with MS Word that not all
> .doc files
> are compatible, there having been a change somewhere along about 1998 or so.
> (I don't use anything Microsoft when I can avoid it; I don't need the
> If someone know that MS can _not_ read rtf, then please advise.
I think MS Office should read (and write) rtf. If you don't have
complex documents, then I don't think there will be a problem. But
adding tables, footnotes/endnotes, headers/footers, pictures etc. may
be a little unstable (you might get severe layout changes).
As regards doc files not being "compatible", I'd take that with a
pinch of salt. Certainly, not all doc files are the same, and there
are cases where they don't work properly. However, as far as I know,
rtf is less standardised and thus usually a little worse off.
If you've made your choice of format (and used it for a while), please
provide feedback to us. It may help someone in future.
I work with Bob on a Newsletter (I'm the editor) and we exchange
text files in rtf regularly. Until recently, LO, and OO before it, had an
occasional problem with text formatting, but the latest version LO
that I have--3.4.4-- works very nicely. Bob told me later by landline
that he could open the rtf file I sent him on the Mac in ApplyWorks,
as well as the Mac version of Word.
We do not exchange graphics or spreadsheets, text only.
So in answer to the question, yes, the rtf format works well for us in both
directions. I have, therefor, used the supplied instructions and made LO
default to rtf.
I have not had reason to output a file to pdf, but it is nice to know that
this is available.
Re: Fwd: Re: [libreoffice-users] can I make Libre default to save as .rtf typo correction
On 11/23/2011 01:22 AM, doug wrote:
> I work with Bob on a Newsletter (I'm the editor) and we exchange
> text files in rtf regularly. Until recently, LO, and OO before it,
> had an
> occasional problem with text formatting, but the latest version LO
> that I have--3.4.4-- works very nicely. Bob told me later by landline
> that he could open the rtf file I sent him on the Mac in ApplyWorks,
> as well as the Mac version of Word.
That should be "Appleworks"
> Thank you all for your assistance! --doug
This is what the true spirit of community is all about.
You have a problem, you ask for help on a forum (mailing list, whatever) of people who give their best to help you based on their experience, you use one or some of the answers to solve your problem and then you contribute back by reporting how you solved it.
More people should understand the importance of reporting back : other people may benefit from your problem and solution in the future; people who helped feel good and motivated to help other people.
We all have different requirements, experiences and blind-spots. Forums and lists can be good for seeing a range of different options.
I started doing a newsletter recently too and we found that Word (using it's native formats) was too limiting about the way it treats images. Writer was better but it was only when we stopped trying to use MS formats and started again from scratch that we found we could really do what we liked with regard to placing pictures, logos, etc and also it was much easier to make those pictures and some of the text "clickable" for our on-line versions. On-line we only show the Pdfs and again LO gave us more options than Word to help us reach one of our target markets better. Blind or partially-sighted should hopefully find their screen-readers can cope with our newsletter more easily now. If you only use text then rtf is as good as any.
"What's best" depends on such a large variety of variables that were not covered in the original question that it is difficult to cover everything. Support (in LO) for Rtf is likely to improve considerably now that MS have stopped moving the target. Sadly it is also likely that MSO will drop support for Rtf over the next few years.