For many other reasons I use Neo Office instead of Microsoft Office. It's a free open source suite of programs from Sun Microsystems that does everything Office can and more. It reads and writes all the office file formats including the older ones from a time when Mac PowerPoint files were not compatible with PC PowerPoint files.... You get the idea. But one feature I rarely see mentioned is the extremely robust PDF export. So you can open a native .doc file (maintaining all the Microsoft formatting) and then export as a PDF with complete security, font, compression, and versioning control, none of which the generic printer PDF export does. The latest port is always at neooffice.org
If you want to see what you are doing, open a document in your file browser and look at the properties of the page or file you are trying to print to the Web or PDF output of a tool such as previewer, it will tell you exactly what the printer is doing. I was surprised by something that came up when I looked at the latest port. On one side of the port is a small logo, “OpenOffice.” At the bottom of it is a little arrow, pointing straight down. This could very well be an opportunity to turn OpenOffice into a Microsoft Office. In our system in particular, it is an open source office suite we know well. In fact if you look at the OpenOffice.org software home page for Mac, Windows, and Linux, you can find a page for just about everything OpenOffice can do. In.