Forum OpenACS Q&A: Response to displaying Word documents directly

Posted by Sam Snow on
What about converting the Word, Excel, etc. documents to Adobe PDF format and displaying them this way? Using frames, this can work pretty well (see the catalog at

A copy of the Adobe Acrobat Writer is not too steep in price ($250 for 5.0), and from my personal experience with version 4.0, works very well. They also have a web site,, which will allow you to make a couple of PDF files for free and try things out.

I seem to remember some commercial plug-in that allowed you to display excel files in-line; I'll have to take a look.