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Old 02-14-2012, 07:37 AM   #1
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Default Help with .page or .odt format text

A neighbor recently bought a new MAC computer and no longer sends our board members letters in MS Word format. At first, he sent some .page letters, and today he sent us a .odt letter. I am going to suggest that he send us .pdf versions if he can, but any advice on reading .page or .odt text would be helpful. I am guessing that the Open Office / Open Document software can save in MS Word format, or at least in .txt format.

I am basically a Microsoft Windows user, and MAC is beyond my skills. Any advice or help that I can use, or pass on to my neighbor, would be helpful.
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:57 AM   #2
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If he is using Open Office or something like it he could just save his work as .doc files. Perhaps he just isn't aware of which format to use?

   
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:40 PM   #3
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It wasn't the way Oo worked when I last used it, which was why - along with its poor formatting of Word docs - I decided to dump it and get the real thing. Shame, really.

   
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:44 AM   #4
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While you wait for your neighbour to work out how to save as .doc files (or save as pdf from the Mac Print system, remember you can open .odt in Microsoft Word 2007 and later. There's a free .odt viewer here:
http://www.officeviewers.com/

   
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:44 AM   #5
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This is one of my pet peeves, so I'm happy to sympathize with you. As far as I'm concerned, sending people unsolicited files in proprietary formats is just plain rude. I've had to train the board members of my club to send their various missives in .pdf format instead of .doc, .docx, .xlsx, .ppt etc., unless otherwise requested. I once sent them all .indd (InDesign) files just to prove my point: that you can't assume everyone on Earth is able to open a particular type of commercial or obscure file format, even if it happens to be freeware of some sort (likely single-platform).

If your friend is using a Mac (as I do), then he has no excuse not to send PDFs, because PDF is built right into the operating system. He can create PDFs of anything by simply clicking the "PDF" button in the Print dialog. Maybe, being a new Mac user he isn't aware of this, so you might gently suggest this to him. Any of the Mac word processors (including TextEdit--the Mac equivalent of WordPad) can also save as .doc, .txt and .rtf

   
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:48 PM   #6
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Any of the Mac word processors (including TextEdit--the Mac equivalent of WordPad) can also save as .doc, .txt and .rtf
Yes, but if the chap is using OpenOrifice - which it appears he is - he can't set the program to default to saving as anything other than .odt.

Amazingly, MS Office is moving over to open source file formats.

   
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:52 PM   #7
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In Libre Office, which is a fork of Oo you can set defaults to other file formats including .doc for text documents. So I would be surprised if that was not an option in Oo.

   
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:33 PM   #8
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In Libre Office, which is a fork of Oo you can set defaults to other file formats including .doc for test documents. So I would be surprised if that was not an option in Oo.
I don't know about the Mac version, but the Windows version of Open Office most definitely allowed you to set a default.
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he can't set the program to default to saving as anything other than .odt.
Hmmm. But why does the "anything other than .odt" have to be the default? Is it such a hardship to use the Save As command? Or doesn't Oo have one of those?

   
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As Bo points out, Libre Office and Open Office are very close relatives, and Save As in Libre Office on my Mac gives a long list of possibilities.
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