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Support for previewing ODF files

Support for previewing ODF files

Álvaro F.
Explorer | Level 4

Hello:

Me, and my company, work only with ODF files (created by Libreoffice). So, we couldn't use Dropbox, because of we need a solution where we can view these kind of files on browser app and, for example, mobile apps, and not only in the device. We use Box instead of Dropbox only for this reason, but the offer of Dropbox is better (prices and storage). When Dropbox will work with this kind of files?

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Marco P.
New member | Level 1

Hi Álvaro, 

Thanks for writing in our Forum!

Unfortunately, currently Dropbox doesn't preview ODF files either on mobile devices or the website. Here are the types of files currently previewed:  

https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/80

We value user input immensely and are always working on improving our service and adding new features and functionality.

I'll make sure to pass your feedback along to the appropriate people so that they are aware.

Thanks for using Dropbox!

SwanCobb
Collaborator | Level 10

I thought Microsoft Word support ODF (Open Document Format)? You can not open it using Word?

Álvaro F.
Explorer | Level 4

Thanks for your replies. I can open it using Libreoffice in my computer, but not in the webapp or mobile apps, as I've said.

SwanCobb
Collaborator | Level 10

You need a mobile app that can open ODF -- If not Microsoft Word, then something else you can download. You're right... Dropbox Web Viewer may not support it unless you have a browser extension that knows how to handle that file type since Dropbox doesn't have an internal viewer for it yet.

Daamon P.
New member | Level 2

Dropbox - feedback related to this thread: You're promoting the install of Microsoft Office Excel on iOS so that files stored in Dropbox can be opened. The current version of Excel on iOS is a staggering 324Mb!!! And that's Excel alone...

I use LibreOffice on  my PC / laptop and they're developing an iOS app (end filesize remains to be seen) but in the meantime I use the Smart Office 2 app which is just over 40Mb.

Short version: You need to consider alternatives to Excel apps to open files stored in Dropbox for mobile users - the ODF format for OpenOffice / LibreOffice, or even opening XLS / XLSX in these apps when they come.

L. Danny
New member | Level 2

Open document format (ODFs) are document formats that are getting more and more important, and they have been adapted by the governments of many countries as the standard official document format.

However, in the meantime, there is still no good apps on Android or iOS that can effectively open ODFs (there ARE apps that can open ODFs, but most of them are either damn slow or cannot display correctly).

Since OPFs are no least important than MS office files, hope you can support viewing ODFs just like you support MS documents. Please.

 

macribas
Dropboxer

Yes, you can preview LibreOffice documents (Open Document Format) with Dropbox on the web.

 

Here is the list of file types that can be previewed on dropbox.com:

https://www.dropbox.com/help/files-folders/file-types-that-preview

 

As far as mobile apps go, currently you can only view .odt files in the Android version. 

 

Daphne
Dropboxer

This idea is going to need a bit more support.

We've updated the status to encourage more users to back you up!

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