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Sorry to say it, I've followed the tutorials, written documents using latex, used epstopdf, pdflatex etc., but none of them actually work. One of the tutorials actually says "use Windows Acrobat for making PDF documents"!
This is a real sticking point for me. I'm prepared to learn how to use latex and tetex instead of using word and acrobat for Windows but what's the point if they don't actually do the job?
This is a big reason why I haven't deleted my Windows partition yet.
Can anyone relay experiences / success stories on this?
The OO PDF driver essentially frontends ps2pdf. That's main cause of my problem. I can't quite see how the PDFWriter for Office prints great quality PDF (probably because it's made by the same company!) but the Linux equivalent is such poor quality.
PDFWriter and PDFDistiller are actually wrtten by Adobe not Microsoft and are general tools not tied to Word. From my experience the best conversion from an word processor was from Lotus WordPro (I've used them all as part of my job.)
It's interesting that job recommends LaTeX - a PDF is of course an output format, and the aim I suppose is that from the LaTeX, you can output to .ps, .dvi etc. etc. but actually XML has taken over the role of describing documents with IBM PDF tools.
Scribus is the de-facto solution to this problem, if you don't want the additional step of using meta information for your document.