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Document Text Conversion Software

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Document Text Conversion Software

Does anyone know if there is a FREE document file text conversion software?
I use Microsoft Publisher 98 to produce letters and other documents (posters/lists etc.,) and they end with the  .pub suffix
I have tried to open these with "other" programs on my computer, to see if I can send them via email to others who do not have Publisher.  I think a lot of people have MS Word of one version or another.  (Notepad gives a version in funny symbols- totally useless) and others say it is not a recognised file version...
Is there a software program, preferably FREE, that will convert to  RTF  Word or even PDF (as most people can get Acrobat reader)
I have tried to open it with Open Office 2.3 but even that does not work (for me).
Have done a google, but can only find software that converts PDF to other file types, or hex mex tex html etc
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Mal08
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Re: Document Text Conversion Software


It's unlikely that you can convert Publisher to anything like Word or Open Office - as Publisher has layout facilities greater than Word ( Otherwise why use it and not Word ? )
But you could try a convertion utility that allows you to print to PDF

http://www.primopdf.com/
Midnight_Caller
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Re: Document Text Conversion Software

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Re: Document Text Conversion Software

I use it because I got a copy free somehow,    Wink    years ago, and it is the only thing I can get along with....    Smiley  
tried word, and other DTP from MS in spreadsheet progs etc., but somehow they seemed like hard work     Embarrassed  so I kept on with Publisher 98
(started off as 95, so you can see how old my copy is! !)
Will have a look at the link (s) ..... thanks   Wink  
any other useful ideas still welcome...   Smiley
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Re: Document Text Conversion Software

You can do it online at
http://blog.zamzar.com/2008/01/25/convert-ms-publisher-files-pub-files-to-doc-pdf-odt-rtf-and-more/
You can of coarse in Publisher save it as a jpg, tiff, or png image or a webpage if they dont need to edit it then both these will work
imroberts
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Re: Document Text Conversion Software

I use a piece of software called doPDF.
Installs itself as a printer and really couldn't be any simpler to use!
And its free Smiley
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Re: Document Text Conversion Software

@ samurai...... tried saving it as .jpg    .tff    but both failed to open,  header not recognised
@ Ian.....  thanks for that one.... will check it out..
Regards to all for help. Wink
pierre_pierre
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Re: Document Text Conversion Software

just printed this thread off via the PDF printer prog, result below