How to export Impress Notes only? [closed]

I want to export all the notes of slides of an Impress presentation in the format: slide on top and the notes below; just like they are visible in the NOTES VIEW.

I opened the presentation in NOTES VIEW and exported to pdf; result: only the slides are exported.

I opened the pdf-export window, checked: "Export notes pages"; result: all slides are exported + the notes pages.

How can I export only the notes pages as they are seen in the NOTES VIEW without the slides before?

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Closed for the following reason the question is answered, right answer was accepted by Alex Kemp close date 2016-03-05 11:53:07.989835

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Looks like we've already got a bug on the books for this one...

• fdo#39271 - Impress PDF export should support notes pages only - NEW

It's been around for a while, too:

Reported: 2011-07-15
Modified: 2012-09-10


Please feel free to go kick it and wake it up. There was a suggestion that it might be an EasyHack, but it's not marked as such right now.

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I've found a hack for UNIX users here, via here:

1) Put this script into a file:

#!/usr/bin/perl -w

# This script takes an OpenOffice Impress output file in PDF format,
# including both slides and notes, and splits that PDF into separate
# slides-only and notes-only PDF files.  The reason this script exists
# is because OpenOffice itself (as of version 2.2, at least) does not
# have the capability to export a notes-only PDF file.
#
# This script depends on the pdftk program (http://www.pdfhacks.com/pdftk/)
# being installed and available in your command search path.

if (scalar @ARGV != 1) {
print "usage:  split_pdf slides_and_notes.pdf\n";
exit 1;
}

my $pdf_file =$ARGV[0];

# An OpenOffice Impress PDF contains a certain string that holds the
# total number of pages in the document.  There may be no guarantee
# that this string must exist, but since it does for now, we use it.
my $pagecountstring = strings$pdf_file | fgrep /Count;
$pagecountstring =~ m,/Count (\d+)>>,; my$totalpagecount = $1; my$halfpagecount = $totalpagecount / 2; my$firstnotepage = $halfpagecount + 1; my$out_file_base = $pdf_file;$out_file_base =~ s/\.pdf$//; pdftk$pdf_file cat              1-$halfpagecount output${out_file_base}_slides.pdf;
pdftk $pdf_file cat$firstnotepage-$totalpagecount output${out_file_base}_notes.pdf;


2) Install PDFtk.

3) Export the Impress file as a PDF file with both slides and notes.

4) Run the script on the exported file.

The script will produce two new PDF files: one containing only slides and one containing only notes.

I wrote another Perl script to do something similar for HTML exports:

1. Export the HTML files to directory in-dir.
2. Create a directory out-dir to hold the notes-only files.
3. Run [script] in-dir out-dir, or just [script] out-dir if the current working directory is in-dir.

out-dir will hold HTML files which contain only the notes. If an original HTML file had no notes, there will be no corresponding file in out-dir.

This doesn't modify the original file, and doesn't create any notes-free HTML files.

The script:

#!/usr/bin/perl

use strict;
use Cwd;

my $in_dir = cwd(); my$out_dir;

sub processFile {
my ($file_name) = @_; open (my$in, "<", "$file_name") || die "Couldn't read$file_name: $!"; my$preamble = "";
while (<$in>) {$preamble .= $_; last if (m/<body/i); } my$found_notes = 0;
while (<$in>) { if (m|^<h.>Notes:</h.>|i) {$found_notes = 1;
last;
}
}

unless ($found_notes) { close($in);
return;
}

my $out_file = "$out_dir/$file_name"; open(my$out, ">", "$out_file") || die "Couldn't write$out_file: $!"; print$out "$preamble"; print$out $_; while(<$in>)
{
print $out$_;
}
close($in); close($out);
}

##########################################################################

if (@ARGV == 1)
{
$out_dir =$ARGV[0];
}
elsif (@ARGV == 2)
{
$in_dir =$ARGV[0];
$out_dir =$ARGV[1];
}
else
{
print STDERR "Usage:\n";
print STDERR "   notes-only.pl: in-dir out-dir\n";
print STDERR "   notes-only.pl: out-dir (assumes current dir is in-dir)\n";
exit(1);
}

die "No directory $in_dir" unless (-d$in_dir);
die "No directory $out_dir" unless (-d$out_dir);

opendir(my $dh,$in_dir) || die "can't open $in_dir:$!";

while(readdir $dh) { next unless /^text[0-9]+.html?$/;
processFile($_); } closedir($dh);

exit(0);

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can't upvote you but thanks!

( 2014-12-16 20:33:38 +0200 )edit

@qubit - your answer is what I did not want to read... but I never kill the messenger. I was afraid it is a bug. Thanks for the link of the old bug file. I added information and examples because the suggested workaround does function. Let's keep fingeres crossed that our devs can tackle this issue quickly. It is a rather nasty bug.

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@qubit takes an arrow to the knee... :-)

( 2013-02-27 03:27:42 +0200 )edit

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