Convert Word .doc to Acrobat .pdf files

Duncan Booth duncan.booth at invalid.invalid
Thu Mar 23 16:26:22 CET 2006

kbperry wrote:

> Hi all,
> Background:
> I need some help.  I am trying to streamline a process for one of our
> technical writers.  He is using Perforce (version control system), and
> is constantly changing his word documents, and then converts them to
> both .pdf and "Web page" format (to publish to the web).  He has a
> licensed copy of Adobe Acrobat Professional (7.x).
> Questions:
> Does Acrobat Pro, have some way to interface with it command-line (I
> tried searching, but couldn't find anything)?  Is there any other good
> way to script word to pdf conversion?

As I remember, Acrobat monitors a directory and converts anything it
finds there, so you don't need to script Acrobat at all, just script
printing the documents. However, it sounds as though you are talking
about running Acrobat on a server and his license probably doesn't
permit that. 

Alternatively use OpenOffice: it will convert word documents to
pdf or html and can be scripted in Python.

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