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Converting Office Documents to PDF

Boss said: Drop everything (but Boss, I will loose more than a half an our of initializing, if I drop writing this function now - and will also spend at least 15 minutes on JOS to recover from a new reality! - do it anyway!) and find out how to convert lots and lots of Office Documents to PDF in a batch manner on a server without Microsoft Office installed.

Does anyone know of a product that will do this?
Has anyone had any experiance with converting Excel sheets? Wouldn't they just look like crap, same as if they are printed?

DarenThomas
Monday, February 09, 2004

OpenOffice's word processor a) can open MS Office documents, b) can save documents as PDF with one click c) has a macro language. Don't know whether this can be put together to write a MS->PDF batch, though.

- Roland
Monday, February 09, 2004

Go2PDF can do what your boss required.

Elmyra
Monday, February 09, 2004

Go2PDF doesn't fullfill the most important requirement: WITHOUT an installation of MS Office.

There are thousands of PDF-Printers out there (believe me, I'm crawling through each and every one) but hardly any have built-in support for MS Office-Documents.

I was also thinking of the OOo sollution. But I think the problem is installing ANY office product (MS or not).

Daren Thomas
Monday, February 09, 2004

From another PC /with/ Office installed, just print them to PDF using CutePDF. It acts just like a printer but produces a PDF instead. It should be possible to write a program which bind the process together.


Monday, February 09, 2004

Daren - he only said the /server/ can't have Office installed, right?


Monday, February 09, 2004

Right. But that won't really do - we don't want the user to have to know about all of this. This will all be part of an archiving solution, and we don't quite know how to fit the parts together...

Daren Thomas
Monday, February 09, 2004

http://www.activepdf.com

Batch conversion of umptyump numbers different file formats, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint.

Simon Lucy
Monday, February 09, 2004

Quick links

http://www.softpile.com/Business/Text_Utilities/Review_15125_index.html

http://www.eprintdriver.com/

and an online resource

http://www.gohtm.com/

Indian Developer in India
Monday, February 09, 2004

We use the Adlib eXpress Server, which is designed to work unattended on a server, and without requiring Office installed. The document fidelity is better if Office is installed, but it's not required (and, in my experience, the fidelity is very good even without Office).

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Monday, February 09, 2004

http://www.adlibsys.com/1-2.html

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Monday, February 09, 2004

check out this website:
http://doc2pdf.net

pdf man
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

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