6008Re: [wpmac] Running WordPerfect on Mac
- Oct 4, 2009A very big 'thank you' to you, Mr Singer.
On 3 Oct 2009, at 19:29, Randy B. Singer wrote:
> On Oct 3, 2009, at 1:25 AM, Christopher George wrote:
> > I have even considered (dreaded thought) somehow converting them all
> > to Word but cannot find a programme that will actually do this
> > securely without loss of some or all formatting
> That is a common problem. Which things have you tried? There are a
> large number of choices for this.
> 1-Purchase MacLinkPlus from DataViz
> and use it to convert your .wpd files to .doc files for use in
> Microsoft Word. This, at first, might seem like the ideal solution,
> but in practice, if your documents have complex formatting, the
> MacLinkPlus translators can be disappointing.
> 2/3-Download AbiWord (free)
> NeoOffice (free)
> and use one of them to open your documents and save them as .doc
> files for use in Word (or continue using AbiWord or NeoOffice as your
> main word processing application). Both of these programs use the
> same exact translators, so it doesn't matter which you use.
> 4-Download the last version of WordPerfect for Macintosh and run it
> in the Classic environment (which won't work on an Intel-based Mac
> since Classic won't run on an Intel-based Mac) or run it using
> Sheepshaver for Intel-based Macs; it will read your .wpd files and
> you can save them in .doc format.
> If your Mac is Intel-based, go to:
> and join, then go to the Links section and look for the
> SheepShaver & Basilisk folder, and download SheepShaver-
> WordPerfect Install (2). This is a free installer for SheepShaver and
> WordPerfect/Mac; instructions are included.
> The free MetaMacro utility, also in the Files section at
> can convert any
> number of WP documents to RTF at one time.
> 5-On your old Windows computer, download the free trial version of
> WordPerfect v.12 for Windows and use the built-in translators, which
> I understand work really well.
> 6-CrossWords, a commercial WordPerfect to Word conversion utility,
> can convert your WP files to Word on your PC before transferring your
> files to your Macintosh. CrossWords has the huge advantage of
> allowing you to convert all of your WP documents in one big batch.
> 7-Use one of the utilities that allow you to run Windows, or Windows
> software, on your Mac (BootCamp, Parallels, Fusion, Crossover, etc.)
> to open your WP files in WP/Win or some other Windows conversion
> 8-Nisus Writer Express/Pro can also open Word Perfect files.
> It uses the same translator used
> by NeoOffice and AbiWord which is this one:
> 9-wpd2sxwbatch.pl is a perl script for doing bulk WordPerfect to
> OpenOffice.org conversions using wpd2sxwbatch.pl. It can be found
> Perl (.pl) scripts are run as-is (interpreted), not compiled from the
> OS X command line. Just do
> You can also use the command-line interface of AbiWord for this in a
> terminal: abiword --help will give you all the info, (may have to do
> AbiWord.app --help instead)
> basic format:
> abiword inputfile.wpd --to=rtf
> will convert inputfile.wpd to inputfile.rtf
> Type "cd /path/to/script" no quotes and hit enter
> Type "./nameofscript.pl" and optionally any arguments/parameters it
> needs, and hit enter.
> I have no experience with that particular script, this is just general
> basic osx/unix/linux terminal/command line stuff. There are numerous
> tutorials online designed to get folks comfortable with the command
> line, and many of those for Linux will also apply to Mac OS X, due to
> the similarities in the shell (command line) interface.
> 10-Zamzar is a free online translator:
> Another similar service:
> Randy B. Singer
> Co-author of The Macintosh Bible (4th, 5th, and 6th editions)
> Macintosh OS X Routine Maintenance
Dr CJD George
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