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#1

I am looking for something…
I put together end-of-the-month reports and typically have excel, word, pdf, and video and mp3 occasionally but I don’t care as much about those. I’m looking for a program that will let me make a folder of all difference doc types that one might “flip through” and that I could print out if I so desired…making it one entity. Preferably with minimal effort, don’t so much care about the cost. And…I’m a PC user so please don’t say “well Mac is coming out with…” because then I’ll cry.

#2

Welcome! Hmm, Maybe Fen or Pegleg could help you, but they are on intermittenly, let me round up a link so you can pm them. Or does anyone know if powerpoint might work?

edit:here are their pm links, PegLegWookie
FenStar

#3

Lord v8r,
I think you can embed other Office documents that way, and even put in avi files (not sure about mp3), but I’m not sure how easy it would be to print a multi-worksheet Excel file that is embedded in that way.

Mr./Ms. Idol, do the excel/word/etc. files have to be editable after they are assembled into a report? Is there more than one worksheet in any single Excel file? Can you just embed them in a powerpoint like Lord v8r said? Or, can you just print out the individual worksheets and word docs to pdf format and collect them in a giant pdf book?

#4

mp3 on powerpoint

Very good question no1, did not think of that, having to change it from excel spreadsheet. So does idol need it to look pretty or functional?

#5

PDF’s are actually more versatile than we generally see… I believe you can combine all of these into a PDF using Adobe Acrobat. They even have a link on the Acrobat product page asking, “What do you want to do?” with a solution for “Combine and share documents”. They can even contain audio and video, but you need Acrobat Professional. I know you said cost isn’t a big consideration, but the MSRP is $449… check your upgrade eligibility, you may already have a qualifying product, or you might already have a version of Acrobat (note: not Acrobat Reader) that does all this. As for usability, I’ve used it a little, and moving/deleting pages wasn’t terribly hard. I suspect importing the various files wouldn’t be too difficult. It really depends on how comfortable you are with a computer. Alternatively, you might try some of Foxit’s products to save some money, but I don’t think any one product really fits your needs, and I can’t see that they support adding video/audio. By the time you combine some of their products, you might decide it’s simpler to just use the single-product Acrobat Pro.

#6

Isn’t there an open source acrobat like thing?

#7

All I’ve seen is very not user-friendly and a bit convoluted. I’m also not sure where they sit with embedding video and audio.

#8

Google PDF995. Don’t know about the assemble document feature for it though.

#9

they’re not saying anything about video/audio embedding either

#10

It’s Ms., and no, I don’t think I would need to edit them after assembling a report, and I don’t use multiple worksheets. I could do a pdf book–mp3/video isn’t really necessary.

#11

If you’re using MS Office 2007, there’s a free add-on to let you create PDFs. It doesn’t give you much control, but you could possibly use that and the inexpensive PDF combining software from Foxit that I linked above. If your company’s paying for it, though, Acrobat should get you everything you mentioned in your original post.

#12

I have used PDF995 and GhostScript in the past. IIRC, they don’t play nicely with embedded multimedia files.