.docx for Mac

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  1. Macnoviz macrumors 65816

    Macnoviz

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    I ran across this problem today, when I received a .docx file from a friend, who used the beta1 for Office 12. The new word no longer exports to .doc by default, but to .docx, which is basically a bunch of .XML files that form your document, compressed in a zip archive (reducing it's size by 80%)
    I got a solution from a friend, and what I needed to do, was changing te suffix .docx to .zip, open the file, and then opening the XML file document. I got the text there, but none of the layout. I'm posting this thread for users that might experience the same problem, but also to ask if there aren't any better solutions?
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    First off, you need to explain to your nitwit friend that he should save his documents in .doc format if he intends to send them to friends, if he wants to keep his friends. Please remind him that Word 2007 is still beta. In his world, only he and his other beta-pirating buddies can read .docx documents.

    For Mac users, Microsoft will release a suite of Office 2004 conversion filters for the new XML-based formats. However, they will not be released before the new Office:win is officially released.
     
  3. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    idk about beta 1, but tell your friend that beta 2 (the public beta) can save to basically any version of .doc along with many other formats. tell him to use the 97-2003 one :)
     
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    So we suppose. How Microsoft plans on handling the docx format is not entirely clear. They are submitting it to a standards body, so theoretically, in the future any application could support the format. But it's also expected that Microsoft applications will insert proprietary objects into docx files that will render that openness of the format essentially moot.

    In the meantime, assuming you can't educate your friends to save as, try this product. They say it already supports docx.
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    We are not in dispute, only talking about different things. My comments were based on a message from Microsoft PR flack Tammy Hovey to Macintouch.com and published on that website on Friday, June 30, 2006. Herewith is Ms. Hovey's message reprinted in its entirety:

    Source: http://www.macintouch.com/ Note and Tips 30 June 2006

    Nothing in this post implies that I believe for one microsecond that Microsoft is not Microsoft.
     
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I know, I read this on Macintouch the other day, which started me thinking about how Microsoft will really be handling docx -- as in, the entire story. Where Microsoft is concerned, what they don't say is at least as important as what they do say. For one thing, it's of critical importance that applications other than Word be able to fully support docx. If not, it will be an "open" standard in name only, conceivably a worse situation than what we've got now.

    I realize, this is a bit off topic, but I think it's worth discussing.
     

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