1. Can anyone tell me where to find the help files for OOo, or if they install with the packages, how to make them work? I've installed the woody packages on my sarge box and trying to open "Help" gets me a message "The requested document does not exist in the database !!" which leads into my second point On 22 Nov 2002 13:59:16 USCST (GMT -6) John Goerzen <email@example.com> took pen in hand and enscribed: > I'm interested in writing an automated word-to-PostScript converter. > OpenOffice is well capable of opening Word documents, and of printing > to PostScript and even comes with some "simple" examples of doing some > of this. > But I cannot find a way to just tell it from the command line, without > opening any X windows, to do that sort of thing. Does such a > mechanism exist? I doubt there is a way to do it without opening any windows, given that the oo wrapper scripts will only accept <FILENAME> as a parameter, however, I am sure that there is some way to create an equivalent of Microsoft's AutoRun macro such that you could create a template that contained the macro and scripting to minimize the main window and open a file selection dialog where you would select the .doc file you wanted. The script could then print the file to a postscript file and cause oowriter to exit. Unfortunately, I have looked at all of the leading open source word processors (oowriter, abiword and KWord) and it seems NONE of them offer an option to "Save As ... " postscript or pdf. They will all print to postscript/pdf, but that makes using them in the way you want just as unwieldy as doing it with oowriter and it appears that neither abiword nor KWord support a macro language. When I can read the help files (see, point #1, above) and learn a little more about oowriter, I'd be glad to help you further if it looks like this might be feasible.
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