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Sorry - probably a very basic question but I have recently been sent artwork for an advert in .odg format.  It appears this format is not recognised in Affinity Publisher beta or in Affinity Designer - and it will not allow me to import the contents of the file to work on.  I can open the file in Word and import it, but I suspect Word is altering the appearance of the original graphic.  Is there any way round this?

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Welcome @Saharagirl,

That's an OpenOffice drawing file. The only thing I can suggest is to download and install OpenOffice. It's free, and IMHO, about as powerful as MS Office.

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I use OpenOffice, and in Draw, you're provided with several options to export, anything from BMP to PDF. So you could open it in OpenOffice Draw then export it to a format that will work for you.


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I would go with PDF


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Thanks for the recommendations.  Adobe refused to open it, so I've downloaded OpenOffice and saved as a .jpg and can now edit it as I need.  

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10 minutes ago, Saharagirl said:

Thanks for the recommendations.  Adobe refused to open it, so I've downloaded OpenOffice and saved as a .jpg and can now edit it as I need.  

That's great.

I actually meant export to PDF from Open Office, PDF gives good compatibility and edit-ability. 


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19 minutes ago, firstdefence said:

PDF gives good compatibility and edit-ability

Most importantly, PDF will retain vectors wherever possible. In a JPEG, everything will be rasterized.


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