I am posting a message from someone else which is exactly the same problem I am having -- why recreate the wheel. This posting came from the graphics area of Word, but maybe we can get an answer here from MS or someone else: "We've got Word 2007 opening old Word 2003 docs with lots of embedded pictures. Some look fine, but others are completely black boxes, yet others show the top bit of the image then the rest is blank, as if it started to scan but stopped. The images still show fine in Word 2003, but we need to get them all to look good in Word 2007. Any ideas?"