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    Old Document Conversion (2002/sp 2)

    I have a ton of historical documents that are hanging around on my server as a left over from the days when we used stand alone computers. These files predate our use of MS Word and therefore must be converted. The standard converters in MS Word 2002 handle less than half of these files.

    The files are all in WordPerfect 5.x, I believe. However, that type of information is something I typically can't get until I've tried to convert the document. In a corrupted conversion, that information can be found near the top of the converted document. Naming is also a problem as little attention was paid to extensions. I have numerous files with a name such as "mr2.rpt". The "rpt" means that the typist was probably working on a report. Other extensions include "app" for application and the like. The extension "WPD" doesn't often appear on these files, even though they were created in wordperfect. I tried Word Port and it couldn't get the job done.

    Any suggestions?

    CJ

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    Re: Old Document Conversion (2002/sp 2)

    Word's filters for WordPerfect documents are serviceable but not ideal. There are a variety of third party tools developed just for this. Naturally, I can't remember any of their names, but I get that Google would get you in the ballpark.

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    Re: Old Document Conversion (2002/sp 2)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by macropod on 17-Oct-03 13:33. URL for MS supplemental converters added)</P>Hi CJ,

    MS has a range of supplemental converters supporting more formats. They could convert old docs with varying degrees of faithfulness to the originals. I've heard some bad reports about the MS WP converters, but at least you should get all the text in a format that is reminiscent of the original. As a last resort, you could try opening the files with notepad/wordpad, or using Word's 'recover text' option.

    Cheers
    PS: You can check out the available converters at: http://office.microsoft.com/officeupdate/c...=CD010224971033
    Cheers,

    Paul Edstein
    [MS MVP - Word]

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    Re: Old Document Conversion (2002/sp 2)

    Yep . . . MS Word's file conversions will work to point. It took me about 1/2 hour to get a portion of a document cleaned up after getting the garbled conversion from Word. That is a lot of time I have to bill to someone. And this occurs all the time for me. Hence the need for a stand alone program that will convert those pesky, ancient files.

    If you guys can come up with some names, I'd be grateful. Google searches have found some for me, but nothing that works so well.

    CJ

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    Re: Old Document Conversion (2002/sp 2)

    Don't know if your Google search turned up WordPort, but I've used it with satisfactory results. http://www.acii.com/wpt.htm

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