Convert Word .doc to Acrobat .pdf files

Rune Strand rune.strand at
Wed Mar 29 01:25:43 CEST 2006

kbperry wrote:
> 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?
> Note:  The word documents do contain images, and lots of stuff besides
> just text.

The Acrobat Distiller installs (or van install) a Word VBS macro which
allows Word to Save As .PDF. It's easy to call from Python:

doc = "somefile.doc"
import win32com.client

# Create COM-object
wordapp = win32com.client.gencache.EnsureDispatch("Word.Application")

wordapp.Run("'!CreatePDFAndCloseDoc")  # the name of the macro for
Acrobat 6.0

You'll probably wrap this in more logic, but it works.

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