So we already know that OpenOffice allows us to save our files in PDF form, which is an excellent feature, but what do you do when you have a PDF that needs to be edited?

Oh wait, we don’t do that without spending lots of money on programs for just that purpose… or do we?

While I’m positive that those expensive programs are excellent for all kinds of PDF file editing and creation, you’ve got to wonder if you have any low-budget or free options.

Well today I’ve got a suggestion that fits into the “free” category so I know that you’re interested – opening and editing PDF files for free – who doesn’t want to know how to do that?

What we’re going after today is an extension for OpenOffice called Sun PDF Import Extension. Installing this extension for OpenOffice 3 will allow you to open PDF files, edit and then save them as PDF again.

It’s a quick 3-step process.

1. Download the Sun PDF Import Extension

2. If the Extension Manager doesn’t automatically open then go to one of the OpenOffice programs – such as Impress or Writer – and use the Tools menu, Extension Manager choice.

3. Select the PDF Import Extension and click Install.

And that’s it.

When you choose to open a PDF file it will be opened in the OpenOffice Draw program where you will edit and then save the new and improved version of the file.

Suddenly the PDF files that seemed so “locked down” against editing are wide open!

~ April