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Old 03-10-2016, 10:29 AM   #1
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Wordperfect Conversion or Open in OpenOffice or LibreOffice


We have years of WordPerfect documents that need to be converted from WordPerfect to open documents useful in either OpenOffice or LibreOffice and I have been pretty worthless at figuring out just how do that. Even getting from WP to .doc or .docx would be fine.

I have current versions of both OO and LO (RPM installation), I have libwpd and I can't find a WPD file type to open a WP document in either OO or LO.,

Is there some utility that can be used to do the conversion, command line, click-'n'-drool, whatever? I've been looking, haven't been able to find anything that looks promising. I kind of suspect that the built-in converter in OO or LO is not active and wonder if I need to build either (or both) from scratch including libwpd (or whatever).

Appreciate any advice on the easiest way to make it happen.
 
Old 03-10-2016, 10:53 AM   #2
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Hi there,

I haven't used WP in literally ages, but found some 20 year old documents lying around on my machine. They are .WPD files - not sure if that is/was the default format/extension?.

I managed to convert these to .odt quite easily, with:

Code:
soffice  --convert-to odt --outdir /tmp/new *.WPD
The only unexpected catch was that I needed to close the running copy of LibreOffice before doing this, otherwise it did nothing.

Hope this helps.
 
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Old 03-10-2016, 12:57 PM   #3
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They are .WPD files - not sure if that is/was the default format/extension?.
All the couple of hundred documents we have are .wpd, so maybe, maybe not, but I don't care as long as I can convert the things, eh?

Your suggestion worked wonderfully, thank you.

Tried it in both OpenOffice 4.1.2 and LibreOffice 5.1.0.3, worked best in LO (OO insists on opening the file -- which is garbage -- but does the conversion just as well as LO). I think I can stop OO from opening the file but that's neither here nor there: your suggestion works.

Thank you again.
 
Old 03-10-2016, 03:41 PM   #4
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Sorry, I didn't see your post earlier. As you have found out, LibreOffice will open WordPerfect documents and then you can save them in a "new" format. I've opened twenty year old WP documents with LibreOffice and they displayed perfectly.
Cheers!
 
Old 03-10-2016, 05:25 PM   #5
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I couldn't figure out exactly how to open a WP document (all of them are .wpd), searching down the list of "foreign" formats, could not find anything but WordPerfect graphics on the list. And, of course, the wizard is only Microsoft Word and Excel and whatever.

Sign.

But the method suggested works as a batch process -- lots and lots of .wpd, all covert to Open Document, life is good. Do not want to sit there and open those blasted things one at a time and save-as.

Might be good to know, though, if I'm just blind enough not to see the format on the drop-down list...

Thanks for the input.
 
  


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