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Re: Converting sxw files to ps or pdfs

On Thu, 2007-04-10 at 11:53 -0500, Ron Johnson wrote:
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> On 10/04/07 11:27, Bill wrote:
> > On Thu, 2007-04-10 at 06:33 -0500, Nate Bargmann wrote:
> >> * Bill <bill3@uniserve.com> [2007 Oct 04 06:21 -0500]:
> >>> Hi folks,
> >>>
> >>> I've got a problem with Open Office Writer. I've done a mail 
> >>> merge that produces a ton of .sxw files. These need to be 
> >>> faxed in bulk, but of course none of the fax programs can 
> >>> handle bulk input. No prob. I wrote a looping script using efax 
> >>> which uses ps/tiff input and that works. But I can't find a
> >>> utility to convert OOo .swx files to ps. Any suggestions?
> >>> I've googled my fingers off.
> >> .sxw would be the old Star Office format files so modern tools would
> >> probably work with .odt files which are Open Document Format (ODF). 
> >> Other than opening the files in OOo and printing to a file. which
> >> results in a .ps output, there doesn't seem to be an outside converter.
> >>
> >> - Nate >>
> >  Yes this is an older version of OO but like you say there 
> > isn't an external filter such as pdf2ps. The problem though
> > remains the same - bulk conversion - so the export to pdf and 
> > print to file .ps options are useless because they're done one
> > at a time. It would take me a week to get the job done.
> > 
> > It's a definite shortcoming in OO. 
> AbiWord might be able to do what you want.
No I checked. There is a difference between internal file formats
and exportable or print-to-file formats. This secondary support
can be applied only to one file at a time. It's a time consuming
and error prone process when you're looking at a massive mail
merge. You just know you're going to get 10-20% errors - typos,
omissions, misnaming etc. <shudder>. 


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