Overview can now read most file formats directly

Previously, Overview could only read PDF files. (You can also import all documents in a single CSV file, or import a project from DocumentCloud.)

Starting today, you can directly upload documents in a wide variety of file formats. Simply add the files — or entire folders — using the usual file upload page.

Note that the “Add all files in a folder” button is only available when you are using the Google Chrome browser, due to limitations in browser support for this feature.

Overview will automatically detect the file type and extract the text. Your document will be displayed as a PDF in your browser when you view it. Overview supports a wide variety of formats, including:

  • PDF
  • HTML
  • Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt and .pptx)
  • plain text, and also rich text (.rtf)

For a full list, see the file formats that LibreOffice can read.