• 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

  1. If the Word document is an attachment to your email, save the attachment in your directory
  2. Run the following command to convert the Word file to html:
    • wvHtml filename.doc > output.html
  3. 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
  4. Then, open Netscape and click on the following:
    1. FILE
    2. OPEN
    3. PAGE
    4. CHOOSE FILE
    5. select your html file, e.g. "Update.html"
    6. 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:

    1. File
    2. Open
    3. <select the postscript file>
    4. Then select the name and directory for the PDF version.
    5. 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

  1. File
  2. Print
  3. Select the Acrobat PDF Writer for the printer
  4. Select the directory and file name to save the PDF file
  5. 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

 

  1. File
  2. Print
  3. Select Acrobat Distiller for the printer
  4. The file will open in Adobe Acrobat:
    1. File
    2. Export
    3. Select "Postscript"
    4. Select the directory and file name to save the PS file
    5. 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

  1. open the document
  2. Insert
  3. Object
  4. Select Microsoft Equation 3.0
  5. Click on float over text and click OK
  6. 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]