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Author: Wilfried Hennings (texconvfaq "at" gmx.de), last update: March 3, 2011

NOTE: This table is still under construction. I only had time to include the most recent converters.

referred version
Features supported Systems where to get
(external links!)
by Ujwal Sathyam and Scott Prahl (free)
2-0-1 (Feb. 1, 2011)
convert from RTF
  • detects text style: bold, italic, color, big, small,...
  • reads embedded figures: PICT, EMF, GIF, TIFF, WMF, PNG, JPEG
  • reads tables: simple to semi-complex
  • reads Equation Editor or MathType equations
  • converts most greek and math symbols
  • reads footnotes
  • converted latex file uses utf8
  • supports codepages 1250, 1251, 1252, 1254, mac, NeXt
  • translates hyperlinks using the hyperref package
all kinds of Unix
DOS, MS Windows
for most recent version see
sourceforge.net/ projects/rtf2latex2e/
by Ingo H. de Boer (May 25, 2006)
The wsW2LTXGUI program is a graphical user interface to the wsW2LTX library which handles all the methods described in the wsW2LTX API reference.
The wsW2LTX library is an application programming interface (API) designed to translate a MS Word document to LaTeX. The library is based on libwv and on several other (mostly Unix based) libraries.
MS Windows CTAN:
homepage: www.winshell.de/ modules/w2ltx_download/
by J. Fojtik (free)
3.53 (Sep. 19, 2010)
convert from WordPerfect 3.x, 4.x, 5.x, and 6/7/8.x document files
converts (among others):
  • Equations
  • Tables
  • Footnotes, Endnotes, Cross-references
  • Superscript, Subscript
  • Extended characters (foreign language/accented, math, Greek - not linedrawing)
DOS, MS Windows
.../support/wp2latex (older version 3.38)
for most recent version see www.penguin.cz/ ~fojtik/wp2latex/ wp2latex.htm
Chikrii Softlab. shareware, 99$ (45$ academic)
version 5.01 (Feb. 2010)
save as LaTeX from within Word
  • Equation Editor 2.x-3.x, Design Science MathType 1.x, 2.x, 3.x, 3.5, 4.0 embedded objects (*)
  • figures (to EPS or PDF)(*)
  • tables (even very complicated) (*)
  • footnotes
  • endnotes (to bibliography)
  • index
  • cross-references
  • paragraph styles (heading1 to heading4, custom styles)
  • character attributes
  • Greek-charset
  • multibyte character encodings (Unicode)
  • and many more (see homepage)
(*) some restrictions will apply in unregistered Word2TeX
MS Windows 98 + Word for Windows 95, or newer required homepage:
Michal Kebrt (Shareware, 79 $)
version 2.0 (Jan 2011)
save as LaTeX from within Word
  • equations (conversion to TeX code requires MathType, otherwise they are converted to png or eps)
  • raster images
  • tables
  • lists
  • footnotes and endnotes
  • bookmarks
  • and more (see homepage)
MS Windows + Word for Windows 2002 (XP) or newer required, plus MS .NET Framework 2.0 Homepage:
converts OpenOffice.org / StarOfficeWriter documents into LaTeX2e (free).
1.0.0 (Sept. 21, 2009)
The current version deals with plain text and formulas.
It is included as export filter in OpenOffice 2.04 and later
all OS supporting Java homepage:
converts OpenOffice.org spreadsheet tables into LaTeX2e (free)
0.2.4 (Oct. 29, 2005)
Calc2LaTeX is an OpenOffice.org Calc (Spreadsheet) macro for converting tables. Linux or MS Windows plus Open Office 1.03, 1.1 or 2.0 homepage:
converts Excel spreadsheet to LaTeX
2.1 (Sept. 18, 2008)
Excel-macro to convert Excel to LaTeX. The generated LaTeX code uses the tabular environment. MS Windows plus MS Excel CTAN:
www.ctan.org/tex-archive/ support/excel2latex/
Gnumeric can import Excel data and export to LaTeX Gnumeric is an open source spreadsheet application which can import Excel data and export to LaTeX Linux or MS Windows homepage:
www.gnome.org/ projects/gnumeric/
Publishing Companion
KTalk Communications (commercial, 399 US$)
v. 2.21
converts (among others):
  • Automatic Indexes
  • Footnotes, Endnotes
  • Foreign Characters
  • Running Headers & Footers
  • Superscripts & Subscripts
  • MathEdit Math Equations
  • MS Word 6.0 Math Equations
  • WordPerfect Math Equations
DOS / MS Windows homepage:
www.ktalk.com/ pubcomp.html

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