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Unable to embedded xls files word doc with acrobat distiller 6

Oct 10, 2008 1:27 AM

Hi,

I have a problem to convert a Microsoft Word docs with embedded excel(*.xls) to PDF using Adobe Distiller 6. The excel file will become an image file after conversion.

Please advise on what went wrong or is this a limititaion of Adobe Distiller 6.

Thank you in advance.

Regards,
Haikal
 
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    Oct 10, 2008 1:31 AM   in reply to (Haikal)
    Why did you use Adobe Distiller? Why didn't you use PDFMaker in Word?
     
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    Oct 10, 2008 8:03 AM   in reply to (Haikal)
    To repeat Bernd's point, simply open the WORD file and use PDF Maker or print to the Adobe PDF printer. Distiller actually can not operate on either a DOC or XLS file (only PS or EPS, and that has ALWAYS been the case), so I really have no idea what you tried to do.
     
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    Oct 13, 2008 2:05 AM   in reply to (Haikal)
    Unable to open it? What do you expect to be able to do, that you can't
    do?

    Aandi Inston
     
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    Oct 15, 2008 12:32 AM   in reply to (Haikal)
    What do you expect to be able to do, that you can't
    do? Please answer.

    Aandi Inston
     
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    Oct 15, 2008 2:03 AM   in reply to (Haikal)
    I suspect that what you are asking as nothing to do with Acrobat. For what you are doing, there is no need to use PDF Maker (unless you are looking for links or such). You do not have to use Distiller (unless you are taking about the Acrobat Distiller printer with AA5 and earlier), but simply print to the Adobe PDF printer (that automates the use of Distiller). In fact, Distiller can not handle DOC files, so I suspect you are using AA5. However, the end result will be based on whatever WORD sends to the printer, not how Acrobat converts it. If text is sent, then Acrobat will convert it accordingly. Sounds like WORD is sending the Excel file as a graphic. It may just be that is how WORD handles that OLE aspect of the embedding.

    I am no expert on WORD (I use another package), but I really doubt that Acrobat is at fault. I would look at what WORD is doing. One way to do this is to print to a PS file (you can do this with the Adobe PDF printer using print-to-file. Open the PS file and you should find a graphic structure in the PS that represents the Excel file.
     
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    Oct 15, 2008 3:40 AM   in reply to (Haikal)
    That is the process for the conversion. Aandi might want to know your OS and OFFICE versions in case they might have an effect. In any case, I suspect this is a conversion issue of MS Office, not your Adobe PDF printer. the printer pretty much replicates what it is given. Thus if something is a graphic, it stays a graphic and the same is true for text. I don't use WORD enough to tell you haw to check it out further.
     
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    Oct 15, 2008 5:40 AM   in reply to (Haikal)
    Ok, let's see if I understand.

    What you expect is that, in the PDF, you can click where the
    spreadsheet is, and Excel should open? Sorry, no. Absolutely not. That
    isn't expected, or even imagined.

    The PDF is like a printout, not just a different version of Word
    document.

    Aandi Inston
     
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    Oct 20, 2008 2:39 AM   in reply to (Haikal)
    There wouldn't be anything in a knowledgebase article. It isn't a bug,
    it isn't a mistake, it's how it works. I don't think anyone in Adobe
    would ever have imagined anyone would expect it.

    You can add attachments to a PDF document, which are a bit like mail
    attachments - not inplace.

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