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Hrothgar
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« on: October 21, 2004, 07:44:36 PM »

I guess .MDI is M$ answer to the PDF.  Do they have a free reader out there?  Does anyone use that format?  It's kind of handy for archiving web pages and stuff, but less so if no one uses it.

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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2004, 09:32:03 PM »

I believe that the Microsoft Reader is what you need.  The link is in the text above.  The download link is on the left.  Hope that is it.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2004, 10:32:00 PM »

Microsoft Reader only opens the Microsoft eBook format.  According to the help website:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HP062193601033.aspx

.Mdi files can only be opening in Office Imaging.
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2004, 12:25:11 AM »

Thanks, dangerballs.  I guess my search wasn't thorough enough!  Turns out I have that installed as a part of Office 2002.  Too bad I wasn't the one looking trying to open the file.  :lol:

Good luck, Hrothgar!
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2004, 02:06:03 AM »

Quote from: "stiffler"
Thanks, dangerballs.  I guess my search wasn't thorough enough!  Turns out I have that installed as a part of Office 2002.  Too bad I wasn't the one looking trying to open the file.  :lol:

Good luck, Hrothgar!


Good luck indeed.  Proprietary formats are one of my pet peeves.  Why can't we all just use the same formats?
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2004, 03:32:16 AM »

I'm sorry I wasn't clear.  I have office and the MDI tool.  I can create MDI files.  I was curious if anyone could read them.   I mean if I put a PDF up on the web, I'm pretty sure most anyone can read it.    It seems like M$ designed the MDI format to compete with PDF, but if they don't put out a free reader, it's pretty useless.

Why would I buy Acrobat if I have office and can just make MDI files.  Well, I would if no one can read MDI files.

The compression seems comparable to PDF.   If I print a forum thread to it, for example, one was about 143k.  However, if no one can use it in that form and I have to convert it to TIF (the only other option in Imaging), it balloons up to 14.5 MB.  That's not web friendly.  Neither is creating proprietary formats.
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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2004, 04:16:00 AM »

Only people with Office could read .mdi .

I've got a free program somewhere on my harddrive that installs into Office and lets you create .pdf files.  I can look for it and send it to you if you want.
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« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2004, 04:31:26 AM »

Here's a pretty cool PDF program that is free and open source:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/
It actually installs a printer into your Printers folder called PDFCreator.  Then you just print to that and it pops up a menu that allows you to save your document or whatever to PDF.  It's not an Office plug-in so it should work for all apps that can print.  I've used it and it works great.
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