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    AriannaM
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    Word 2002 and Word 97 living together? (Win 2000/Office XP)

    I'm hoping that there is a guru out there somewhere that can help me with this...

    Is it possible (or realistic) to have 2 versions Word co-exist peaceably on the same platform? I'm asking because I am a tech. writer who needs to create full featured PDF files (using PDFmaker). Unfortunately, the Acrobat 5 has ... issues... with Windows 2000 / Office XP.

    Acrobat 4, however works like a charm w/ Word 97. Is there any way I can have the best of both worlds, without having to back up completely to Windows 98? Or does the NT vs "non-NT" split make that impossible?

    I'm a in a bit over my head here, so any assistance is appreciated.

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    AriannaM
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    Re: Word 2002 and Word 97 living together? (Win 2000/Office XP)

    Thanks for the quick reply Lief---

    Wow. the two knowledge base articles in that link kind of sum it up.
    Has anyone out there put this into practice? Do they feel its worth it?

    Arianna

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    Re: Word 2002 and Word 97 living together? (Win 2000/Office XP)

    I've only installed Office XP on a new pc so can't help with the co-existence side (other than I have both FrontPage 2000 and 2002 installed.)
    I'm also only on Acrobat 4 and haven't noticed any problems so far using the PDF writer (on Windows 2K).
    Are you wanting to use Distiller, or just the PDF writer?

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    AriannaM
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    Re: Word 2002 and Word 97 living together? (Win 2000/Office XP)

    I want to use PDFMaker, the utility that feeds into Distiller and allows your to retain the links, cross references, etc. that are built into source files. I can get Distiller to build the basic PDF file, but I lose all the nice additions (bookmarks, links and so forth). My current work requires that I hang on to them, and I'd rather not have to redo them manually.

    Arianna

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    Re: Word 2002 and Word 97 living together? (Win 2000/Office XP)

    Hi Arianna,

    You mention Acrobat 5 has issues with Windows 2000 / Office XP.

    I provide IT support to a law firm and one of the users recently asked me whether Acrobat 5 has issues with Windows 2000. I didn't have any information to offer, but have now come upon your post. Can you provide me with additional information regarding the "issues"? Is there documented information regarding these problems?

    Thanks in advance <img src=/S/help.gif border=0 alt=help width=23 height=15>

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    Re: Word 2002 and Word 97 living together? (Win 2000/Office XP)

    See this post <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=off&Number=58267&page=&view =&sb=&o=&vc=1>here</A> for some info.

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    AriannaM
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    Re: Word 2002 and Word 97 living together? (Win 2000/Office XP)

    The problems I've experienced are specific to Word 2002 (in office XP) -- basically, PDFmaker is not compatible with Word 2002. Which means that while you can still create basic PDF files, you can't get automatic links, bookmarks, etc. As of last week, I couldn't find anything on Adobe's web site that owned up to this.

    One thing that got me in trouble, and that you may want to make sure your users are clear on, is the distinction Win2000 / Office2000 and Win2000 / OfficeXP. (apologies if I'm preaching to the choir). I didn't originally pick up on this distinction, and did I ever pay the price.

    From what I've heard, PDFmaker works OK on Word 2000, though there are a couple bugs. I've seen some tech support documents on Adobe's site, though I didn't look them over in detail.

    If your users are already commited to Word 2002, AND they have to use PDFmaker, AND if they are able to / aren't afraid of digging around in ther Documents and Settings folders, there is a way to get PDFmaker to (mostly) work. The usefulness of the fix will probably depend on your user's exact situation. If you (or any one else) would like the details, let me know, and I'll send them to you offline. Don't mean to be secretive, but I want to make sure the fix works for different folks before publishing it.

    HTH,
    Arianna
    Arianna.McFarren@med.va.gov

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