Re: AbiWord as Word->Text

From: Martin Sevior (
Date: Wed Apr 17 2002 - 20:25:43 EDT

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    On Wed, 17 Apr 2002, Dom Lachowicz wrote:

    > On Wed, 2002-04-17 at 12:52, Thorsten Henninger wrote:
    > >
    > > Hi,
    > >
    > > abiword --to txt word.doc
    > >
    > > does work, but it takes a long time:
    > >
    > > time abiword --to txt freddy_sozialisation.doc
    > >
    > > real 0m1.075s
    > > user 0m0.840s
    > > sys 0m0.050s
    > >
    > > for a two page document - i would like to convert
    > > a lot of documents :)
    > No, do not tune abiword here. Instead. check out wv. It is trivial to
    > turn a Word doc into text using the wvText program or a small C/C++
    > program based on libwv.a that you can write yourself - or if you contact
    > me, I can write it for you for a fee.

    Another possibility is to use the new AbiCommand plugin (on unix only).


    abiword --plugin AbiCommand

    A command line prompt appears as...

    Then type in in....
    load myword.doc
    save myword.txt
    load myword2.doc
    save myword2.txt


     If you don't feel like typing it all in, edit a text file with a
    whole lot of loads and saves, call it convert.txt, then simply do:

    abiword --plugin AbiCommand < convert.txt

    Bingo done!

    Many other editting operations besdies loads and saves can be done this
    way too.

    Of course you'll need the new AbiCommand plugin and you'll need to run on
    unix. The AbiCOmmand plugin will be available for 1.0 which should be out
    Real Soon Now.



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