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Old 07-09-2003, 06:05 PM   #1
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Question Convertible... Converts.... No Wait - I know! Conversion Utilites (TXT/PDF)

I'm back! hopefully somebody is tuning in to this channel :-) cause I could do with a little help from my friends!

To further a charity project I am involved in, I am looking for a Linux based utility that is able to convert a native DOS text to PDF

The text is written in Codepage 850 and contains control codes i.e. special characters that no regular wordproccessor I know seems to like... (I wonder why - I kinda like em)

I need to convert the text file and have it looking the same, or at the least looking very very close to the way I am able to display it using a little text viewer utility.

The utility incidentally is written in Linux then compiled to run in Win98 ;-)

Why PDF - well the PDF format is readable by.... a heck of a lot more people than the text file is now!

Furthermore I might need to produce similar text based files for up to nine CP850 based languages.

But most importantly the PDF will be printable by most anyone anywhere using virtually any OS - Yes I know the text file should be as well but people prefer the lazy approach... Don't we all?
Old 07-09-2003, 06:38 PM   #2
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If you don't need a batch-tool, just
use openoffice and "print" to a pdf-file...

Old 07-09-2003, 06:55 PM   #3
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Alas I have already been there - OpenOffice didn't like the encoding of my text file and misrepresented several characters - a layout change I could live with - But each and every character must be correctly represented there can be no compromise there.

With regards to the program in question I can inform you that I have also experienced problems with rtf files when loading them into OpenOffice and even though I am a big fan of OpenOffice I regret to say that the conversion protocols still need some tweaking - Then again we're not just talking standard documents :-)
Old 07-09-2003, 07:01 PM   #4
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Have you tried other language packages?
I mean for the editor you are trying to use in linux?
The characters may be used in another language......
Old 08-30-2003, 02:41 PM   #5
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Well the problem was fixed - not too pretty.

But the display utility was reprogrammed in order to enable it to spit out a series of BMP's.

The BMP's were then thrown into OpenOffice and a PDF was created...

Now a PDF exists...

Ah well - Problem solved!


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