Converting office documents to PDF or PDF/A

Input files from Office applications

pdfaPilot CLI is able to convert common file formats from Office applications directly to PDF/A. For more information and a list of supported appli­cations and files have a look at:

  • Note: Office file conversion is currently not supported on Solaris and AIX systems.

Forced use of OpenOffice


When defined, Microsoft Office files are processed with OpenOffice (or LibreOffice if installed).

Create PDF for print


The PDF will be created with image resolution sufficient for printing, thus leading to larger files.

Excel-Sheets without removing white space


Use Excel page layout, white space will not be removed.  

Special handling for MS Office files


Special parameters to achieve some special layouts for MS Office files.



Show columns which are not visible due to small width or other settings. (for Office files processed with MS Excel only)


Shrinks the content of a cell so that the content fits inside. (for Office files processed with MS Excel only)

When --topdf_useexcelpagelayout is used, this parameter will not be respected.


Images will have bigger resolu-­tions and comments/annotations (e.g. from tracking changes) will be included as well (for Office files pro-­cessed with MS Word only; can not be combined with --topdf_print).

Logging of dialogs in defined log file



path Path to folder or logfile.

All dialogs occuring during processing the office file will be logged within this file.

  • Note: !See internet page (listed above) for further information about handling of dialogs from office applications.


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