Novell released version 1.1 of the OpenOffice.org OpenXML Translator. The big difference is that 1.0 could only convert .docx while 1.1 also convert .pptx and .xlsx into their OpenDocument equivalents (.odt, .odp, and .ods, respectively).
The odf-converter only integrates into Novell and Ubuntu editions of OpenOffice.org. The odf-converter may work with the Go-Oo edition, but I am not sure. It does not work with the upstream version (the version from the OpenOffice.org web site that most people use) or with the Fedora version, so don't even try.
Alternate downloads from Go-Oo
The Go-Oo has two little-known download location that often have newer versions. I assume these are development snapshots, so they may be unreliable. These are the sites:
As of today, the latest versions there are the same as the Novell:
- odf-converter-1.1-7.i586.rpm (Linux i386 as an .rpm)
- odf-converter-1.1-7.x86_64.rpm (Linux x86_64 as an .rpm)
- odf-converter-1.1-7.oxt (Windows as an .oxt OpenOffice.org extension)
Downloads from OpenXML/ODF Translator Add-ins for Office
The above odf-converter code is the same code as OpenXML/ODF Translator Add-ins for Office which is a plugin for Microsoft Office to read and to write ODF files. Yes, it's developed with the help of Microsoft. You can get command line tools form both sites, but the difference, according to Tor Lillqvist, is that
Novell builds odf-converter using Mono, and distributes it as a so-called bundled executable (platform-specific executable that includes the Mono runtime, i.e. not a platform-independent managed .NET executable) for Linux and Windows.
The future of odf-converter
Once OpenOffice.org 3 comes out and the native xmlfilter module is ready, odf-converter will be obsolete, says OpenOffice.org hacker Hubert Figuiere. "OdfConverter is an interim solution. We are confident that the OOX importer is already better or that it will be pretty soon."
Of course, odf-converter will still be useful for batch conversions and in Microsoft Office.
- Convert OpenXML documents in Windows using command line using OdfConverter
- Convert OpenXML (.docx, etc.) in Linux using command line using OdfConverter
- Review: Zamzar.com Converter .docx to .odt
- Review: docx2rtf Document Converter
- Review: Office Compatibility Pack .docx to .doc
- Install Free Office 2007 Fonts for Linux and XP
There are many ways to open OpenXML documents. I'll post more details soon. Subscribe so you don't miss them. :)