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PostSubject: Converting MS Word documents to PDF?   Sun 15 Nov 2009 - 2:16

I was wondering if anyone here knew a good cheap (free?) program to
convert MS Word documents to PDF documents. I know open office can, but
it causes havoc with my layout.

Any thoughts?

Edit: Oh and this is so I can release alittle something for Mordheim, so not entirely off topic Smile

Edit 2: And maybe I'll put it in the right forum
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PostSubject: Re: Converting MS Word documents to PDF?   Sun 15 Nov 2009 - 2:16

Primo PDF is okay. Its a free download and it works like a print-driver. Once you have installed it you click Print and chose Primo PDF as the printer.

I think Adobe might do a plug in for Word that is available from Microsoft's website as well. I'm not sure if it's free...
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PostSubject: Re: Converting MS Word documents to PDF?   Sun 15 Nov 2009 - 2:34

As long as your word is new go;

file,
save as,
PDF or XPS

otherwise just go to google "pdf converter" should bring up something I'd hope.
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PostSubject: Re: Converting MS Word documents to PDF?   Sun 15 Nov 2009 - 3:51

Depends on which OS you are using. If you have WinXP or Vista, you can download the freeware FreePDF.

It works like virtual printer (see Primo PDF above) and is free.

You will need to install ghostscript too (it's explained in the readme/installation process)

Works perfectly for me.

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PostSubject: Re: Converting MS Word documents to PDF?   Sun 15 Nov 2009 - 3:56

Admin Tom wrote:
Works perfectly for me.

Nearly perfectly for me. In ebook mode (low quality) Ghostscript crashes when trying to compress certain image types (was that PNG?). You probably won't encounter any problems unless you mess with the settings and try to achieve specific things. In general, it is great and does work great.

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PostSubject: Re: Converting MS Word documents to PDF?   Sun 15 Nov 2009 - 4:13

Or you could just ditch that whole word thing, and make sure your stuff always looks spiffy as can be, by using Indesign! Smile not that hard to learn, and guaranteed to have good results, and a lot of different options for saving as PDF, and great importing options (any type of file basically) and it will not screw up your layout... - yeah, I truly hate word... on a professional level...

But if you don't feel like that, the options stated above are great indeed.
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PostSubject: Re: Converting MS Word documents to PDF?   Fri 20 Nov 2009 - 6:16

I ditched M$ Word a long time ago and use the free version of Star Office, called OpenOffice (http://www.openoffice.org/). It has a nice PDF converter included - all the PDFs at http://sites.google.com/site/wyldhaunt/games-workshop/mordheim were originally created in OpenOffice Writer.

Of course, now that Oracle has taken over Sun Microsystems, I'm not sure whether OpenOffice will survive - see http://education.zdnet.com/?p=2452.
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PostSubject: Re: Converting MS Word documents to PDF?   Fri 20 Nov 2009 - 7:04

you can download CutePDF thats good. It installs, and then writes as if you were printing.

Or you could just go open office! and its inbuilt! ;-)
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