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Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? gmureddu 5/20/12 10:20 PM
Back in 2009 and 2010 Google Docs supported .odt, .odp, .ods file formats, but that support seems to be gone in the recent incarnation of Docs. I confess I did not used Docs much in the last couple of years, but then Google launched Drive and I thought I'd give it go and see if I could have part of my documents library upladed to be always available... Turns out I can't, at least not in the sense that Google Docs coluld make use of them (for editing and the like) since there doesn't seem to be support for these file types anymore... Sure I could convert my stuff into supported filetypes, but that defeats the purpose... Plus from what I gather there seems to be a problem converting from MSO files to GD native formats. What really frustates me is that these formats used to work just fine!

Like many others, I feel stranded, being a Linux guy... No Desktop app, no support for native file formats, access only through the browser... 
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Gill 5/21/12 9:24 AM
My docs File menu still shows odt as an option for downloading - but I am on Windows....
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? gnubyexample 6/12/12 4:15 AM
When I upload .odt files produced by LibreOffice I cannot then view them as it says 'Preview not available' and offers download only.

This is not platform specific, it is a Google feature that they have either disabled the preview for OpenDocument format files, or it is a bug.

Can somebody at google provide some feedback?

Forcing conversion to Googledocs own format seems like an anti-feature to me.

Zoho.com offers upload and viewing of LibreOffice files without requiring conversion.
I think this is an oversight on Googles part, and should be easily fixed.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Felicity_BB 6/12/12 12:12 PM
Google Docs should also offer conversion options of odt files to view and edit them online by changing them to Google Docs format.  This will erase some formatting, but I think it's currently still an option.  As far as I know, files not in the Docs format have always been downloadable but not viewable, with a few exceptions such as pdfs.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Arnie-75 6/13/12 6:18 AM
Same here, .ODT files cannot be opened although the word wide web says Google Drive support .ODT files. Too bad.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? GerrySq 6/25/12 1:04 AM
This is pretty unacceptable.... we got google corporate because of the file support. Not supporting this and doing so silently is just typical. Google have a horrific customer service attitude.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Adriannom 6/27/12 3:33 AM
Google, please can we have better support for open document formats in Google Drive?  Thank you.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? philip.rhoades 8/31/12 7:15 AM
I am in a very similar situation - I haven't had to upload since before Google Drive - this is a real PITA!  It is a really dumb situation . .
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Adriannom 10/3/12 4:39 PM
It appears that if you export a document to Google's own format you can edit it as normal, then download as odt.  This is fine by me, but can you make this process easier?  Maybe a convert button as well as a download button when the format isn't supported?
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? librarygeekadam 10/22/12 7:41 AM
I would agree. This is a major issue. I have been trying to convince people to abandon MS Office and move to LibreOffice with Google Drive. Now that Google Drive won't open the LibreOffice files, my argument is moot and Google Drive nor LibreOffice will get the business. Too bad.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? MadmanMike83 10/25/12 10:23 AM
Would definitely love to see ODT support back in here.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? blaster219 10/28/12 3:55 PM
If you're using chrome, consider adding the following webapp


It integrates with GoogleDrive and is basically a full version of LibreOffice in a virtual machine on a server somewhere (as I understand it). You can create, view, edit open document files to and from your GoogleDrive.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Malith Yapa 10/29/12 12:35 AM
This is definitely unacceptable. First theres no linux support for google drive but thats more than compensated by insync. now no odt support in google docs?? is google becoming the next microsoft. i dont see any logic in why they would remove odf support. why hasnt any google personnel replied to this
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? ramvanwin 11/3/12 12:33 PM
I just want to add my voice to this. It is a real disgrace that Google has made it difficult to use and share .odt files. It is even more insulting to see that nobody from Google has bothered to offer a response or explanation to this. I pay to use Google Drive and part of the reason I was willing to do that was because of the previous support for .odt docs. 

I'll be looking to cancel my subscription at the earliest opportunity. 
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? JamesZe 11/13/12 6:54 AM
Google Drive uses ODF natively now it seems.

This seems almost unbelievable but while I was trying to find a solution myself I went to go load up my .gdoc file and the Google Drive website gave me an error that it was an unsupported format. Confused I clicked my .odt copy of the file and it opened it right in the browser. A bit surprised, I decided to make a new document, then checked my hard drive to find that it placed a .odt file in the folder! I also tried saving in LibreOffice, and making changes on my Nexus. Both transfered to each device through Google Drive!

Did this major change happen to everyone?
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Anastasios Tsiolakidis 11/26/12 1:51 PM
Quite shocked, still not able to import ODT files! Have to look for another host!
Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Luke Wiwatowski 11/27/12 7:26 PM
I'll put my two cents in and agree this is disgraceful that an open and well documented file format has no support. Please fix this.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? davide caregnato 11/28/12 2:25 AM
Open Document is a standard and very widespread format, it's really disappointing it's not supported by google. Here I ask google to solve this problem. I ask also google customer service to explain us why this feature has been removed, is it because of some agreement with microsoft? are there other reasons?

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

...universally accessible and useful. is this still google's mission?

Please, as customers we all want an answer.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Inca W 12/2/12 10:27 AM
To enable reading of .odt files, simply click the gear in the top right (settings). Mouse down to upload settings, and a new menu should appear. Select "Convert uploaded files to google docs format". I have tested this, and it works with files created in openoffice and libreoffice. If you want to download these later to share with people that don't use GDrive just download as your preferred file format. I have removed all the text editors in favor of google docs, with offline editing and support for any file format. Hope I helped.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Judi King 12/3/12 5:12 AM
That worked great on my laptop but I can't find that same setting on my iPad. I click on the gear but it doesn't give me the same options as on my laptop. Any ideas? Thanks.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? nimiton 12/3/12 12:35 PM
Did that before coming here doesn't work for me.  It really does seem like time to drop google like a bad habit... :/
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Rodrigo Pontremoli 12/14/12 5:12 AM
Try this one on Chrome. 


It works great and let's you export to powerpoint also.


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Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Philly 12/30/12 2:06 PM
Thank you Inca W.   Your suggestion worked great for me; thanks for posting.    

Per your solution, I have turned automatic conversion on in the document settings and re-uploaded the documents; now I can successfully view and edit them online and can see them on my Android phones GDrive. :)


Why Google didn't send out emails to users of Google Docs letting them know about this is beyond me.    I used to be able to view ODT docs online, and it took me as a surprise that I wasn't able to view them online, and thus wasn't able to view them on the GDrive of my android phone.      What Google needs is to email its users alerting them of new features/changes to the applications that they utilize (GMail, GMaps, GTalk, etc.); the email should contain a link allowing the user to opt-out of these email updates (and it should also contain a link for a user who opts out to subsequently opt-back-in to the email updates).  They have changed things in GMaps and many other applications of theirs which have taken me by surprise and have taken me a lot of research to find out that changes occurred and what the new solution and/or workaround is.        They really should improve their customer service.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Talkrabb 12/30/12 11:20 PM
Automatic vonversion does not work with the Windows Google Drive client. Manually uploaded and convertet files are stored in the Windows Google Drive client as link and are useless when you are offline.

Why does Google abolish a already working solution for open documents?

More and more I feel being pressed in to Googles products like Chrome and G+. Pressing customers to the vendors choice instead of offering what they want/need is short-sighted. "Make money fast" replaced "Don't be evil"...
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Marcool04 1/1/13 6:30 PM
There has been much complaint about Drive not handling odt files, and Inca W seems to say that the "solution" is to import the odt file to gdoc format, then to edit it and export it again as odt... Leaving aside how unbelievably tiresome this is for the user, it is only even a possibility if the import and export functions are above reproach, which at this time is very very far from being the case! So far I have had problems with lost comments, bookmarks, formatting, page numbering, and "duplicate" pages appearing on import! This is especially the case with very large files, several hundred pages plus, and I am not the only one who has experienced these bugs.
One thing or the other : either somebody needs to take a close look at the import function and fix its bugs, or Drive needs overhauling to read odt files, the same way it reads doc files.
Could somebody from the Google Drive team please let us know what is currently being done towards fixing this?
Hoping for an answer soon,
Regards,
Mark.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Cneil81 1/25/13 3:35 AM
Not giving equal support for docx and odf is almost a deal breaker for me. It used to work just fine!

Docs is a product that gets worse and worse. About the time I began to learn CSS they took that ability away too.

Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Gill 1/25/13 3:56 AM
<<It used to work just fine!>> Yes, and taking away functionality is always a really BAD idea, Google.

<<About the time I began to learn CSS they took that ability away too.>> I still lament its loss. I wouldn't mind so much if there were a replacement way of defining styles including line and paragraph spacing.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Richie Gress 1/28/13 7:30 AM
Actually, the ODT file format itself is rather disappointing - I can only use LibreOffice to open files I create with LibreOffice, and the same with other software like abiword. The Document Foundation needs to publish a standard for odt's that everyone follows, so I can open odt's with any software, especially Drive, which will not do anything with the odt's I upload! ):
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Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? RowBot 1/31/13 2:56 PM
Come on Google.   Where's my odt support in Google Docs.  Not too impressed that you let this slip.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? csgeek 2/1/13 9:40 AM
I think the link changed, but either ways search for LibreOffice on their webstore and you'll find it.  That worked for me though I still wouldn't call it a solution.  

It's also a readonly solution.  
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? J-radd 2/27/13 9:58 AM
We miss it also.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Aditya Raj Bhatt 2/28/13 4:59 AM
Everyone try this chrome web store app. Works with Google Drive.


Opens .odt
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Corrado Topi 3/6/13 8:59 AM
Not really. Even MS Word opens ODT document.
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Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Paul SFS 3/24/13 3:36 PM
I want to say I think even though you can't open Open Document format in the browser (without converting) this is true of many file formats and Google Drive still works very well for keeping my files in the 'cloud'.

I use Mac and Linux. On Mac I've installed the Google Drive application, so I can open ODT files with LibreOffice from the Google Drive folder on my computer - Google Drive keeps them in sync. On Linux I can either use Insync to do the same thing, or use the 'Manage revisions' feature if I'm using a computer that doesn't have Insync installed.

I think it makes sense to use the full featured LibreOffice to edit ODT files rather than try and edit them in a browser, and I think the same principle applies to many other formats too. I could easily store Gimp XCF files on Google Drive to use the 'cloud' but I wouldn't expect to be able to edit them in a browser.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Marcool04 3/24/13 4:05 PM
In first instance Paul, I have to say I agree with you. The issue here is that everything Google have been building in the last few years, has been going towards making as many of the operations of a workstation handled through a browser, by server-side apps. The Chromebook and it's Chrome OS (see here) are built around that idea. So when you start to use a service like Google Drive, that pertains to open .doc fils server side and do everything you would expect to be able to do with them (edit, comment etc...), well it's kind of sad not to see Google push it that little bit further, and give support to that same app for the largely supported and used equivalent open source file format .odt. That's all. To use your analogy with GIMP, it's not a question of asking google to open .xcf, but something like if they already supported editing .bmp, asking them to support .jpg... Or something similar. Don't you agree?
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Paul SFS 3/25/13 6:27 AM
I agree partly. I would like to be able to view ODT files with the Google Drive Viewer as well as DOC files but you can't edit or comment on either format in the browser without converting to Google Docs format first - so it's pretty much the same support apart from viewing online.

If I choose to use ODT or DOC format I know I'm choosing to not be able to edit the document in the browser, but I can still store the 'master' copy in the 'cloud' and edit it with full featured office software installed locally.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Stefan Jobst 4/5/13 2:17 AM
As long as Google´s own format is not as feature-rich as the other formats, we still need the odf support.
More and more people are switching to Libre Office or Open Office, so please support this!
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Alex Windsor 5/23/13 9:16 AM
How come no google representative has reply'd yet?
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? dennismckernan 5/23/13 10:41 AM
Agreed, this is unacceptable.
We need another proprietary format like we need a hole in the head!
Google please re-add full support in Google Docs for OpenDocument format - and make it the default!
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Gill 5/24/13 3:30 AM
Can you work around this sad state of affairs using RTF?

I agree it is puzzling that there is no word from Google.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Иван Мишић 6/1/13 6:40 PM
They don't want to!!!!! ODT is ISO standardised and opensource. Everyone can use it.
But MS made their MS-XML, or something, wich is not free to use!
Google is starting to iritate me with changes and limitations. 
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Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? MarcoParkoDarko 6/17/13 1:23 PM
I do agree this would be a fantastic feature.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? EnyapEmearg 6/20/13 9:54 AM
Re: "The Document Foundation needs to publish a standard for odt's that everyone follows,"

Actually there is an international standard that applies. It is also one of the few that are available from ISO as a free electronic download. Of course, like all international standards, conformance to it is voluntary unless there is a contract, regulation or law that makes it mandatory. So Google could choose to follow the standard if they want to, or they can be like Microsoft and only offer imperfect import and "save as" capability.

ISO/IEC 26300:2006/Cor.1:2010 Technical Corrigendum 1 
ISO/IEC 26300:2006/Cor.2:2011 Technical Corrigendum 2 

All of the ISO standards which are available as free electronic downloads are listed at http://standards.iso.org/ittf/PubliclyAvailableStandards/index.html . Other international standards are available for purchase from the ISO web site (http://www.iso.org/iso/home/store/catalogue_ics.htm) or from your country's official representative to ISO (that is ANSI in the United Sates.) Note that in the ISO catalog the documents are priced in Swiss Francs (CHF). 

Notes:
  1. ISO is the official short form of the organization's name, International Organization for Standardization. "ISO" is NOT an acronym or abbreviation; it is an actual word. 
  2. ANSI is the American National Standards Institute
  3. A "corrigendum" is a list of error corrections to be applied to a document. 
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Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Alex Windsor 6/21/13 6:02 PM
Does bumping on google forums work?
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Chris Armbruster 8/30/13 10:39 PM
It does work with drive but there is a trick to viewing it. From the folder the file is stored in, click the tick box to select it. Next click the More button, and select open with. Select "Google Docs" and the file should open normally.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Remo Bussoli 9/9/13 12:14 AM
Yep...that works.. just wish we could not do with those couple of steps.

Thanks for your help.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? J-radd 9/9/13 7:54 AM
Probably not but since it's been over a year maybe another post will get attention from Google.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? George Puckett 10/17/13 8:50 AM
As  I posted here before....lots of stuff to have fun with but, when it comes to documents etc (IE the things that help pay the bills)..we seem to be abandoned. Yep if I was a computer geek I would be chuckling at us. Since I am not, well.......   Next thing you know, automobiles will require us to have Masters in Engineering, to be able to open the doors.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? George Puckett 10/17/13 9:05 AM
Inca,  Glad this worked for most. Didnt work for me because when I did the gear drop down, here was my choices:

Auto
Comfortable
Cozy
Compact
Help
Report an issue about Google Groups
Keyboard shortcuts
Seems these posts are nearly a year old.

Thanks!
George

Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Marco Masucci 10/22/13 2:19 PM
Google come on. Let we use ODF
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Andy Yates 11/22/13 3:55 AM
Just wanting to add my voice (and that of the ~3000 Google Apps for Business users I represent) to this. I realise we can convert documents back and forth when we upload - but having a viewer (or automatic conversion on view) would really help things along.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? FrazerKirkman 11/25/13 6:58 PM
Thanks for this.  It solves the problem for me.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Danturti Appala Narasimha Rao 12/1/13 9:06 PM
I find absolutely dissatisfied with the google that won't allow viewing and reading the documents sent on account of recent changes.
Many messages have to be read and deleted as there is no need to download or worth saving to cloud. I want to revert to the old method. How to do it, I am not aware.

regards,
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Martin Camille 12/18/13 9:21 PM
I not only want to READ odt files, I want to be able to edit them and write them.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Felicity_BB 12/19/13 1:11 AM
To edit odt files in Google Drive, see this help page to convert your files to Google Docs format for online editing. You can also create an odt file from a Drive file by using File --> Download options in the document.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Felicity_BB 12/19/13 1:12 AM
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? RUSHOLME 12/26/13 6:46 AM
I hope Google decides to support the open document format across their services.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? e m recio 1/4/14 5:25 PM
yeah, I might be a little late for the game, but I agree completely. This is ridiculous, particularly because they already supported it before.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Guy Béchet 1/13/14 3:15 AM
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? terryaaa 1/13/14 11:23 AM
What are you converting ? Google docs has to first share an odt doc before you can convert it!  My associates don't even get it and google docs gives me no hint that it did not go!  I have been watching this string for six months now. CLEARLY, A "BUDDIES WITH microsoft MOVE! Have been asked to find a replacement. Just been told "shut'er down."
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? terryaaa 1/13/14 11:23 AM
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Martin Camille 1/13/14 11:34 AM
Same here! As I do not work with Microsoft products and only use OpenOffice, LibreOffice, or Calligra, and the like, I am unable to make use of Google Docs.
It would be nice to be able to work together in Google Drive, but Google decided to only want Windoze users and Mac users, and leave their linux customers behind,and also those on Windoze, who prefer to work in Openoffice, Libreoffice and other Office suits with open document formats.

Converting the formats does not work, as it changes the formatting and ruins the layouts of the documents.

I hope, that either Google picks up their slack, or that there will be other cloud services providing some healthy and much needed competition.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? trogau 1/31/14 9:07 AM
Note: if you put an ODT file in Google Drive and then left click it from the Google Docs interface, you'll get the "no preview available" error.

If you right click the file in Google Docs, you can select Open With -> Google Docs, and the ODT should open fine.

The default left-click action changed recently so it tries to do Quick View by default, which gives that somewhat confusing error message (which made me come here). You can still open/edit files as normal though - just not Quick View then.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Mike G Smith 1/31/14 12:48 PM
The following solution worked for me: install a third-party app on Google Drive. I right-clicked on an ODT file on my Google Drive. Then selected following from descending menus: Open with > Connect more apps ... That produced a pop-up screen of (apparently) approved third-party apps for Google Drive. Scrolling down the pop-up screen, I located and clicked on the app labeled "OpenOffice Document Reader." That installed the app. Now when I right-click on an odt/ods file, and select Open with >, the available options include "OpenDocument Reader." This app does indeed provide a view of my odt/ods files from Google Drive on the web.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Mike G Smith 1/31/14 1:34 PM
Install the third-party app, "OpenDocument Reader." Right-click on an ODT file. Select "Open with > Connect more apps." From pop-up screen scroll down to find "OpenOffice Document Reader," and click on it, installing it in the Chrome Browser. Now when you right-click an ODT/ODS file and select "Open with >", the options will include "OpenDocument Reader."
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Sabine H. 1/31/14 2:07 PM
BUT the file cannot be edited in Open Document Format, just looking at it is pretty useless.
If i convert the format, I get formatting errors, and the document does not look like the original.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Luca Barbato 2/21/14 11:48 AM
Looks between bad and worse. I wonder why it is taking that much.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? CRB2000 2/22/14 8:10 AM
Looks like if I keep an old style sheet in my drive i can upload .ods and copy to new location and it transfers fine..but what a pain in the ARSE! #thanksgoogle
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? gunjanthesystem 2/25/14 5:28 AM
i am so disappointed with no viewing support in google docs for .odt files. :(
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? TZiadyPicasa 2/25/14 11:11 PM
Thanks...I was starting to get worried. Lol...Not used to right clicking on webpages made this a little un-intuitive as I was looking for something by checking and under more. Thank you so much. I feel like a retard but atleast I can now get, see, and edit my files.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? pnamnus 3/6/14 10:01 AM
In the last couple of days I have been able to upload .odt and .ods files to Drive and have them converted to native Drive format files. Perhaps this means these files are now supported again.
Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? pnamnus 3/6/14 10:08 AM
Looks like .odt and .ods are being converted to native Drive files again.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Sabine H. 3/6/14 10:36 AM
Well, that is really bad. When will GOOGLE allow us to work with ODT formats in Drive?
It is unacceptable, that Google converts our documents to a different format.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Sabine H. 3/6/14 10:37 AM
If these files were supported, they would not be converted to another format.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Sabine H. 3/6/14 10:40 AM
There is "viewing support" in Google docs for odf files. However, that is all, there is NO odf format support as such in Google, Google just converts the files to another format, and this is unacceptable.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Sabine H. 3/6/14 10:43 AM
Google offers conversion options. BUT just viewing a file in another format, does not allow people to edit a file inside Google docs in odf format.

Converting files to a different (Microsoft) format is NOT support for odf format. Google should leave documents in odf format and have them editable in odf format.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Gill 3/6/14 12:27 PM
<<Converting files to a different (Microsoft) format is NOT support for odf format. Google should leave documents in odf format and have them editable in odf format.>> I don't believe that has ever been supported,
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? RowBot 3/6/14 4:17 PM
I right clicked an odt file in Drive and selected open with Google Docs.  I can edit the file but the format is a little messed.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Nathan Eddington 3/13/14 6:32 AM
This solution works for those having this issue on Chrome OS, and is also the first solution I've found that doesn't require the installation of some 3rd party extension.

Thanks!
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Sabine H. 3/13/14 8:06 AM
Exactly! (Lots of formatting issues, besides the rather cumbersome process).

It would be nice, if there was complete LibreOffice integration in Google Drive for seamless transitioning between desktop and cloud.

I am surprised at the lackof effort in this regard, as this would surely enhance the functionality anf usability of Google docs.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Lars Helgeson 3/18/14 5:22 AM
Converting  a document from .ODT to Google Docs format is NOT AN ANSWER!!  This approach is never going to be satisfactory because everytime you convert it from one format to another, you are going to lose formatting, images, etc.  It is guaranteed!  If you have a one page letter or small document, it may not be a big deal, but take a 20+ page document and see how long it takes you to comb through every paragraph to fix the formatting.  Then if you want to send it to someone else that is NOT on Google Docs, repeat the process after each iteration.  This approach is only workable, if you are going to convert all of your content to Google Docs and then never go back. 

If this is Google's objective, then they are taking the exact same path as, and are no less proprietary than Microsoft. 

Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Archive Parallel Line 3/23/14 4:09 AM
This absolutely incorrect because the conversion works in one direction (From LibreOffice file format -> Google driver file format)!!!
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Sabine H. 3/23/14 4:38 AM
Yes, you are right, files get converted from LibreOffice to Microsoft/Google Drive format, albeit with some formatting errors.

However, some people would rather stay with LibreOffice format, and do not want to convert it back and forth all the time. 

I am still hoping for complete Libreoffice integartion in the future. This would serve us, who are using OpenOffice/LibreOffice and derivatives best.
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? vdmh 3/23/14 8:41 AM
I am also waiting for native ODF to be supported in Google Drive - this way you could use any fully-featured desktop editort (LibreOffice. MS Word for that matter) on a desktop, or Google Docs online.

Intriguingly, the latest version of Microsoft OneDrive/Office Online allows you to default to OpenOffice format....one ahead of Google!!
Re: Whatever happened to Open Document file format support? Sabine H. 3/23/14 9:49 AM
That is very interesting! Thank you for this information!
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