Opening .rtf in Pages?

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  1. jeejeebu macrumors regular

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    Why doesn't this seem to work? I get a message that says "Unable to open "xxx.rtf" because it isn't a valid Pages document." This is not a problem with Word documents.

    I'm still using the trial, so I want to know if this is going to be a problem before I buy it.
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    Pages opens .rtf files fine for me. Could be because I'm using Leopard though.
     
  3. italiano40 macrumors 65816

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    yea wait for leopard then it gets supported or look for an online convertor
     
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Opening RTF files in Pages does not require Leopard. It's always worked.

    I have seen this issue occasionally though. I think it depends on the source of the RTF file.
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Yes. Pages opens .rtf files here just fine--within limits.
     
  6. jeejeebu thread starter macrumors regular

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    What are those limits? This doc is a doc that I created in Pages, exported as .doc, sent to my friend, then she saved it as .rtf and sent it back to me.
     
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Try opening the file in TextEdit. If that works, you can save it as another RTF file.
     
  8. theBB macrumors 68020

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    It seems Microsoft puts a strange spin on rtf. I don't know who is breaking the standard rules, but I have some software that actually asks me whether I want to save as MS rtf format or some other rtf.

    TextEdit might be able to open it, as suggested.
     
  9. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Why not send your friend the file in RTF format?
     
  10. jeejeebu thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh, no, I sent her the doc in Word because that's how she wanted it. Then I remembered that someone had been complaining to me about opening RTF in Pages, so I asked her to send me one to test it. So she just converted the doc I had already sent her.
     
  11. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I think you might be right. Ironically, the RTF format was created by Microsoft.
     
  12. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    If your friend is using Word on Windows, then she will never know the difference. If by chance she discovers your deception, then explain to her that it is better to reduce the number of file conversions.
     
  13. jeejeebu thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't care about sending her anything. This just happened to be the doc she used for testing purposes. I'm only concerned with my ability to open it now that she's converted it. Someone said that source was the problem, so I explained the source of the doc incase it makes any difference. Also, she used Office 04 on a Mac to convert it.
     

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