Articles/Converting Office2007 documents
For those having problem when they receive docx and other office2007 formats from others you can convert them to doc, ppt etc using this procedure. * Download odf-converter-1.1-7.i586.rpm for i386 systems or odf-converter-1.1-7.x86_64.rpm for x86_64 systems.(The links are here for these rpms http://download.go-oo.org/red-carpet/ooo-680/sled-10-sp-i586/odf-converter-1.1-7.i586.rpm http://download.go-oo.org/red-carpet/ooo-680/sled-10-sp-x86_64/odf-converter-1.1-7.x86_64.rpm) * For debian based distros install the rpm package by doing this as root: aptitude install -y rpm (do it as sudo for kubuntu, etc) * rpm based distro users should install sudo yum -y install cpio rpm(those wishing to "emerge" can use the equivalent package) * Open a console. * Change directory to your download directory. Depending on your setup, it may be: cd ~/Desktop * To unpackage the rpm, run this command: rpm2cpio odf-converter*rpm | cpio -ivd * To copy the binary run this command: sudo cp usr/lib/ooo-2.0/program/OdfConverter /usr/bin * Optionally you may now delete the opt and usr directories you just unpacked as well as the .rpm file you downloaded. However, you may wish to keep the files under usr if you are interested in documentation and sample OpenXML documents. * It needs certain library files like libtiff.so.3 by name but on my system libtiff.so.4 was installed. So I made a link with this name. ln -s /usr/lib/libtiff.so.4 /usr/lib/libtiff.so.3 (If he asks for some other files like this do the same thing). Usage The usage is simple. To convert a .docx file (Word 2007) to a .odt (OpenDocument Format) file, just run: OdfConvert /i example.docx Then, you will find the .odt file in the same directory as the .docx. Then, open the ODF file in OpenOffice.org or your favorite office suite. The same procedure works for presentations also to some extent. However, I would like to add that it is a non-free proprietary format being touted as an "open" standard. If you are a hardliner right wing freedom evangelist, If somebody sends it to you politely request them for another format!
Creator: Gajendra Nand Khanna