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#1 2007-09-13 15:21:51

matt_man22
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[Solved] OpenOffice *.docx

I am trying to use OpenOffice to open the new Word docx files that I keep getting.  I followed the instructions here:

http://www.blogmanno.com/?q=node/64

But whenever I try and open a docx it says the file is corrupted.  I notice it states you need the Novell version of OpenOffice.  Has anyone had any luck getting this to work with the ArchLinux build?  Thanks.

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#2 2007-09-13 18:01:19

skottish
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice *.docx

Have you tried with OpenOffice 2.3 from testing? I don't know if it will work, but I heard that there's supposed to be a built in filter.

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#3 2007-09-13 20:13:40

shen
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice *.docx

You will likely run into the issue that the .docx is an M$ IP thing that Novell has access to since they payed the piper so to speak and it's a closed source proprietary format we won't get access to. I could be wrong but I doubt M$ is keen on releases it for public consumption.

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#4 2007-09-13 23:05:47

matt_man22
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice *.docx

skottish wrote:

Have you tried with OpenOffice 2.3 from testing? I don't know if it will work, but I heard that there's supposed to be a built in filter.

I have 2.3, still not working sad

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#5 2007-09-13 23:53:23

shen
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice *.docx

Here's an online service that converts em not sure how well it works but worth a try..

http://www.zamzar.com/

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#6 2007-09-13 23:54:54

shen
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice *.docx

Also according to the Openoffice site a filter for them will be available in the future but no date or version designated.

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#7 2007-09-14 04:50:45

matt_man22
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice *.docx

Thanks for the replies.  I will hope for the best in the future (and for people to not use docx!)

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#8 2007-11-30 05:54:57

loupy
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Re: [Solved] OpenOffice *.docx

Has anyone been able to get the docx and xlsx converters working on Arch?  I've seen a few other distros have them working - but I only care about Arch cool

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