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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.
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This is a link to some shareware utils, I guess it depends how much you want to use the stuff....

http://www.softlandmark.com/PDFTools2.htm

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.

HTH

Carl
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by:nexusnation
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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:
http://www.convertzone.com/doc2pdf/help.htm
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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...

Cheers,

Andrew
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Hi

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.

-richard

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by:nexusnation
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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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