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I would have thought this was one of Goodreader's many tricks, but it doesn't seem to be the case.

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If you have network access you could send it to Google Docs (upload, email, whatever) and then fetch the PDF from there.

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You could open it in pages and then export to .pdf.

Source: Experience and Apple Website

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I went through this same hassle and it prompted me to write a tutorial on it. A summary:

  1. Preview the attachment in the Mail app.
  2. Open the attachment from Mail into GoodReader.
  3. Connect GoodReader to Google Docs.
  4. Upload your doc from GoodReader to Google Docs.
  5. Open up the Google Docs site in Safari.
  6. Open your Word file in Safari in Google Docs.
  7. Switch to the desktop version of the Google Docs site.
  8. Download the file as a PDF.
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While this may answer the question, it is best to summarize the contents of the link and provide the link for reference. Links have a tendency disappear over time, leaving a non-applicable answer for those who may stumble upon your answer in the future. – daviesgeek Aug 3 '12 at 16:44
Good call, @daviesgeek -- I added a brief description of each step. – Sarah Vessels Aug 11 '12 at 2:30
Thanks so much! It helps a lot! – daviesgeek Aug 11 '12 at 2:48

Get Notability - connect to Google Docs, it will convert on opening the file into a PDF all on your ipad, no need for a desktop.

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You can open doc, docx files in Accurate Documents Viewer and then convert them to PDF or print. This app opens documents as precisely as MS Office 365.

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