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answered 2012-12-31 00:29:24 +0200mgn
Guys, I came across this thread when researching how to do batch conversion on windows write to some other format. The resolution to that quest was some source code buried deep in another thread http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-software-2/reading-a-windows-write-file-616650/
The relevant link is http://www.msxnet.org/word2rtf/write.c
This converts to RTF. It's GPL. I suspect it won't be hard for someone to pick up this codebase and write a converter for LibreOffice. I'm not volunteering, but I could help
answered 2012-08-13 18:28:23 +0200
This post is a wiki. Anyone with karma >750 is welcome to improve it.
The best/only real .wri tool I have found, a bit klunky but very effective, is Crystal Office Systems tool Maple: http://crystaloffice.com/maple/
You can use it for 30 days free.
Once installed, open it up and crush the left pane away. Do File->Import, change the file type to windows write .wri, browse up the next file to convert, open it up, looks great, just like back in the late nineties, so now File->export, browse up the original again as Windows Write .wri. highlight(select) it, but then change the file type to Word 2007 docx, save, Edit->Select All (^A), Edit->Clear(Delete), and repeat as necessary.
Maybe the guys at Crystal Office Systems could donate some wri conversion code to Libre/Open Office?
answered 2012-08-11 21:51:23 +0200DGPickett
I have a smattering of personal correspondence. It was the poor man's Word back when. It'd be nice to see the original formatting restored. My oldest system is vista. I just trashed my win95 disks!
answered 2012-07-30 03:38:42 +0200qubit
Right, AFAIK the only thing that creates.wri files is Microsoft Write (what a blast from the past! :-)
I found a .wri file here. I'm able to open that using LibreOffice 3.4.4 on Ubuntu 11.10. I get a little "####" and unicode spew at the top of the file and at the bottom of page 4, but I believe that nearly all of the text comes through.
Do you have any sample files we could take a look at? (you might have to open a bugzilla bug to upload them, as Ask.LO is very restrictive re: upload filetypes)
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