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How to automatically print or convert to PDF, MS Office or other formats OpenDoc

Oct 21, 2010, 18:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to M. Fioretti for this link. ]

"The script and tricks in the ODF scripting section of this website show how to create office-ready texts, presentations and spreadsheets automatically, in the OpenDocument format, which is a worldwide standards. This is all many people need to work today. Sometimes, however, it's still necessary to either print those documents, or exchange them to somebody in other formats, like PDF or those of the older releases of Microsoft Office (newer releases of this program are already partially compatible with OpenDocument through free plugins, so if your partners have those versions they should really use those plugins, instead of bothering you with requests for drug-like, legacy file formats, but that's another story).

"Of course, if you only need to print or convert to other formats only once in a while there's no reason to not do it from OpenOffice. The simple tricks explained below, however, are a life-saver when you need to do this many times, and of course you'd like your computer to do it for you while you have a coffee or something.

"On Linux systems it is easy to do all this, and even send the converted files via email, automatically. Let's assume that you have an OpenDocument text, spreadsheet or presentation already sitting in some folder, waiting to be processed."

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