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Alba is an extension for OOo Writer. It simplifies work with documents, containing pages with different layouts. The window with options for inserting pages with a landscape or portrait layout opens after choosing menu item "Insert" - "Landscape/Portrait..." This extension creates pages with styles "_style_ L_Alba" (for landscape pages) and "_style_ P_Alba" (for portrait pages) and manages them.
Note that "section" in Alba is not "section" in OOo - "section" here is one or few pages between 2 page breaks where page style changes. If document has not page breaks - whole document will be a "section".

OOo version 2.4.0 and higher recommended.
English, French, Italian, Hungarian, Russian and Ukranian localisations are available.

Versions since 1.4.1 will not work correctly with styles, that were created with version 1.4.0
Read version 1.4.1 description


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1.4.6 System Independent -- 25/03/2009 - 07:14 More information Download
1.4.5 System Independent -- 07/10/2008 - 13:42 More information Download
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1.4.3 System Independent -- 31/08/2008 - 10:07 More information Download
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Thanks, this extension makes it much easier to handle the creation of documents with mixed orientation. Unfortunately it seems landscape pages keep the same margins as portrait, rather than swapping page setup's top => landscape right, setup's right => landscape bottom, etc. In my case the result is an odd-looking document area that is much smaller than need be.

for reference, the page margins are 1.5" for the sides, and 1" for top/bottom.


I am getting an error message already mentioned :

I'm not sure where the problem is, but I'm getting the following error message when I click on Insert: Landcape/Portrait.

A Scripting Framework error occurred while running the Basic script

Message: The following Basic script could not be found:
library: 'Alb'
module: 'Album'
method: 'landscape'
location: 'application'

Restarting the writer is useless. Can anyone tell me how to fix it, being able to switch to landscape from page easily is quite appealling.

i got that error too. I don`t know what to do either. Did you found out how to resolve it ? cheers

it does't seem to work on 3.2.1

ALBA is just amazing. OO misses some simple functions, yet so much needed. I spent hours and hours exporting documents in PDF and then using PDF-Shuffler to put everything in order.
Another function that is missing from OO is that of inserting blank pages. I think ALBA, with some slight modification, will do the job. What is really needed is the option to add a blank page before the one you are on.
Thanks anyway!

I can't believe how hard this is using Open Office, Alba saved me! Thanks!

I just installed this extension after reading rave reviews.

I'm not sure where the problem is, but I'm getting the following error message when I click on Insert: Landcape/Portrait.

A Scripting Framework error occurred while running the Basic script

Message: The following Basic script could not be found:
library: 'Alb'
module: 'Album'
method: 'landscape'
location: 'application'

I also faced the same problem. SOMeone mentioned that simply restarting OpenOffice solved the issue.

But my solution was slightly longer. I had to restart OpenOffice, then open the document I was working on from inside OpenOffice (as opposed to simply doubleclicking on it).


1. Abrir "Writer" de
2. Dar clic en el menú "Tools" (Herramientas), submenú "Extension manager" (Administrador de extensiones)
3. Agregar la extensión dando clic en el botón correspondiente
4. Esperar a que la extensión se instale


La extensión crea un nuevo submenú llamado "Landscape/Portrait"

Dicho submenú es accesible a través del menú "Insert" (Insertar)

Hay varias formas de cambiar la orientación de una página, pero la que resulta más sencilla es la siguiente (opinión personal):

1. Seleccionar el texto que se requiere colocar en una hoja con diferente orientación (Ej. Si el documento se encuentra en una hoja vertical, elegir el o los párrafos que deberán incluirse en una hoja horizontal).

2. Ingresar al submenú: Insert->Landscape/Portrait

3.En la ventana que se abra, elegir la opción "Create a landscape page from the selection"

Si el texto seleccionado se encuentra en una página horizontal, la leyenda correspondiente será "Create a portrait page from the selection"

4. El texto aparecerá en la orientación deseada, por lo que sólo resta verificar si hay algo que deba arreglarse de forma manual.


En este enlace podeis encontrar la extensión traducida al español.

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I would like to translate the extension to spanish, but I do not know what kind of data do you need to tranlate.

Please contact me: chkur {at}

will alba allow me to change a page orientation to landscape and still have the header and footer for that page in portrait format because the rest of the document is in portrait ?

i need to have all headers and footers consistent.

only the "big table" sections need to be in landscape.

any suggestions / comments / guidance is much appreciated.

i am downloading oo 3.0 i was using oo 2.1 but i guess alba will not work with that version :(

thanks and wishing everybody a fantastic year
aman gopal

Alba works with OOo3.0. So you can download Alba and try it. Alba will not change your text, headers, footers etc. All that will be changed is page orientation :)

Great add on! Make changing page orientation a snap.

I have discovered, trying, that once inserted a Landscape page with Alba extension, you can easily change the format of only that page, for example from A4 to A3. This is very useful, in my experience, because it allows you to enter, into a standard document with, for example, pages in A4, one or more horizontal sheets of A3 size, with large tables or drawings. With Alba it's very simple, without Alba I never was able to do it!

It's great in my opinion. With Alba you can do, with one or two mouse click, something that is very difficult to do with OpenOffice Writer: change the page orientation of one or more pages inside a document.
I often have to insert, within a document, pages that contain perhaps horizontal large tables or drawings, and it's very very difficult to do. With Alba it's a matter of a few mouse click!!!
Great, really!!!!