[texhax] Inserting Windows files like Microsoft Word and Excel and also JPE Gs into my LaTeX document

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Wed Sep 1 23:05:08 CEST 2004

On Tuesday, August 31, 2004, at 04:23  PM, Anderson Gregg T Civ 
AFRL/MLPJ wrote:

> I'm running Windows XP and I've got a copy of Leslie Lamport's "LaTeX: 
> A Document Preparation System." Maybe I should ask: "Do Windows files 
> like Word® and Excel® integrate easily with LaTeX?

Depends on your TeX implementation --- I believe TrueTeX, and maybe 
Bakoma have some sort of support for such as OLE objects.

Word documents can be directly converted by saving as .rtf and using 
the converter rtf2latex

There're a couple of macros and other tools for converting from Excel 
documents to LaTeX tables.

> What about graphs from other applications like Origin® and Igor®? Can 
> these be put into my LaTeX documents relatively easily or is it 
> painful?

Again, depends on your implementation and what sort of output one is 

Typically if one uses a typical TeXLive setup, dvips and Ghostscript 
will allow one to place a .eps and work with it fairly naturally, even 
if one doesn't have a PostScript printer. You can make a .eps from any 
Windows application which will print by printing to a PostScript 
printer attached to FILE: and setting the job type to be .eps

Alternately, use pdftex to generate .pdf directly and make .pdfs to 
place. You may find a utility like Frank Siegert's pStill (shareware 
from http://www.pstill.com ) useful for this to generate a .pdf from 
Windows applications which don't do so directly.


William Adams, publishing specialist
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