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Convert ODS to PDF

The task of converting an ODS file to PDF is quite simple since most of the office softwares have this function, to a large extent, like printing to PDF; In other words, just formatting the spreadsheet and printing it as a PDF is enough.

In fact, LibreOffice Calc has a default button to do the conversion. If not, just by pressing CTRL + P, a dialog box will open to choose the printer, which in this case you must choose 'Print to a file', and then choose 'PDF Format'.

In any case, we are going to understand what these two formats are about, their similarities and their differences, and then see how we can convert an ODS file to PDF.

ODS An ODS file is a spreadsheet created by the Calc program included with the LibreOffice package. Stores data in cells that are organized in rows and columns. ODS files are formatted using the OpenDocument XML-based standard.

This free format is an ISO standard and is used worldwide for its wide support of software, including free programs.

Spreadsheets are interactive computer applications used to store, organize, and analyze some data forms using tables similar to those in Microsoft Excel.

Programs that use the ODS file extension can often save files in the XLSX format and use the associated extensions.

PDF is a file format initially developed by Acrobat and later acquired by Adobe Systems to represent documents regardless of their original operating system, application or hardware where it was created, making a document portable, as its name implies.

A PDF file can be of any size, contain any number of fonts and images, and is designed to allow transfer to any computer and printing of the document without any modifications.

Each PDF file contains a complete description of a 2D and 3D document that includes 2D / 3D text, fonts, images, and vector graphics that make up the document.

They do not have information or specification of the software to open or create it which makes it an open format.

The main WEB services that offer online conversion are the following:

The steps will be exactly the same:

  1. Upload the file (Through a dialog box or by dragging and dropping the file).
  2. Choose PDF format as output.
  3. Click on the conversion button.
  4. Download the output PDF file.

Some services may offer to configure additional (optional) parameters such as changing fonts, styles, and colors.