How can you convert your HW solutions to pdf?
You can write
your HW reports by using either Word or LaTeX. (Word is easier, LaTeX is
If you are using
LaTeX, you can directly use the DVI-to-PDF button on the toolbar of WinEdt.
If you are using Word,
one of the free and legal ways of generating pdf documents is as follows: (I
don’t say that it is easy, but at least it works)
- You will need the following packages
(check internet for their latest versions)
- GhostScript and GhostView. (download GPL
GhostScript and GSView)
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Install GhostScript, GhostView and
Acrobat Reader by following their instructions. (If their executables are
not in your system path (highly unlikely), you are advised to add them to
- Do not install wmf2eps, but do the
- Unzip the
package to a temporary folder.
- Go to Start->Setting->Printers and Faxes->Add a printer
page, click Next,
page, choose local printer, uncheck automatically detect,
page, choose use the following port:
page, click Have Disk... Button,
the dialog box browse your temporary folder and goto folder PSPrint->Windows2000->Standard
and press OK button the the dialog
you should see WMF2EPS Color PS L2
as a printer, press Next button
(just ignore the not digitally signed warning).
Now, you should have WMF2EPS Color PS L2 in your
- If everthing has gone ok, you are
ready to generate pdf documents.
- When you have your document ready in
Word for conversion, choose File->Print
menu and select WMF2EPS Color PS
L2 as the printer you want to print.
- Click Properties. On the first page choose Black&White or Color
as you wish. (Black&White will possible generate smaller files).
- Click Advanced... button. Find Print
Quality option and make it at
- Click OK->OK->OK.
- At this point, you are possibly
asked to enter a file name. Choose a proper folder and give the filename ELE739-HWx-y, the file extension ‘.prn’ is given automatically by your
computer, do not try to change it at this point. In the file name x is
the week and y is your surname. For example, for week 5 this would be
ELE739-HW5-Toker, if I were to submit the document.
- Goto the folder where you keep your
HW files. Change the extension
of your new file from .prn to .ps.
- We are almost done. Open your .ps
file with GSview
(gsview32c.exe). Choose File->Convert
menu. Then select Device:pdfwrite,
Resolution:720 and click OK.
- You will be asked for a filename
again. Goto your HW folder, and enter ELE739-HWx-y.pdf as the filename.
- In Windows Explorer double click
your ELE739-HWx-y.pdf file to open it in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Check
whether everything is ok.
- That is all folks. Try not to exceed 1-2MB as you will
submit your HW by email. I would strongly recommend using ‘read-receipt’ in order to make
sure that your file is received by me. For the subject part of your email, enter the filename of the file
If there is a problem with this document or if you find a better way of
converting Word to pdf, please contact me.
As one of your friends indicated, there are several online services on the
web. www.pdfonline.com is one of them.
However, when using these services make sure that they do not infect your
computer or use your email address for spam. As long as you submit your HWs as
pdf files, it does not matter for me which way you use.