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NewsForge: OpenDocument Format Gains Handy Conversion Utility

Oct 12, 2006, 09:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"If you use Microsoft Windows but don't have OpenOffice.org installed, you cannot open and read files in the OpenDocument text format (.odt). OOo is free and easy to download and install, but what if you're on a public terminal or a dialup connection? That's when you turn to AODC (An OpenDocument Converter), a small, free utility that quickly converts .odt files into .html files that you can see in your browser or text editor--no office suite necessary.

"Recently I was using a workstation at a library and received an important file from a source. I needed to access the file right away and didn't have time to download and install OpenOffice.org on the library's computer, even if I'd had permission to do so. I found AODC's beta release on SourceForge.net. The zipped package is only 485KB in size, unzips in seconds, and let me view my file when and where I needed to. After I used it at the library, I decided to test it further on my own computer..."

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