PDF Conversion on UNIX without OpenOffice
By Kyle Hatlestad on Aug 30, 2010
In the current Inbound Refinery Update Bundle patch for 10gR3 that was released last year, a new conversion option snuck in. It's called PDFExportConverter and it allows you to convert native documents to PDF without any 3rd party software. It uses the latest Outside In filters to do the conversion instead of relying on the native application, OpenOffice, or a distiller engine.
This certainly makes it easier to install and configure in a UNIX environment. Plus it then does not require the OpenOffice listener to always be running.
The patch ID for the Inbound Refinery 10.1.3.x.x Update Bundle Component on the support site is 6865669. And because it needs the latest Outside In filters, you'll want to also install the Content Server 10.1.3.x.x Content Access Update Package (patch# 6899823) on the Inbound Refinery itself.