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automate document conversion ms word MAC to Libre

asked 2019-12-01 14:21:51 +0100

mhead110 gravatar image

Any way to automate the process of converting thousands of MS Office (mostly word / Office 2011 for Mac) documents to Libre; vs opening each one in Libre and saving?

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Command line parameters in help.

But why do you need that? What's wrong with keeping those thousands documents in original format - until the moment you actually need to edit them? Every release brings new MS Office interoperability fixes into LibreOffice; that means that some documents that were imported wrong in older LO version, start import better; so converting a document today, that you will need to edit three years from now, you risk using a worse conversion code, and get worse results than if you keep your DOCX and open it in three years with newer LibreOffice.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-12-01 15:01:06 +0100 )edit

Thanks, Mike, for the reply. I'm not sure (if/why I need that). I've been using Word for 20 years or so; I am revolted and revolting about the new $99/year option. But fearful that if I don't convert, I will lose everything, that perhaps Libre or whatever else I do wind up using will eventually be unable to 'understand' a program as old as a 2011 version.

On another front-- I downloaded Libre, and it seems fine for my simple uses-- except that I don't see a way to use voice recognition. I have nerve damage in one hand and can only type "6-fingered" so voice recognition is very helpful when my hand gets too tired. It does not appear that this is an option, at this time, although I read a little about integrating google's voice recognition into Libre, but I think ...(more)

mhead110 gravatar imagemhead110 ( 2019-12-01 15:56:41 +0100 )edit

Just to mention: File -> Wizard -> Document Converter ..., which has been reported to work on .docx as well (though LibreOffice Help only mentions .doc extension)

Opaque gravatar imageOpaque ( 2019-12-01 18:58:53 +0100 )edit

perhaps Libre or whatever else I do wind up using will eventually be unable to 'understand' a program as old as a 2011 version

Your concern is understandable. We know that e.g. MS Office 2010+ can't open MS Word 95 files ...

Fortunately, LibreOffice can, and even allows to open Word for DOS documents.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2019-12-01 20:05:33 +0100 )edit

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answered 2019-12-02 01:36:02 +0100

You could script it with unoconv:

https://linux.die.net/man/1/unoconv

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