Bug 53309 - Feature Request - Import PDF files and Adobe Illustrator .ai files as pictures/vector graphics
Summary: Feature Request - Import PDF files and Adobe Illustrator .ai files as picture...
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Writer (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) Master
Hardware: All All
: medium enhancement
Assignee: Not Assigned
Whiteboard: BSA
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Blocks: Writer-Enhancements
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Reported: 2012-08-09 22:58 UTC by nayk
Modified: 2017-06-23 20:44 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description nayk 2012-08-09 22:58:22 UTC
Writer should be able to import picture as Pdf and Adobe Illustrator (.ai) files. Others are asking about this, see http://ask.libreoffice.org/question/3669/pdf-import-as-picture/

Comment 1 nayk 2013-05-17 10:35:43 UTC
Is anyone on this feature request? Lots of people would like to see this implemented 

Comment 2 nayk 2013-10-15 14:09:13 UTC
No one caring about this?
Comment 3 Gerry 2014-01-17 18:36:03 UTC
I second this. Adobe Illustrator is widely used and an .ai import as vector graphic would be good. Here is some information on the file format: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Illustrator_Artwork. Old .ai files are based on EPS, which is supported by LibreOffice. New .ai files are based on PDF. 

Importing PDF files as pictures (or vector graphic?) is a great idea, since it is a typical use case that people need to get images or graphics from a PDF to a presentation or document.
Comment 4 Gerry 2014-01-28 22:01:50 UTC
Inkscape seems to have two reasonable Adobe Illustrator import filters:

"Adobe Illustrator 9.0 and newer (*.ai)"
"Adobe Illustrator 8.0 and older (*.ai)"

Inkscape is GPL-licensed, so maybe some parts of the filters can be re-used for LibreOffice. Could they?