You have quite a few options:

1. HTMLDOC - will convert most HTML documents to PDF very quickly (I use
this in production to generate several thousand files a month)
2. Openoffice 1.1 - has an Export to PDF option. (the most recent port
3. Anything that prints using Gnome's Gnome-print or KDE's Kprint, eg.
Abiword or Kword, even gedit.
4. Ghostscript's ps2pdf tool used with any application that can save or
print to postscript, like a2ps, html2ps, etc.

Whichever method you choose, make sure you verify the output in Acrobat
a few times until you are confident with the result. Sometimes it takes
a bit of tweaking to get everything in the right places.


On Fri, 2003-10-10 at 22:31, William O'Higgins wrote:

> I have grown tired of using MS Word as my standard document output
> format.  I haven't gotten OpenOffice to work under FreeBSD (and it isn't
> my favourite tool by a long shot) and I am most happy generating text in
> vi.  PDF is eminently portable, and I think that it would suit my
> purposes nicely.
> I had some thoughts about generating PDFs, but I was hoping for advice
> about which tools to use.  Should I just learn how to mark up a text
> page manually (I write HTML almost as quickly as plain text)?  Should I
> learn TeX or some variant and translate it?  I hear that PHP has some
> excellent PDF-generation tools; should I write up a command-line
> interpreter myself?  Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> I did a bit of searching, but I didn't find any real *advice* on what
> process to use, and most of the tools that I found are for viewing PDFs,
> not writing them.
> Thanks.
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