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    Open Office and .docx

    Quite some time ago I dropped MS Office in favor of Open Office and have not been sorry I made that change. I had been using an older version of Office and MY needs are rather minimal, so Open Office has served me well these past few months.

    My daughter-in-law is a nursing student at our local (state) university and presented me with a file she needs to open (attached) and I've been searching The Lounge and Googling for converters that might do the job. So far I've run into a dead end and don't have any idea what's inside this file. The filename would lead one to believe that it contains blank forms of some kind. She and my son have Office 2000 installed but I don't know if I have the courage to suggest that it's time for them to upgrade. I haven't checked the Open Office pages yet to see if they have a temporary solution for this problem.

    One place I tried ( .docx DOCX Convert Office 2007 ) claims to convert a submitted file and send the result by email but the result is a "404 error.

    Any ideas? Thanks.
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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    I have installed the Office 2007 Converter Pack on my PC and converted the document to Word 97-2003 format; Open Office should be able to open that. I don't know how accurate the conversion is since I don't have Office 2007.
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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    Al,

    I was reading about this yesterday. I am not sure exactly which forum I was on but this link will take you to the general forum area.

    We, too, are looking to upgrade from Office 2000 and I am researching Open Office and Star Office as alternatives. The ability to read and exchange Office 2007 files is imperative. The forum that I read talked about an upgrade for Open Office that allowed this, but that there were issues with that upgrade working.

    Sorry I cannot be more specific about WHICH forum said this. I was in so many places yesterday my head was spinning.

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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    Thank you, Hans! I don't know if any formatting is lost in the conversion, but your conversion looks doggone good to me. My email will be on the way to her as soon as I finish this post. Thanks again!

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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    Thanks for joining in! I've been trying to keep up with Open Office ever since I switched but it sounds like YOUR needs are are much more critical then mine. I'll just keep up with their web pages and see what comes up.

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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    Hans -
    On my work machine I have both Office 2003 and Office 2007, your converted document appears to be the same in Office 2007 as it does in Office 2003.
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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    Hi Ed,

    Thanks for the confirmation! <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    Hi Al,

    The version of OpenOffice 2.3.0 available at http://go-oo.org opens your document on my machine. Of course I also have the latest word viewer from Microsoft installed so that might help, but I tnink OOo is opening the doc by itself

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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    Must be this Word Viewer then John for I too have 2.3.0 installed and the file wouldn't open for me.

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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    I'd check out Office 2007. Yes, I know it isn't cheap. I've been using it since shortly after it came out and have been very pleased. The ribbon interface is easy to get used to. When you are checking alternatives be sure to check with your users about what features/functions they use in Office and make sure those are available in the alternatives. Also check out any macros or other Office code that might be around.

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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    I have version 2.3.0 too, and a .docx file I tried the other day didn't open for me even though I do also have Office 2003 and the Office 2007 converter. Maybe the version jonWallace mentioned from http://go-oo.org is different. Their site seems to claim that their build does things that the regular build doesn't do. (My Open Office came from http://www.openoffice.org .)

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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    The version at go-oo.org is built from the Novell version and includes a couple of features that haven't (or hadn't) quite made it to the official builds (and a different splash screen...). There isn't a 2.3.1 build yet..
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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    I've now installed the version from go-oo.org instead, and it does indeed open a .docx file that the version from openoffice.org wouldn't open.

    Ian

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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    Al

    Experiment shows that the build from go-oo.org will open a .docx file but the build from openoffice.org won't.

    Ian

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    Re: Open Office and .docx

    Ahh... and with Novell and Microsoft making that partnership a while back, this is probably why the version of OpenOffice.org from http://go-oo.org works, and not the one from the parent project site.
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