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Homework Help: Creating PDF documents?

  1. May 5, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    How do I create a PDF document with math symbols in it without spending a lot of money.


    2. Relevant equations
    The limit of my spending tends to zero.


    3. The attempt at a solution
    Should I just get acrobat and use the program I already own (rapid-pi) which helps to create the documents in Microsoft Word? Will acrobat turn those documents (which have custom fonts) into good pdfs?
     
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  3. May 5, 2007 #2

    Hurkyl

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    By using LaTeX.
     
  4. May 5, 2007 #3
    If you are using Windows, check out this guide on how to get going using LaTeX: http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/LaTeX/AoPS_L_About.php [Broken]
     
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  5. May 6, 2007 #4
    Or you can use OpenOffice write the Equations in it(word-like style) and then save it to pdf.

    Completely free and simple.
     
  6. May 6, 2007 #5

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  8. May 6, 2007 #7
    Open Office would be the Easiest. It has a built in equation editor. You can also use CutePDF to "print" PDF files. If you want to use LaTex, than I would suggest a software package called MikTex.
     
  9. May 6, 2007 #8

    I followed this link and it is very easy and the documents come out looking really decent. I may eventually grab open office, but for now, this app will do the trick.

    Thanks all.
     
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