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Old 11-21-2002, 06:37 AM   #1
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An easy solution for viewing rtf files?


Hi,

I've been going through a site which has some downloadable files, but they're rtf.

I don't have any of the big office suites installed (Open Office, etc.) and I don't really relish the idea of doing so.

The files are just text, really. I just want to read what's in them.

What would be the fastest way?

Some possible routes I'd be happy to follow: PHP or Perl scripts, a shell conversion program, or a standalone program.

Thanks!
 
Old 11-21-2002, 06:44 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

If you're not happy with using some office program or other (kword is good) then you're into converting terrirory. I've never used the following, but...

rtf-to-html converter
 
Old 11-21-2002, 09:43 AM   #3
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This is also an option, albeit a little pricy:
CrossOver Office
http://www.codeweavers.com/products/office/
lets you actually install and run MS Office apps on Linux. Works very well.
 
Old 11-21-2002, 09:59 AM   #4
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Re: An easy solution for viewing rtf files?

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Originally posted by fieldmethods
Hi,

I've been going through a site which has some downloadable files, but they're rtf.

I don't have any of the big office suites installed (Open Office, etc.) and I don't really relish the idea of doing so.

The files are just text, really. I just want to read what's in them.

What would be the fastest way?

Some possible routes I'd be happy to follow: PHP or Perl scripts, a shell conversion program, or a standalone program.

Thanks!
Would you be willing to use AbiWord? I believe it is capable of reading .rft files and even .doc files. It's not that big of a program, though I do think it has sime library dependencies that you may wish to resolve.


I believe there is also something called AntiWord, and there are a few converters out there that will take rich text format and simply convert them into text.

If you're having trouble finding something appropriate, send me Email and I'll dig out an article that discusses this very topic, and I can get you a complete list of alternatives.

I understand that you're looking for the smallest possible tool to get the job done. If Abiword isn't small enough, I'll have an even clearer picture of what you're looking for... and I think there are 2 or 3 even simpler options available.

masinick@yahoo.com
 
Old 02-16-2003, 02:25 AM   #5
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Hi guys,

Sorry for the long delay in responding, and thanks for the replies.

I did try rtf2html, but IIRC (it's been a while) I didn't have much success with that. I didn't end up installing AbiWord, either, as in the interim I've installed Redhat 8.0, and OpenOffice Writer does quite well opening rtf files.

Another rather weird but definitely useful approach I found (and this is *really* fast) is to use Google as a converter (assuming the rtf file is on the web). This search has an example, and you'll see that there's a "View as HTML" option.

Not the most conventional approach, but like I said, it's fast

Thanks again for your help... LQ is great!
-pat
 
  


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