Pmtolatex is a little weekend hack I did for converting Adobe PageMaker
documents to LaTeX. The results will certainly need retouching by hand, but
far less than if you simply converted your PageMaker file to plain text and
did the rest by hand. The program tries to do a good job on equations, and
will even attempt to set up LaTeX equation and align
environments in appropriate places. However, it doesn't use any nontextual
information from the input file, so, for instance, if you've done some of
your equations using an external equation editor and pasted them in as
graphics, you'll have to redo them. Some of its rules for conversion are
set up to recognize the way I habitually do things in PageMaker, so your
mileage may vary; if you know a little about Unix-style regular expressions,
you can always modify the program to suit yourself.
LegalPmtolatex is copyright (c) 2001 Benjamin Crowell, and is subject to the GPL license. It's free software. If you don't agree to the GPL license, you don't have permission to download and use the software.
The program is implemented as a Perl script. The Perl language is free,
so you shouldn't have any trouble finding a copy and installing it on
your system. Open your PM file, do Edit Story, and
File>Export>Text. Select "Tagged Text" for the format.
If you're running Unix, you use the following command
to run the program: