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Need a FILE CONVERSION utility: WordStar 4 to RTF

Post by brl... » 2007-11-22 16:10:24

Hard to believe, but before adopting Nisus Writer on my first Mac in April 2006, my word processor was (and sometimes still is) WordStar 4 -- ever since 1984. And I am a professional writer.

So... I have a lot of WordStar 4 files I would like to be able to work on in NW. Simple files I can output as plain TXT from WS4. Easy.

But I have several hundred large files that include formatting, which I would like to convert to RTF with all or most of the formatting intact.

Does anyone know of a utility that can do this? Convert WordStar 4 (NOT 5 or 7) to RTF, or even to DOC (yuk).

I do have an old DOS utility called xword that will convert WS4 files to several other 1980s orphan file formats -- such as xywrite.

Thanks for any suggestions.

BRL...

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Post by mrennie » 2007-11-22 22:45:57

Normally, for this type of conversion, you'd use MacLinkPlus, but the list of supported formats shows that the earliest version of WordStar it supports is WordStar *5*.

I would recommend asking your question in the WordStar Users Group; they might be able to give you a detailed answer.
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Post by brl... » 2007-11-22 22:50:58

Thanks for the links.

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I do have WordStar 5. I did some experimenting, and found I can do some reformatting in WS5 that is not possible in 4, then re-save each file in ws5 format, which should then be ingestible by MacLink.

Thanks again.

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Post by gemboy27 » 2007-11-26 14:28:29

I've never figured out how to use automator, but cound't you use it to save all your wordstar files as rtf's and then just open then as needed with NWP
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Post by brl... » 2007-12-04 20:54:36

Thank you!

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