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[Solved] Opening docs from previous versions are scrambled

Postby Doug S » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:05 pm

I just upgraded to OpenOffice version 3.4.0. When I tried to open a document created in an earlier version of OpenOffice the document was completely garbled and I found ALL documents created in the earlier version are garbled. How can I recover and restore these documents? If there is no way to do that it will be a diaster.

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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby thomasjk » Thu Jun 28, 2012 6:19 pm

When you say garbled exactly what do you mean? Can you attach a sample file here? See viewtopic.php?f=74&t=8289
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby Doug S » Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:53 pm

Hi and thanks for your reply.

When I say garbled I mean scarmbled, with no discernible pattern, words, or anything recognizable from the original composition. I tried to attach one of the files but it would not send a wpd file.

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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby Hagar Delest » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:02 pm

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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby thomasjk » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:45 pm

You didn't say they were wordperfect files. Libreoffice can open them http://www.libreoffice.org/download/
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby Doug S » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:13 pm

Sorry about that. I'm not yet used to working with this reply format. Here are the snapshots.

Well, I tried to attach the snapshot but I got a message saying the file is too big. Don't know what to try next.
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby Hagar Delest » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:16 pm

If they are WordPerfect files, no need to upload screenshots, use zamzar.com to export them or use LibreOffice.

For the record, files are limited to 128kB. You need to crop your screenshot and if necessary reduce the colors depth (save in .png).
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby Doug S » Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:52 am

Properties shows them as OpenOffice.org 1.1 Text Document (.wpd)
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby PGAGA » Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:07 am

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The files may be the earlier StarOffice format rather than ODF. When you installed AOO did you select the option to install the filters for legacy formats?

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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby lgusaas » Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:27 am

Doug S wrote:Properties shows them as OpenOffice.org 1.1 Text Document (.wpd)

They are WordPerfect files. OpenOffice.org 3.3 and earlier could open them. AOO can't open them. LibreOffice can still open them.
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby lgusaas » Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:29 am

PGAGA wrote:The files may be the earlier StarOffice format rather than ODF.

No. They are WordPerfect files. Pre ODF file type for text was .sxw.
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby Hagar Delest » Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:05 am

Doug S wrote:Properties shows them as OpenOffice.org 1.1 Text Document (.wpd)

Your OS may have associated .wpd to OOo 1.1 in the past. This is no longer the case with AOO 3.4.
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby Doug S » Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:56 pm

Well, how do I resolve this issue? I have hundreds of documents that I cannot open. If I uninstall AOO 3.4 will that solve the problem? Can I somehow re-install the earlier version of OpenOffice?
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby thomasjk » Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:46 pm

Install Libreoffice instead of AOO. An earlier version will also solve the problem.
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby RGB » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:01 pm

Also, you can install side by side with AOO AbiWord: AFAIK, this word processor use the last version of libwpd. From AbiWord you can save your documents to odt.
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby Doug S » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:58 pm

So which one do you recommend I install, AbiWord or Libreoffice? Should I uninstall OpenOffice 3.4.0? Is an earlier version of OpenOffice available somewhere?

Gents, I really appreciate your help, let me tell you!
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby RGB » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:35 pm

That's depends on your needs. Abiword is really lightweight: if you don't need fancy stuff with page styles and really complex formatting, it is a really good alternative. But you can install any of those programs side by side with AOO, no need to uninstall. Maybe windows will get a bit confused with file association, but nothing that a right click → open with cannot solve.
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby kingfisher » Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:02 am

I'd be inclined to install an older version of OpenOffice and convert the files to the open document formats. Thereafter update to 3.4.1 at the end of July or thereabouts.
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Re: Problem with OpenOffice 3.4.0

Postby RGB » Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:09 pm

kingfisher wrote:I'd be inclined to install an older version of OpenOffice and convert the files to the open document formats. Thereafter update to 3.4.1 at the end of July or thereabouts.

+1. Remember you can do a batch conversion for several document at the same time with File → Wizards → File converter (or something like that... I do not have an English AOO at hand now).
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Re: Opening docs from previous versions are scrambled

Postby thomasjk » Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:38 pm

I believe the file conversion is limited to MS Office Documents. At least it is in LO 3.5.4.2.
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Re: Opening docs from previous versions are scrambled

Postby Doug S » Sat Jun 30, 2012 4:33 pm

I checked to see which version of OpenOffice my documents were originally created with and it is 1.1 I then downloaded that version but there is no clear instructions on how to install it. Also, should I uninstall 3.4.0?
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Re: Opening docs from previous versions are scrambled

Postby thomasjk » Sat Jun 30, 2012 5:17 pm

If your documents are Wordperfect files, OOo 1.1 will do no good. If they are really V1.1 files they would not have the .wpd extension. Can you attach a sample file here? See viewtopic.php?f=74&t=8289 for instructions. File size is limited to 12KB. If yours are larger than this use www.mediafire.com and post the link here.
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Re: Opening docs from previous versions are scrambled

Postby Doug S » Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:52 pm

I tried to attach one of the problem files but got the message: "The extension wpd is not allowed". This document was created in OpenOffice and has not been converted by me to any other format. All of the documents that I cannot open and that were created in my earlier version of OpenOffice are like this.
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Re: Opening docs from previous versions are scrambled

Postby PGAGA » Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:19 pm

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Doug S wrote:This document was created in OpenOffice and has not been converted by me to any other format. All of the documents that I cannot open and that were created in my earlier version of OpenOffice are like this.


If the document was created with OOo 1.1.x then the problem may be the extension. This version of OOo could not save a document in WordPerfect format. In order to import one, you needed the StarOffice version.

Try opening your file by first selecting the file type option Open Office 1.0 text document. Then put *.wpd in the file name space so you can see the files. Then select a file and see if you can open it.

To have these legacy file formats you needed to have told AOO (or LO) to install the legacy formats).

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Re: Opening docs from previous versions are scrambled

Postby thomasjk » Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:29 pm

Doug S wrote:I tried to attach one of the problem files but got the message: "The extension wpd is not allowed". This document was created in OpenOffice and has not been converted by me to any other format. All of the documents that I cannot open and that were created in my earlier version of OpenOffice are like this.

Post it at the link I gave you in my previous post. Then post that link here.
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Re: Opening docs from previous versions are scrambled

Postby Doug S » Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:38 pm

I have never used WordPerfect to create any of these files. They all were created in OpenOffice 1.1. When I open the link that you gave me it takes me to a cloud site. Don't have a clue as to what I should do there.
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Re: Opening docs from previous versions are scrambled

Postby lgusaas » Sat Jun 30, 2012 9:46 pm

Doug S wrote:I checked to see which version of OpenOffice my documents were originally created with and it is 1.1

As far as I recall, OpenOffice.org was never able to save to WordPerfect file types (.wpd). It can only read WordPerfect files.

LibreOffice can read .wps files but can't save as .wps .
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Re: Opening docs from previous versions are scrambled

Postby thomasjk » Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:01 pm

Doug S wrote:I have never used WordPerfect to create any of these files. They all were created in OpenOffice 1.1. When I open the link that you gave me it takes me to a cloud site. Don't have a clue as to what I should do there.

Hmmm looks like Mediafire has changed. Try http://www.filedropper.com/. Click on upload file to start. Browse to a file and click Open. After the upload completes you will get a link. Post it here.
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Re: Opening docs from previous versions are scrambled

Postby Doug S » Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:34 pm

OK I was able to open Filedropper and upload a file but don't know how to get it to you. That part wasn't clearly explained. Hope you can help. I still don't know whether I should uninstall OpenOffice 3.4.0. Also how to install OpenOffice 1.1 that I downloaded. Any suggestions?
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Re: Opening docs from previous versions are scrambled

Postby thomasjk » Sun Jul 01, 2012 5:30 am

Filedropper should have given you a link to the file. Copy that link and paste it here. You should have gotten something like this:
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