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Posted: 18/03/2008 10:41:30
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How do I convert these files into any other format? Any help would be appreciated. IP: 88.105.198.162
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Posted: 18/03/2008 10:55:06
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I think WPS is Microsoft Works isn't it? They should open in some versions of Word. Try this link for some more info [web link]

If you can get them into Word (or similar) then conversion to PDF should be easy as per the previous thread on PDF files.

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Posted: 18/03/2008 11:25:05
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Thanks Simon, yes it's a works doc. A friend gave it to me on a disc to print out as his printers on the blink. I've tried downloading the converter to convert to word but that didn't work and I got a serious error message. PDF won't accept it but it will print it out in the virtual printer. Great help if you can't open it. The easiest way is to give it back to him and save the original file in say, RTF. IP: 88.105.218.146
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Posted: 18/03/2008 18:32:22
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Copy to a machine that has MS Works installed, and use the "Save As" to save as a Word Document. machine may have to have Word installed.
MS Works is old software now, I believe the last version was V4, the "MS Works" suit now bundled regularly with new machines is actually Word, or a trimmed down version of it.

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Posted: 18/03/2008 19:30:27
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That's exactly what I told my friend to do but it didn't appear to work for some reason. I'm beginning to wonder whether there is a flaw with the file or maybe our old friend, finger trouble Wink IP: 88.105.213.112
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Posted: 18/03/2008 20:08:22
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It is quite logical and correct to say that most things in IT are backwards compatible but not forward compatible.
It’s possible that the file could relate to a later version of MS Works than the version it was attempted to open on.
Work around is to try to find someone who has a machine with the last version of the true works that Microsoft produced.
Alternatively, email it to me as an attachment?
If I cant do anything with it no one will.

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Posted: 18/03/2008 20:39:00
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It's 13.6mb Roy is that okay? Actually I don't have your e-mail address either. Cheers

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Posted: 19/03/2008 08:24:26
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carnkie wrote:

It's 13.6mb Roy is that okay? Actually I don't have your e-mail address either. Cheers

Malcolm


roy@iriscom.co.uk
The file size is no problem as I am on broadband, although there are still many out there who cant get it albeit without paying exorbitant cable fees.

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Posted: 19/03/2008 10:24:17
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It might be worth trying to open it in Word by, in the Open window, clicking on the Files of Type arrow to list the file type options. Somewhere in the list is Recover Text From Any File. The whole file will be listed, dross (OK formatting info) and text. It should be easy to edit out the dross and leave the text. IP: 86.166.150.142
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Posted: 19/03/2008 13:28:28
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Penrhynman wrote:

It might be worth trying to open it in Word by, in the Open window, clicking on the Files of Type arrow to list the file type options. Somewhere in the list is Recover Text From Any File. The whole file will be listed, dross (OK formatting info) and text. It should be easy to edit out the dross and leave the text.


I have obtained about 17 pages of text using this method, I am extremely doubtful about it being MS Works, maybe the extension has been changed. The original had pictures inserted, and there is a likelihood that some text has been lost.
There is at the end of the text "Complied by Roy Blewett February 2007" so it is fairly recent. I suspect that it is some kind of desktop publisher file.
Now I have come across this before, I believe that there is another program that uses the “wps” file extension.
I will keep trying.


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Posted: 19/03/2008 14:27:02
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Thanks for making the effort Roy. As far as I know it was a works file originally but will confirm later. Yes the file is recent and does contain quite a few photos. This is the file he produced after I asked him to save the original in RTF or word format. As you can see it's still a WPS file. Why he doesn't use word or PDF is beyond me.
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Posted: 19/03/2008 15:04:46
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carnkie wrote:

Thanks for making the effort Roy. As far as I know it was a works file originally but will confirm later. Yes the file is recent and does contain quite a few photos. This is the file he produced after I asked him to save the original in RTF or word format. As you can see it's still a WPS file. Why he doesn't use word or PDF is beyond me.


Right, thanks for the information.
Now, I am wondering if the file has become corrupted in some way.
Would it be possible to get another copy?
Was the file emailed to you?
In what format was the "original" that you refer to?

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Posted: 19/03/2008 19:31:20
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It was definately a works WPS file. IP: 88.105.208.112 Edited: 19/03/2008 19:35:45 by carnkie
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Posted: 19/03/2008 21:28:51
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Have a look at this link.... it should help.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=315757

best of luck with it chaps !!

Smile John (newbie)

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Posted: 19/03/2008 21:41:06
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Many thanks for your help, but I know about all this.
Keep it coming in, please, we may hit the jackpot yet.

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Posted: 20/03/2008 13:00:41
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Just one more idea (after this I'm cleaned out so you'll get a rest from me). The comment Roy made about it possibly being a DSP file. It couldn't be an MS Publisher file could it ?

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Not that I'm aware of. My friend assures me that it's a works file. Anyway, thanks for racking your brains. Smile IP: 88.105.221.51
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Posted: 20/03/2008 14:13:03
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carnkie wrote:

Not that I'm aware of. My friend assures me that it's a works file. Anyway, thanks for racking your brains. Smile


Microsoft Publisher 2000 can import and save WPS files (both the 2000 flavour and Works 4).

MS Pub's natural format is PUB.
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