any number of files from one format, such as ".doc" to
such as ".pdf" or ".txt". It isn't limited to word processing files. It can do
conversion that OpenOffice.org can perform because it uses
OpenOffice.org to do the actual conversion. OpenOffice.org is an
excellent office suite that includes a word processer (Writer), a
spreadsheet (Calc), a presentation program (Impress), a drawing program
(Draw), and a database program (Base), all for no cost. OODocBatchConverter
will run on any computer and any operating system that has Java and
OpenOffice.org installed. A variant of OpenOffice.org, called "LibreOffice" has been created recently and will also work with OODocBatchConverter.
OODocBatchConverter is a
Graphical User Interface (GUI) client, written in Java, that uses the
OpenOffice.org program as a server. OpenOffice.org actually does the
conversions. When OODocBatchConverter starts
up, it also starts OpenOffice.org. Then, to request a
communicates with OpenOffice.org and makes the request. Open office
conversion to make depending on the input files' extensions (which
don't all have to be the same) and the output extension (which is the
same for all output files).
to work, you must have OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice installed in your computer. You
can get OpenOffice.org for free at: http://www.openoffice.org/.
LibreOffie is available at: http://www.libreoffice.org/, also free. OODocBatchConverter is written in Java so you must also have Java 1.4 or later installed. The latest
version of Java is available free at: http://www.java.com/. Because it is written in Java, OODocBatchConverter will run on any machine that has Java installed. OODocBatchConverter
should run on the Apple Macintosh but I have not tested it there. If
you try it on your Mac, please let me know whether you were
downloads as a ZIP file, OODocBatchConverter.zip.
You need to unzip the file and extract the folder
"OODocBatchconverter". In Microsoft Windows, you can do that
right-clicking the ZIP file and selecting "Extract all...". Move the
extracted folder to the directory where you normally store your
application programs, for example in Microsoft Windows, that would be
C:\program files\. Once you've moved the folder to its proper location,
open the folder and find the file OODocBatchConverter.jar.
Double-clicking that file will start the program running. If you wish,
you may manually make a desktop shortcut to that OODocBatchConverter.jar
its first run, the program will attempt to open OpenOffice.org. If it
cannot find the OpenOffice.org executable file, soffice.exe, it will ask you to find it.
On Windows XP it
will usually be found in "C:\Program Files\<OpenOffice.org
folder>\program\soffice.exe", where the "<OpenOffice.org folder>"
is the name of the folder where OpenOffice.org was installed.
On Windows 7 it will usually be found in "C:\Program Files (x86)\<OpenOffice.org
NOTE: In Microsoft Windows, OODocBatchConverter
will start OpenOffice in its "headless" state. That is, OpenOffice will
not display its usual user interface and will be invisible. There is no
need for the interface because OODocBatchConverter will communicate directly with Openffice. When you exit OODocBatchConverter, it will also terminate the invisible OpenOffice process.
On Unix or Linux variants the OpenOffice.org or LibreOffice executable will usually be found in /usr/lib/openoffice/program/soffice or /usr/lib/libreoffice/program/soffice.
Note that in Linux or Unix the OpenOffice or LibreOffice GUI (Graphical
User Interface) will open. Do not close OpenOffice or LibreOffice until
you are done with your conversions because OpenOffice or LibreOffice is
what is doing the work of conversion.
NOTE: In Linux OODocBatchConverter
will start OpenOffice in its normal state, displaying its usual user
interface. Since you do not need to interact with OpenOffice itself
while using OODocBatchConverter to convert files, you can minimize the interface or move it out of the way. When you exit OODocBatchConverter, OpenOffice will still be running. You can then use its user interface to exit OpenOffice.
If you can't
find the OpenOffice executable, right-click the OpenOffice.org desktop shortcut (in Windows), select properties and
the property window will open. Choose the Shortcut tab. The Target:
text box will have the location of the soffice.exe file. You will only
have to do this once because the program will store the location for
its future reference.
the program, it will first open the OpenOffice.org program, which does
actual file format conversions. Then the main panel will appear:
can set up for the conversion as follows:
the input files to be converted:
the Select Input Files
button. A file selection dialog will appear.
to the folder containing the files you want to convert.
the files you want to convert by the usual clicking, shift-clicking,
Click the Open button to
complete the selection.
Click on the Select Output Folder
Navigate to the folder that you want the
converted files to be stored into.
Click on the Open button to
complete the selection.
document type from the Select
drop down list. This selection will narrow the selections in
output file extension list. If you choose "All", then the output file
extension list will include extensions from all the different document
Choose the output file type from
the Select output file
extension drop down list. If the extension you want isn't
in the list,
just type your desired extension in. If the conversion can't be done
for that type,
you will be informed when the conversion is attempted.
the Perform Conversion
button. The conversion will proceed. When it is
complete a message dialog will appear announcing completion and whether
there were any conversion failures.
see a report of the successful and unsuccessful conversions, click on
the Show Log
button. If you want a permanent copy of the log, select all the text in
the log window and copy it to a word processor such as Word or notepad.
From there you can save it to a file or print it out.
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