Converting MSWord Docs to PDF

Andrew McLean andrew-news at
Tue Oct 10 21:23:39 CEST 2006

Steve Holden wrote:
> If that *isn't* satisfactory then a modest investment in Adobe 
> Acrobat/Distiller plus the use of Python's scripting facilities to 
> direct the conversion would be preferable to spending a huge amount of 
> time writing a hand-crafted solution.

An alternative to Adobe Distiller (part of Acrobat) is PDFCreator

which is free. This installs as a Windows printer (using GhostScript as 
a backend to generate PDFs). It should be relatively straightforward to 
use Python scripting to drive Word to "print" documents to the 
PDFCreator pseudo-printer.

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