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    Claris Works conversion (2002 SR 3 )

    I've got someone who is technically clueless who sends me his work done in Claris Works on a Mac. There may not be much I can do by way of empowering him to do anything else. He bought Word at an earlier stage in our relationship, but he clearly has NO idea of how to use it.
    My Word has a very hard time reading the files he sends, and I just get gibberish--though the basic text comes through more or less in a text editor.
    Does anyone know of where I could find a suitable converter?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Claris Works conversion (2002 SR 3 )

    The user should be able to use File | Save As... in ClarisWorks, and select Microsoft Word format.

    Conversion Plus from DataViz claims to be able to convert ClarisWorks files. Not free.

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    Re: Claris Works conversion (2002 SR 3 )

    thanks--the trouble is I don't know Mac, and he is only doubtfully capable of using the save as command. But we'll try!

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    Re: Claris Works conversion (2002 SR 3 )

    I've never seen a word processor that can't save as RTF, which, of course, Word can open just fine.

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    Re: Claris Works conversion (2002 SR 3 )

    With the help of a techie near him, he's managed it--but at the cost of losing all the formatting we'd prepared for publication and the footnotes. He takes the prize for computer ignorance.

    Many thanks to all

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    Re: Claris Works conversion (2002 SR 3 )

    Philip,
    I haven't used ClarisWorks (or AppleWorks as it has been re-renamed) for years but I am sure one of the Save As options is to save in Word .doc format. However, I see you managed to find a solution but for future reference you can always try the AppleWorks Discussion forum.

    One of the down-sides of the Mac, any idiot can use it! <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Claris Works conversion (2002 SR 3 )

    According to a post on an OpenOffice.org mailing list, the open source program AbiWord will open ClarisWorks files. Might be worth a try if you aren't getting the formatting any other way. Then again, the AbiWord Plugins Matrix shows it to be at a very early stage of development. Plan C might be to convince your correspondent to use OpenOffice.org for Mac.

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