New York University Faculty of Arts and Science College of Arts and Science Graduate School of Arts and Science

Computing Resources

Windows & Macintosh Support

Reading Files


  • Reading Microsoft Word documents in a Unix environment
  • Printing PostScript files (*.ps) from your PC
  • Creating Adobe Acrobat PDF files (*.pdf) in Microsoft Word
  • Creating Postscript (*.ps) files from Microsoft Word and other PC documents
  • Writing out mathematical equations in Microsoft Word
  • Working with different file types; evaluating email attachments
  • Formatting LaTeX documents in Unix for use with Word on the PC

Reading Microsoft Word documents in a Unix environment

If the Word document is an attachment to your email, save the attachment in your directory
Run the following command to convert the Word file to html:

wvHtml filename.doc > output.html

For example, if the Microsoft Word file is called "Update.doc" and you want to create an HTML file called "Update.html", use the following command:

wvHtml Update.doc > Update.html

Then, open Netscape and click on the following:
FILE
OPEN
PAGE
CHOOSE FILE
select your html file, e.g. "Update.html"
OPEN


Printing Postscript documents from your PC

There are two ways to print postscript documents from your PC:

1. Use xterm software such as Exceed, PC-Xware, or X-32win to access your CIMS account (rather than telnet). Using xterm software, you can use the standard Unix commands e.g. "lpr" to print your postscript files to the printer of your choice.

2. Use FTP to copy the postscript file to your PC and then use Adobe Acrobat's Distiller software to convert a postscript file to an Acrobat (PDF) file as follows:
File
Open
<select the postscript file>
Then select the name and directory for the PDF version.
Open the new PDF file in Adobe Acrobat and print it from Adobe Acrobat.

Note: FTP software is available from ITS. Please send email to comment to request information on Adobe Acrobat Distiller software.


Creating Adobe Acrobat PDF files from Microsoft Word documents

File
Print
Select the Acrobat PDF Writer for the printer
Select the directory and file name to save the PDF file
Save

Note: Please send email to comment to request information on Adobe Acrobat PDF drivers and software.


Creating Postscript files from Microsoft Word and other PC documents

File
Print
Select Acrobat Distiller for the printer
The file will open in Adobe Acrobat

File
Export
Select "Postscript"
Select the directory and file name to save the PS file
Save

Note: To print a PostScript file from a PC: use FTP to copy the file to your Unix directory. Then use Telnet or xterm software to open your Unix account and print the postscript file in the standard way.

Note: FTP software is available from ITS. Please send email to comment to request information on Adobe Acrobat Distiller software.


Writing out Mathematical Equations in Microsoft Word

open the document
Insert
Object
Select Microsoft Equation 3.0
Click on float over text and click OK
You will see a toolbar floating over the text with the mathematical symbols and an open dashed box to work with the equation.

Note: Please send email to comment to request an installation of Microsoft Equation 3.0 if it is not already on your system or to have MathType 5.0 installed on your PC. MathType can be used with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Formatting LaTeX documents in Unix for use in Word on the PC

LaTeX documents in Unix can be modified so that Word can read them. These translations are not great, but will give you a good sense of what is in the document to work further:

To create a text file from a LaTeX file:

detex [input file] > [output file]

To create an RTF file (rich text format) file from a LaTeX file:

ltx2rtf [input file] > [output file]