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#1 User is offline   biblebilt 

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 08:40 PM

I purchased a new computer with Windows 7. I copied all of my documents that were saved in Works format (.wps) into the Documents folder. I installed OpenOffice as my new word processor since I din't want to buy Microsoft Office. Now is there an easy way to convert my Works files into a format that OpenOffice can read since Windows 7 didn't come with Works.
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:14 PM

I don't know about openoffice (I haven't used it in a while), but libreoffice (which is based on the source code of openoffice and has a nearly identical interface) can open WPS files (unfortunately, it cannot edit them). I just created a WPS file in word 2010, and then opened it in libreoffice. The document opened just fine, though when I tried to save it gave me the 'save as' box and WPS wasn't one of the options under 'file type'. btw libreoffice can also open/edit DOCX files (word 2007/2010), and I think openoffice can only open them (if you save, you have to do it in a different format). Also, you can try zamzar.com (you upload the file, and can convert it to other things like DOC, word 2003 and earlier, or ODT, which is openoffice/libreoffice/opendocument). However, I imagine that might be a bit of a pain with a lot of files and I'm not sure I'd want to trust my files with a web-based service. Man, don't you hate it when Microsoft has to use WPS for MS Works (now extinct, replaced with Office 2010 Starter, which you might have preinstalled) and DOC for word 2003 and earlier, and DOCX for newer versions, and DOC for wordpad in earlier versions of windows and DOCX for the later ones, and the earlier one can't open DOCX and the newer one can't open DOC.... UGHH...

Also, you can download Office 2010 Starter here: http://forums.mydigi...ce-2010-Starter (this might already be preloaded on your PC. It includes Word and Excel, though a few features are limited for most users it has all you need, and it has a little ad off to the side of it. Note: that download has 33 files, so it is a bit of a PITA. I've tried it though, and know it works.) My full copy of office 2010 can open WPS files just fine, so presumably the Starter version can too.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 01:54 AM

Yep, LibreOffice will read those orphaned files.
http://www.libreoffi...ures-and-fixes/

And you won't have it 'expire' and then have to pay someone for the 'privilege' of seeing/editing your documents.
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Posted 21 January 2012 - 11:18 AM

Fyi, Office 2010 Starter does NOT expire.
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Posted 21 January 2012 - 02:38 PM

View PostLiveBrianD, on 21 January 2012 - 11:18 AM, said:

Fyi, Office 2010 Starter does NOT expire.


If it wasn't bundled on your PC (like all the other trialware garbage that you spend the first day or two uninstalling from a new windoze machine), you can't (legally) have it at all.

And why use a CRIPPLED Microsoft office branded garbage crammed full of ad-ware, when you can have a very robust, complete, internationally supported, universal office suite FOR FREE?

Not just 'free' for now, with limitations and strings attached; COMPLETELY FREE FOREVER!

And it WILL read, edit and write 'Microsoft Office' documents (word,excel,powerpoint) just fine, and all kinds of other formats, and export PDF files perfectly, and do anything you could reasonably want to try.

http://www.libreoffice.org/download/

A few other projects you might want to try out... ABSOLUTELY FREE, FOREVER.

Want to do some desktop publishing?
http://www.scribus.net/canvas/Scribus

GIMP = Adobe Photoshop
http://www.gimp.org/

Inkscape = Adobe Illustrator
http://inkscape.org/

OpenLaszlo = Adobe Flash/Edge
http://www.openlaszlo.org/

Quanta Plus = Adobe DreamWeaver
http://quanta.source...et/release2.php

OpenShot = Adobe Premiere
http://www.openshotvideo.com/

E-book management & conversion
http://calibre-ebook.com/

Audio editing
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

All-in one video streaming/converting
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

And lots more FREE, open source software. No strings attached. Free as free beer.
http://www.osalt.com/web-development


And other OPEN resources... because just like software, music and video, fonts and clip art usually comes with SEVERE licensing limitations that can come back to haunt you rather nastily.

Open Font Library - Open Font Library
http://www.openfontlibrary.org/

Google Web Fonts
http://www.google.com/webfonts

Linux Libertine Fonts
www.linuxlibertine.org

Open Graphic Design. Free graphics, Free vector graphics, Free templates, free backgrounds, free vector art and code for web developers and graphic designers.
http://www.opengraphicdesign.com

OpenClipArt
http://www.openclipart.org/

Open Directory - Computers: Graphics
http://www.dmoz.org/...uters/Graphics/
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Posted 21 January 2012 - 04:52 PM

Office 2010 Starter is close enough to free ($5 for OEMs to include). Keep in mind that libreoffice can't save WPS files (only open them), which means you'll need to resave stuff to another format when you edit it, and that'll be annoying as then you'll have duplicate files in different formats.


As for that list, I should add one thing to it - Paint.net. Maybe it's not as powerful as photoshop, but it does everything I want to do with images anyway, it's a hell of a lot lighter than Photoshop, it's much quicker to install (and the installer is smaller), the interface is better and cleaner, and it's free. In fact, I forgot to reinstall my pirated copy of photoshop because of it the last time I reinstalled Windows (I pirated it because it costs an absurd amount of money, and there's no way in hell that I can spare that much money.).
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Posted 21 January 2012 - 05:13 PM

Thanks to both of you for your answers. They both sound like decent work-arounds to me. I might try each one and see which one I like better. But frankly, I've been using OpenOffice.org for about a year now and like it just fine so I kind of like the idea of using LibreOffice and then saving the files to Libre's native format.
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Posted 21 January 2012 - 05:20 PM

Both openoffice and libreoffice save things to ODT by default (opendocument). After all, libreoffice was created from openoffice. (The reason I prefer libreoffice is it's ability to save DOCX files; openoffice could only open them the last time I checked.)
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Posted 26 January 2012 - 06:48 PM

LibreOffice is a fantastic office suite for free. I definitely back EvilDave and LiveBrian's recommendations.
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