I've now posted the revised version of the LOWP Converter (LO=LibreOffice) that can convert to and from WP format. The converted files will not match the formatting of the originals, but should be usable for editing. The original files are not changed in any way during the conversion process; the conversion produces COPIES of the original files in a different format from the original.
The instructions are in the ReadMe file included in the archive. Briefly, to convert from other formats to WP format, change the name of the LOWP Converter so that it includes "to WP" in its name (that's "to WP" with a space between the two words, NOT "toWP" - this is important!). For example, you might call it "LOWP to WP Converter" or anything that includes "to WP". Drop a DOC, DOCX, RTF, HTML, or other standard file on to the renamed application (or double-click it so that it prompts you to select a file). The application will open and close a few windows, and finally create a WPMac 3.0 file (that's WPMac 3.0, not 3.5e) in the same folder as the original, with the same filename as the original but with a ".wpmac" extension added at the end of the name. That extension is arbitrary, and of course you can rename the output files to any name you like, but see the further details about converted DOCX files below. (If the filename of the converted file is longer than 31 characters, you will need to shorten the name before you can open the file in WPMac.)
If you change the "LOWP Converter" application name so that it includes "to WP5" (or "to WP510101010101" - all that matters is the "to WP5" part) it will output files in WP51 format instead of WPMac 3.0. If you change the application name so that it includes "to WP6" (or "to WP61234777" - all that matters is the "to WP6" part), it will output files in WP6.x format. If you use either of these options (for WP5 or WP6) the converted file with have the exension ".wpd" instead of ".wpmac"; ".wpd" is the standard extension or WP files under Windows.
If you convert .DOCX files to WP format, some characters (quotation marks, dashes) will be incorrectly converted. To correct this problem, install the included FixDocX macro into your WPMac installation. Instructions are included in the FixDocXMacro file (a WPMac file). The file also contains a macro that will run the FixDocX macro automatically whenever you open a file with ".docx.wp" in its name; if you install this second macro (the one that runs the first one automatically) you can prevent the FixDocX macro from running on a converted .DOCX file simply by changing the converted file's name so that it does NOT include ".docx.wp".
As with the original WPLO Converter, the background conversion processes may take a long time to start the first time you run it, because the underlying LibreOffice code has some long-standing bugs. If you keep getting error messages, restart your machine and try again.
The download link is:
This is the product of a lot of time and effort. Contributions are welcomed here:
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Geoff Gilbert <Geoff@...> wrote:
> Formatting is part of the problem. I'm half inclined to say that I hope
> it does destroy Word's formatting so that I have to clean it up in WP.
> Actually, that's unfair - Word does not produce cludgy formatting, but
> the user does by simply adding a new format rather than clearing the old
> before adding the new.
> > On 02/04/2011 19:11, em315 wrote:
> > Yes, it correctly handles footnotes. Of course, the footnote formatting is likely to be all wrong, but the content should be fine.
> > --- In email@example.com, Geoff Gilbert<Geoff@> wrote:
> >> It would be incredibly useful. ... The only question I would have is whether it
> >> will be able to cope with footnotes?