Re: Word to PDF conversion tool

Subject: Re: Word to PDF conversion tool
From: Mike Stockman <mstockman -at- mac -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2004 20:48:01 -0500

I'm not positive about the bookmark issue, but I can help with the batch
command line Word to PDF conversion. A very, very generous person out
there wrote a Visual Basic script that will run from the command line
and, as long as Word and Distiller are both installed, will convert Word
docs to PDF in batch:


I downloaded his script and then wrote a separate script (as a batch
file) that builds a list of documents to convert, then calls his VBS
script to do the actual work, but you may find other ways to take
advantage of the author's generosity.

I didn't need to try this, but I'd guess that if you didn't have Adobe
Acrobat, you might be able to convert the script to have Word print to
PostScript and run the results through Ghostscript's ps2pdf utilities,
although you definitely wouldn't get the bookmarks in that case.

It's the only free Word-to-PDF conversion automation tool I was able to
find, so I hope it's as useful to you as it has been to me.


On 02/20/2004 12:09 PM, James Monaghan (jpmonaghan -at- sympatico -dot- ca) wrote:

>I am looking for a tool that will convert Word document to PDF. An
>essential requirment is to convert Word styles to PDF bookmarks. The
>company I am at also needs to convert a large number of documents to PDF,
>likely on a daily basis. Therefore, we need to batch process this
>conversion, using command line.

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