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Download OpenOffice for whatever OS you would like to use and install it
Okay, I only have Win95, so the 1.0.x version is the only one I can install.
Go to the ooolib web site on sourceforge and download/install it. This will make OpenOffice's API accessible to perl.
Okay, will do. :)
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.
Okay, I don't know how this all fits together with Perl (because I noticed 'ooolib' is a Perl library). No doubt OpenOffice must spawn a Perl process, I don't know ??
Btw. OpenOffice does automatically open Word files
I do have Word 2000, as part of Office Developer 2000 suite, but I can see it will not help me, but your solution will. The reason I need to do this is everytime a client wants me to update his catalogue on the website, I can change it in Word, but there is also a PDF catalog on the website, which of course also needs updating. He (the client) has the tools (Adobe) to convert the new catalog from Word --> PDF, but I don't. I usually have to ask him 10 to 15 times to convert it, even though it's a 5 min job. So, this gets rather a pain in the ..., after a while, and I would ideally like to do this:
1. Have the 'catalog' on the website in HTML format.
I know I have seen a Perl module to do step 2, don't know if there is a Perl module to go HTML --> PDF though.