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Old 07-08-2011, 06:50 AM   #1
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Default Reading/interpreting Wordix Files

Does anyone here remember Wordix? It’s a long-obsolete DTP program from the mid/late 1980s. It probably hasn't been on the market in 20 years.

I have just inherited a huge batch of Wordix files from the 1980s. I’m looking for software that can convert them to a more modern format. Needless to say, Microsoft Word does not come with a Wordix import filter. Perhaps it did at one time, long ago, but it doesn't today.

Any ideas?
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Old 07-08-2011, 07:50 AM   #2
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Never heard of it. And I'm not alone: the first 6 pages of hits on Google (I gave up after that) all pertain to a game called Wordix. I checked an old version of MacLink Plus Translators I've got, and Wordix isn't listed as a translation option.

Assuming you've got the files in a modern, readable format, i.e. not on cassette tapes or 8" floppies, and assuming--fingers crossed--that the file format contains some form of ASCII code, you may be able to open them with a general-purpose text editor (BBEdit/TextWrangler are Mac examples, dunno what the Windows equivalents are, sorry), then strip out the formatting code using search-and-replace tools (GREP/Regex). If you were lucky, this would give you the text, but any formatting, images, etc. would be history.

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Never heard of it. And I'm not alone: the first 6 pages of hits on Google (I gave up after that) all pertain to a game called Wordix. I checked an old version of MacLink Plus Translators I've got, and Wordix isn't listed as a translation option.

Assuming you've got the files in a modern, readable format, i.e. not on cassette tapes or 8" floppies, and assuming--fingers crossed--that the file format contains some form of ASCII code, you may be able to open them with a general-purpose text editor (BBEdit/TextWrangler are Mac examples, dunno what the Windows equivalents are, sorry), then strip out the formatting code using search-and-replace tools (GREP/Regex).
I had to tweak the google search to finally get some hits. It was a DTP package that got some good reviews in Info World in the 1980s, but it must never have achieved critical mass. Some of the converter packages I've seen that can read some pretty old stuff (e.g., XyWrite), don't accommodate this one.

I do have the files on a DVD. I can open them up and see the text quite clearly. In a pinch, I could definitely do some kind of Grep/Regex operation and clean them up. However, given the magnitude of this fellow's work (he was VERY prolific), I haven't given up hope of finding some kind of conversion filter.
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:24 PM   #4
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oakapple: I can open them up and see the text quite clearly.
Have you opened them in either Notepad or Wordpad?

I had very old text files of some of the writing my mom did on her old Epson Equity I--some were .doc files but not Word .doc. I was able to open some of them in WordPerfect 8 (which saw them as "MS Word For Windows 97") and these were pretty easy to work with but many of them I ended up opening in WordPad and I was able to just copy/pasted the recognizable text--with some odd unprintable characters--into WordPerfect and then manually cleaned them up.

It can be tedious...'-}}

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Does the coding seem to be for DOS?

What is the filename extension?

From what I can tell, it is not a “desktop publishing program” — it appears to be a [probably] DOS text editing program with some advanced features. It is not WYSIWYG software (unlike DTP programs).

Abbot Software has converted its Mac CanOpener utility to run in Windows. Not sure how far back its formats go historically, but this is a venerable company, and you can try their software for up to 30 days and get your money back if you don’t like it.

   
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Does the coding seem to be for DOS?

What is the filename extension?
Yes, they're unquestionably DOS files, which this individual kept transferring to his new computers over the years, without doing further work on them. The filename extension is ".X".

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From what I can tell, it is not a “desktop publishing program” — it appears to be a [probably] DOS text editing program with some advanced features. It is not WYSIWYG software (unlike DTP programs).
Contemporaneous reviews suggest that WordIX was what passed for a DTP program in the DOS era. Reviewers spoke of its flexibility to produce high-quality output (some of which I have seen). Obviously, one must interpret those statements in the context of what was possible 25 years ago.
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Old 07-08-2011, 02:43 PM   #7
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Way back I used to use QuickView Plus because of its versatility. I see it's still around and you can download 30 day trials of the Standard and Professional versions.

There's a link to their data sheets with a lists of formats covered on their website:

http://www.avantstar.com/metro/home/...tandardEdition

It might be worth trying because it always amazed me how beautifully it opened and formated stuff, even if I could open it in notepad.

Even if they don't list Wordix it might handle it.

From Googling [Wordix Files ] it sounds more as if it is a formatter of text than a word processor.

   
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You could try contacting the man who developed the software, assuming the resume at this link is the real deal. Other than that, my searches are not turning up anything useful.

   
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