02-01-2012 04:25 AM
Yesterday, Jan. 31, I read something posted by, I think, either David Woodward or Kevin Lomas about using doc and docx Word files in Open Office. I converted my WordPerfect 9 files of my novel to both a doc file and a docx file using a free converter and brought them up in Open Office. They look fine there and I'm wondering if I can upload them to Lulu. I cannot find the post I mentioned above and I would like to print it out so I can follow it through. Can someone stear me to that post? Maybe?
02-01-2012 04:44 AM
I use OO, although I always save as pdf before uploading. However, if you save as a .doc file I would presume it would be fine. On the version of OO I have, I can't read or save as .docx files
02-01-2012 07:35 AM
I would always upload a PDF to Lulu rather than a Word file, and I understand that OO has the ability to save or export in PDF format.
Tony Loton, author of "Book Publishing DIY" at http://publishingdiy.blogspot.com/p/book.html
02-01-2012 11:31 AM
I'm not sure of the exact post you are referring to, but you may find these links helpful. I would recommend uploading a PDF instead of a Word doc, if you can.
Tips for formatting documents: http://connect.lulu.com/t5/Publishing-Process/Tips
How to make a PDF using OpenOffice: http://connect.lulu.com/t5/Interior-Formatting/How
You can search the knowledge-base from this page, using keywords related to your project:
I hope this helps!
02-01-2012 12:12 PM
I do not recall mentioning OO for a while, so well done for searching the forums!
I only use Docx and they always work (but I have been at this a while!) but I do have Word, but my pages are not complex being just pure text. I also always stick to the fonts Lulu desires, so no problem there either (most fonts look a bit like TNR anyway, which is said to be the best readable font for the 'printed' word, so why get 'too clever' with fonts?)
As to PDFs. Many progs can convert to PDFs, but that may not stop Lulu's Wizards spitting them out. Those progs will not then open them for editing though, you need specialised stuff for that. Also, as you can see from all those links (plus even more) Erin pasted in, making a PDF work is not as simple as just converting ...
02-01-2012 12:13 PM
So nice to meet you in person, sort of. I have your book "ebook publishing DIY." Nice. Thanks for writing it. Bought it at B&N. I use WordPerfect and although it will produce a PDF I'm having trouble with converting it with Lulu's converter. That's why I thought I'd try to convert my WPD to a Word doc. I used Doxillion's Document converter. It's free to download and use for either 30 days or 15 uses, I forget which. But it seemed to convert my WPD file to both a doc and a docx file with just a click. Slick. Now, if I can just get it to go through Lulu. However I will try to convert the file to a PDF using a converter other than the one in WordPerfect 9. Sooner or later something has to work. And thanks for the comment.