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Subject Re: R: Extracting content from Microsoft word into Forrest
Date Thu, 14 Oct 2004 16:01:09 GMT
Any automation of Word to Open Office would be of great interest to us as 

I can imagine some of our users switching to Open Office, but it would be 
great if we could also automate conversion of existing Word documents as 
well as the odd new document.  A command line approach such as the one 
shown below would be v. useful.

Ross - when you run Open Office as a server to convert Word docs, what 
actually triggers the conversion of a given document to Open Office?

Thanks for any further comments -- it's starting to sound like using Word 
docs in Forrest may be of fairly wide interest.

Clay Leeds <> 
10/14/2004 11:03 AM
Please respond to


Re: R: Extracting content from Microsoft word into Forrest

We too, have been starting to move along this path... thanks in large 
part to Forrest!

On Oct 14, 2004, at 5:44 AM, Bruno Fonzi wrote:
> In the organizations I have been using Forrest so far, we had the same
> issue.
> We have converted the exiting MSWord files to the OpenOffice format as
> described and everyone has been simply writing new documentation
> directly in OpenOffice.
> Forrest has been the big incentive to switch to OpenOffice.
> Nobody is missing MS Word at all.
> Cheers,
> Bruno
> -----Messaggio originale-----
> Da: Juan Jose Pablos []
> Inviato: giovedì 14 ottobre 2004 12.40
> A:
> Oggetto: Re: Extracting content from Microsoft word into Forrest
> Ross Gardler escribió:
>> Over on our project we have gone a different route. We use a version
>> of
>> Open Office running as a server to convert from MS format to Open
>> Office. Forrest supports Open Office so, with this conversion process
> we
>> can support MS Office too. The benefit of this approach is that it
> also
>> supports earlier versions of MS Office and we have the whole Open
> Office
>> community in writing decent converters.
> I would like to see something like:
> oowriter myfile.doc -output myfile.sxw
> It seems quite common for any organization to have a big buch of word
> files, so if you can doit by command line then you can create a 5
> minutes script to convert all of these files. I does not matter if that
> takes a week or two because is the server who does the job not you.
> Cheers,
> Cheche
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