Re: Word document viewers

Subject: Re: Word document viewers
From: "Trainor,Kathleen" <trainoka -at- AMS -dot- IIX -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 1996 09:06:00 -0600

Jay Stockbridge wrote:

<I have been asked to come up with a way to make these documents available
to company personnel on-line, over a network.
The manuals must look on the screen the same as they do in hard-copy,
except for the inclusion of hyperlinks for navigation.>


I recently began using Adobe Acrobat. I use it to convert my word
processing files to .pdf (Portable Document Format) files. I can then add
hypertext links within and across files. It is remarkably easy to use.
(Note: I happen to use Word 6.0, but it converts any word processing files.)

Adobe Acrobat comes with a freely distributable reader, which lets my users
view, navigate through, and print the PDF files on any Windows system (and
it makes no difference what word processing package they have). I believe it
also works on Macintosh, UNIX, and DOS, but I don't know the particulars.

The on-screen "pages" in the PDF files look just like the printed pages in
my manuals. The pages print exactly as they look on-screen.

If you decide to use Adobe Acrobat, you may want to check out Compose
(Software Partners, Inc.). It's a plug-in that automates some of the linking
and bookmarking tasks. One of the Compose features that intrigues me is that
it supposedly lets users select documents by title (e.g., "How to Enter a
Claim"), rather than by DOS file name (e.g., "claim.pdf"). I don't have
Compose yet, but perhaps someone out there can give us the pros and cons..

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