AppleWorks --> PDF, RTF

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Gamoe, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. Gamoe macrumors regular

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    Sep 19, 2006
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    Issue:

    I want to convert all my AppleWorks word processing files to a more portable format: either RTF of PDF, while adding the original file creation date to the file name or to the last line of the document.

    Problem:

    It would take me many hours to convert them all by hand.

    Attempted solution:

    I've tried to use an Automator Workflow to convert the files to PDF, but I've run into some issues.

    I can add the creation date to the original file name easily with Automator (Rename Finder Items). I have also been able to convert them to PDF by adding a PDF printer (saving to PDF from the print dialog box doesn't seem to be supported by any Automator action) using the CUPS-PDF module.

    However, whenever I print an AppleWorks document to PDF, a prefix is added by CUPS-PDF (job_xxx), spaces are replaced with underscores and the name is shortened, stripping it of various characters in the original name and of the creation date in the file name.

    If I could tell Automator to fix the file name after it has been printed to PDF, but I know of no way of doing this.
     
  2. numlock macrumors 68000

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    Mar 13, 2006
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    if you are on leopard then you can create an automator "watch me do" workflow that prints the file as a pdf.

    But how you set it up so it would do one file after another or how long it would take i cant answer
     

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