Who never had the urge to convert one or more MS Word DOC and DOCX files into a PDF at least once? Truth to be told, it wasn’t that trivial back in the day: until the release of Office 2010, when the PDF extension appeared among the various formats supported by the Save As… command, using Ghostscript-based software or installing PDF printer drivers was the only way to go.
After Office 2010 the problem was finally solved even for the average user, with the sole exception that he still has to have MS Office installed on his machine. Those who didn’t have it can continue to use the aforementioned free alternatives ond purchase a software that will take care of the job for them.
What about doing that in a programmatic approach? What if we are developing a C# application and we need to convert some DOC or DOCX files into PDF, thus making then available to download without giving the source document to the users, possibly without having to waste an Office license to our web server/web publishing machine?