After a bit of research I found a solution that just might do it for you:
- Download OpenOffice for whatever OS you would like to use and install it.
- Go to the ooolib web site on sourceforge and download/install it. This will make OpenOffice's API accessible to perl.
- In OpenOffice you can "Print to File" and set the filetype to "PDF". You just have to find out how to access this functions from the ooolib level.
Btw. OpenOffice does automatically open Word files.
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