Doc2pdf is an email robot that converts Microsoft Office attachments (.doc, .ppt and .xls) to PDF files. All you need do is carbon-copy (CC) doc2pdf when you email a Microsoft Office document. Doc2pdf converts the attachment to a PDF file and sends the PDF file, as an attachment, in a reply to all recipients.
Re: Use StarOffice / OpenOffice
> Wouldn't it be possible (and possibly
> make more sense) to use OpenOffice
> instead? I dunno, but it seems like it
> may be possible to do it under a UNIX
> without tying up a machine.
I agree that it would be nice to get this working without requiring a dedicated Windows machine -- but the fact remains that Microsoft will probably not be making it easy for people to use something other than Microsoft Office anytime soon. This includes OpenOffice which does appear to convert Office documents. The problem with OpenOffice is it will always be a "catch-up" game (i.e. the Samba syndrome) to make sure that things are working with Microsoft's latest changes. On the other hand, using the (free) Microsoft viewers does guarentee that documents will be rendered correctly even if Office 2005 (or whatever Microsoft decides to call their next incarnation) happens to completely change the .doc, .xls and .ppt formats.
One other observation... Doc2pdf was written for Windows users who are trying to be comptible with Linux users -- not the other way around. The way that Doc2pdf is used in my organization is that Windows users (i.e. the non-engineering folks) convert their documents *before* or *as* they send them to Engineering. Convincing them to use Doc2pdf in emails was a heck of a lot easier than convincing them to use OpenOffice and GhostScript...