Re: Using Abiword for conversions

From: Dave Wood <>
Date: Fri Jan 02 2009 - 11:38:46 CET

On (11:13 24/12/08), Martin Sevior <> put forth the proposition:
>On Wed, Dec 24, 2008 at 10:36 AM, Dave Wood <> wrote:
>> On (15:04 23/12/08), Dominic Lachowicz <> put forth
>> the proposition:
>>> On Tue, Dec 23, 2008 at 2:58 PM, Steffan A. Cline <>
>>> wrote:
>>>> I've been looking for a command line tool to convert word docs to ps or
>>>> pdf
>>>> that I can then pump into ghostscript to produce jpegs. I had used
>>>> antiword
>>>> some time ago but it does not support UTF-8 with ps or pdf.
>>>> Does abiword allow it to be used in this means? Can it take a command
>>>> line
>>>> argument to convert a document?
>>> Yup, a lot of work has been put into this (as well as using AbiWord as
>>> a print server). The syntax is something like:
>>> abiword --to=pdf file.doc
>> This is interesting. I've been looking for some way of making rtf from
>> console so I imagine taking a plain text file made with Vim and then doing
>> abiword --to=rtf file.txt would work?
>abiword --to=rtf file.txt
>Yes. That will work. If you want to convert to *.odt simply do:
>abiword --to=odt file.doc

I've started to look at this a bit more and noticed that there are -i and -e
options available. It says CSS string so I take it this is like CSS for
web? I tried doing something like

abiword -t rtf -e "* { font-family: courier }" test.txt

but this didn't seem to work. I can sort of hackishly change font with sed
but I would like to be able to change font and line spacing (double) if

Is this possible?

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