Convert Word to PDF

Posted on 2003-02-25
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Last Modified: 2013-12-02
Is there a FREE way to convert a Word Document into read-only Adobe Acrobat .PDF format using Access 2000 / VBA?

Some sample code or good web links would be nice.
Question by:Tom Knowlton
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mrstick earned 400 total points
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This is a link to some shareware utils, I guess it depends how much you want to use the stuff....


This list contains standard convertors to one that is specifically for Access called MDB2PDF PDF Converter

Have never used any of them, so I can't comment on their functionality I'm afraid.


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there are no LEGAL freeware utilities performing such an action; however, there are some shareware (but not necessarily are they all LEGAL) utilities out there that are cheaper than Adobe Acrobat itself (which actually puts a toolbar in word for easy conversion).

here is an example of the "cheap" ($120) version of shareware:
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*** p.s., the reason for the no legal freeware utilities is because Adobe has put a patent-like thing on pdf, giving them the rights to making it - and them alone.

still, you will find shareware activites around...


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There is a freeware software called GhostView.  Check it out using Google.com.  It's a little tedious to generate PDF as I need to print out to file using a Postscript printer driver.  Ghostview will convert the *.ps (postscript) file to PDF.  

Have a go at it.


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well, would you look at that! however, now we need to find a converter for doc to ps... <g>

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by:Tom Knowlton
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I need something I can call using Visual Basic for Applications from inside an Access 2000 client.  I envision this as a .DLL I can add via Tools  |  References in the VBA source code.

I will take either freeware or third-party components.

The most useful recommendations would be from people who have actually USED the components and can confidently recommend them to me.

I think the max I want to pay is $200

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by:Tom Knowlton
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Thank you everyone.

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