5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 30, 2010 4:11 AM by Tom Gewecke
MartinJapan Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
Hello,

I have A LOT of .odt files, created using NeoOffice for Mac.

I would like to convert these files into a format my new iPad can read using Pages.

I do not have Pages on my Mac, only the app on my iPad.

On my Mac I use a combination of Microsoft Word for Mac and NeoOffice.

Now, I have tried opening a .odt file in NeoOffice and saving as in various formats. But I cannot seem to find a format that will sync onto the iPad.

First question: Which format should I save my .odt files as in order to successfully be able to sync and open in Pages on the iPad?

Second question: Assuming there is an answer to the first question, is there a way to convert ALL my .odt files into an iPad friendly format WITHOUT having to open them one by one and do each conversion individually?

I have over 100 .odt files to convert!

Thanks,

Martin

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), MBP 15 inch 2,2 late 2006, iPodTouch G1, iPad 32GB Wi-Fi.
  • lllaass Level 10 Level 10 (154,435 points)
    Without additional apps the iPad can read the following mail attachments:
    Mail attachment support
    Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel).

    I use the app GoodReader that views a lot od document types and allows creating folder to organize them. DocumentsToGo allows editing and creating many document types.
  • cstross Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    If you know how to use the terminal and UNIX command line, OSX 10.4 and higher come with a command for converting document file formats, textutil. E.g. to change all the OpenDoc (.odt) files in a directory into Word 2008 .doc files you would do something like this:

    for filename in *.odt; do; textutil -convert doc $filename; done

    If you know some AppleScript you may be able to bind this to a folder action.

    Pages can open .doc files as attachments in Mail. And if you save your files to a DropBox account, DropBox can view .doc files and pass them to Pages to edit -- although to get them out of Pages you'll need to either use an iLife.com account (which won't handle Pages files over 40 pages long) or register with GetHabilis to mail them back to your DropBox account.
  • MartinJapan Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    "OSX 10.4 and higher come with a command for converting document file formats, textutil. E.g. to change all the OpenDoc (.odt) files in a directory into Word 2008 .doc files you would do something like this:

    for filename in *.odt; do; textutil -convert doc $filename; done

    If you know some AppleScript you may be able to bind this to a folder action."

    Thanks for this, but I'm not adept at using Terminal and I really don't understand how to bind things to folders. Could you provide a walk-through?

    Cheers.
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (74,275 points)
    Now, I have tried opening a .odt file in NeoOffice and saving as in various formats. But I cannot seem to find a format that will sync onto the iPad.


    The format to use is .doc
  • MartinJapan Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thank you.

    .doc

    But is there a way to convert a large batch of .odt files to .doc files?

    For instance, using Terminal. What should I enter?

    Cheers