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Old 05-23-2003, 05:17 PM   #1
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Converting *.doc or *.rtf to PDF files

I' d like to know if there is any resource that allows me to convert *.doc or *.rtf documents to PDF files
Old 05-23-2003, 06:20 PM   #2
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Openoffice can do that:
- File->Print
- Select "Print to file"
- choose name and "PDF" as the "File type"
- Save
Old 05-26-2003, 11:04 AM   #3
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Converting *.doc or *.rtf to PDF files


Sorry but I think I didn't explain the whole question. In fact I need convert DOC and RTF files automatcly. I suposed I should use the OpenOffice's API. I've already visited, but I haven't found any information about it. The real question is how can I use that API in order to apply your sugestion.

Old 09-09-2003, 10:25 PM   #4
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RTF...No Problem.

Use Mark de Does' Ted (, an rpm is available.

I do this on a FreeBSD/Apache production web server. Several users responsible for document creation use Word then save as RTF. They use predetermined strings to identify dynamic text.

This is then parsed in a custom parsing class to basically str_replace each of the variables. From there the finished RTF is passed through (I use exec() from within my PHP script). I then either pass a link back to the user or fopen and stream the PDF to the user. It works well.

I recommend users use Wordpad since the RTF is simpler and well supported by Ted. As for .doc...I haven't researched that since rtf solved my problem.
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The first reply is not an error. Open office can be automated with various scripting languages by using the UNO interface.

The level of automation possible is very general: We have python scripts that load a document, find some tables by searching for given formatting, create blank rows in those tables, fetch contents for the new rows from a database and save the result as PDF with a formatted schedule of values matching an industry standard form.

That said, OOo is a big, heavy server component, and I would like to play with something that runs nicely from the command line. I have a Linux environment in mind for final deployment, but my current test data is on Windows box. Is there a version of Ted compiled for Windows anywhere?
Old 12-06-2006, 11:37 AM   #6
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If I recall TED uses a script for conversion before loading the file. You could probably run it under windows using a bash.exe program like that in msys.
Old 12-08-2006, 07:12 AM   #7
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you can do nearly anything using cygwin on a windows machine on windows data.
then of course you can transfer directly over to real *nix.
I do this quite a lot myself.
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Hi, Paulo Ges.

There are a few articles that may help isolate utilities to read doc and rtf files. If the ones listed below do not serve, Googling for "linux convert microsoft word pdf" produces above 1M hits.

The first one is a thread that discusses a problem similar to the one you posted, and has some specifics.

The second includes wvWare, which I have not used ... best wishes ... cheers, makyo


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