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    Distributing Word docs

    I've seen this query quite often: What is the best way to distribute my Word docs, when I don't know what software is on the host computer? These are some of the solutions I've either seen or proposed:

    1. <LI>Use or suggest the Microsoft free Word97/2000 Viewer
      <LI>Use Atlantis Nova, which will even run from a floppy.
      <LI>A new one (to me anyway) is CopyWriter
    Personally, I like the Atlantis solution, since the program (although usualy a HD "installer") can ship standalone on a CD, together with the Word docs. It's also only around a megabyte in size. The other two require an install to the host computer, so may not be as well appreciated by the recipient. All of these are <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> programs.

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    Re: Distributing Word docs

    Other options might be RTF format (opens in Word or WordPad) and PDF. But since Word (Office and MS Works), OpenOffice.org, and WordPerfect all open .DOC files, I think they're the nearest thing to a universal format after text and RTF. The issue really is what degree of fidelity the document will have to the original if you don't use .DOC and they don't have Word. Pick your poison. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Distributing Word docs

    These options you mention are, as you say, probably closer to "hi fidelity" .doc readers, although if we start talking macros/VBA, then only Word itself will do the deed. The sorts of queries I'd seen in this context were usually seeking something that could ship with the docs, and not require install on the host... run directly from the CD I guess. As I said, Atlantis Nova seems to do a good job in this respect, but I've yet to check it for Word versions beyond 2000. It's "fidelity" will be a matter of how hard it's pushed I guess. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Distributing Word docs

    Could they be converted to PDFs? Lots of software around to do this. Depends whether you want them modifiable at the other end, or not, of course!
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    Re: Distributing Word docs

    If the file is just to be viewed, not edited, then PDF may be the best choice.

    RTF is not a goot choice as each version of Office supports a different version of RTF, so there stil lare compatability issues.

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