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Topic: Re: Dynamic PDF documents
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 56932
From: LeonardR
Date: 5/29/2002 05:22 PM

At 9:21 AM -0400 6/30/00, p-pdf-developer Listmanager wrote:
> 2. Convert the .doc documents into RTF documents and
> then manipulate them under Unix (through
> StarOffice or with our own tools written in
> shell). The problem is then to convert the RTF
> Files into PDF. I can use POSTSCRIPT as an
> intermediate but I didn't find a good RTF TO
> POSTSCRIPT converter. The result is always very
> bad.

Try AbiWord () and open source word
processor that reads .doc and .rtf files and outputs Postscript (that
could then be fed to Distiller or Ghostscript).

> 3. Use LaTeX as an intermediate. I should then
> manipulate the LaTeX files and then add the rows
> needed, add data, etc.
> The problem is that I can't find LaTeX converters
> which is able to deal with my RTF, DOC or PDF (I
> have tried many but the result is always very
> poor). I would be too long to write the document
> under LaTeX.

pdfTeX () does a
nice job of producing PDF from TeX, as well as incorporate some (or
all) of existing PDF documents into new TeX/PDF documents.

>Does anyone has a solution for me ? Thank you very
>very much in advance.
What about moving the .doc files to HTML (either with Word
itself or something like wvHTML ()), then
write some tools to fill in the HTML files with your data, and then
convert HTML to PDF using either HTMLDoc
(<>) or html2ps


Leonard Rosenthol
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Digital Applications (215) 440-0504 (fax)

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