Re: [wordperfectmac] print to pdf
- Paul Meijer said:
>So far I used Wordperfect 3.5e Mac and I don't plan to stop doing this.Pages can't open PDF's, though it can save files in PDF format.
>But I'm also interested in the possibilities of Apple's Pages, which I
>purchased a couple of days ago. So far I didn't manage to import
>anything from WP to Pages by printing files to pdf. I tried both
>PrintToPdf and a Adobe Driver from the Chooser. It seems the best
>option, since I don't like to give up the layout. Once in this list
>there was an explanation about how to export to pdf, but I can't find
>it anymore. Can anyone help me?
PDF format is not a file format that was designed to be edited like a
word processing format, it is more closely akin to a graphic file format.
(Some programs, like TextLightning and OmniPage Pro can turn a PDF back
into a word processing format file.)
As far as getting WP files into Pages, it is possible, but in most cases
the result will be far from perfect.
1. Purchase MacLink Plus from DataViz <http://www.dataviz.com/> and use
it to convert your WP files to Microsoft Word format files.
2. Download a free and open source word processor that includes a WP/Word
translator. AbiWord <http://www.abisource.com/> and NeoOffice/J
<http://www.neooffice.org/java/> can open WP documents and save them as
Microsoft Word files.
3. Use WordPerfect/Mac to save your WP files in Microsoft Word format.
However, you should note that even when WP/Mac included the DataViz
translators, it never did a particularly good job of translating files
into Word format.
Pages can import Microsoft Word format files. (It can also import
AppleWorks, RTF, HTML and plain text files, but Word format is the most
robust word processing format of these choices. And, I suspect, the
intermediate format most likely to successfully retain all of your
formatting.) I've heard reports about Pages translation capabilites with
Word files that range from excellent to terrible. So, I suspect that how
good a job it does will at least partially depend on how complex the
formatting is in the document being imported.
Unfortunately, I strongly suspect that the required two step conversion
process will rarely yield a file opened in Pages that does not require at
least some cleaning up.
Randy B. Singer
Co-Author of: The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th and 6th editions)
Routine OS X Maintenance and Generic Troubleshooting