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Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:32 pm
by Stephen Hart
If you can to a two-step process, Pages --> PDF --> Word, here are some resources:

http://www.yourmacteacher.com/2012/10/0 ... ts-to-pdf/
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6650537?tstart=0

Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:22 pm
by Richard Serkes
Stephen Hart wrote:
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:29 pm
Here's a page mentioning http://tyorex.com/iWorkConverter/, and an Automator workflow, but it's rather old.
https://apple.stackexchange.com/questio ... 300#124300
I've never had much luck with Automator. I need to work with it to find out its idiosyncrocies.

Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:40 pm
by Richard Serkes
I decided to tell my MacOS security to let iWork Converter run on my Mac. It works perfectly. What seems to happen is I'll select an iWork file (Pages, Numbers, or Keynote) and drag it to an area within Converter. Then Converter opens the appropriate iWork program, does the conversion to the format I've preselected, drops the converted file to a folder I've also preselected and then closes everything. It works like a charm. And I can do batches of files so I don't have to drag-and-drop one at a time. This is exactly what I was looking for.

For $29.99 I can't complain. It's a one-trick-pony program but that's all I wanted.

Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 4:08 pm
by Stephen Hart
Glad you got this to work.

Maybe you could email the app people with your compliments and a request that they get their app signed properly. Honey to ants. Er, sugar water and red spout to hummingbirds. Well, you see what I mean.

BTW, if you're on a roll, get Microsoft to be able to seamlessly convert old Microsoft Word documents. Did I mention that Microsoft Word can't open old Microsoft Word files?

BTW, we did just the opposite a while back, converting a pretty big pile of recipes from Word files to Pages so we can have our extensive recipe folder available and editable on our iPad, which sits in our kitchen.

Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:23 am
by Richard Serkes
One comment about CloudConvert which was recommended in this thread. Before I took a chance with the standalone program iWork Converter I went to the CloudConvert website and signed up for the "free" account that would let me convert a few files each day. I just wanted to see how it worked. After signing in I had to identify which file(s) I wanted to convert and to what format. But the files to be converted had to be stored on another web server, not on my Mac. For example, I could have the file to be converted in my Dropbox account or my Google+ account or my Microsoft OneDrive account, etc. I selected Dropbox but then was asked to fill in my Dropbox username and password. Nope, no way! I'm inside the CloudConvert website because I had to sign in and now while in CloudConvert I'm being asked to fill in my Dropbox username and password. Would that be stored on the CloudConvert server? Who would have access to that information?

I backed out quickly and signed out of CloudConvert. It's possible that this is harmless and as soon as I would be done CloudConvert would erase my Dropbox username and password but how am I to know? I was really surprised when I found that I couldn't identify a file on my Mac and upload it to CloudConvert directly. Why go through a third party online storage site?

Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:37 pm
by Stephen Hart
I would have done the same. If it’s innocent, you’d think they’d explain.

Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:36 am
by Richard Serkes
I'm really impressed with the iWork Converter program. This morning I identified 168 Pages documents I wanted reformatted as Word documents. I had already created a new folder for the conversions and told iWork Converter to drop the new files into the new folder. I just drag-and-droppped the Pages files into a place in the program and it was off and running. It took about 4-5 seconds per Pages file to convert and then go on to the next file to be converted. At the end I had 165 files converted and stored in a new folder with a work summary telling me that three Pages files could not be converted because they had been created in an old version of Pages that iWork Converter doesn't support. Fine, I can do three conversions manually which is a lot better than doing all 168. But when I opened the Pages files (still with iWork Converter running in the background) a message popped up asking me if I wanted to save the Pages file as a newer Pages file. I clicked YES and then ran iWork Converter which easily converted the updated Pages file to a Word file.

I'm not sure where the message to update came from. Was it from Pages telling me the file was old and should be updated, or was it from iWork Converter offering to do the update for me before converting to Word. My guess is it was a Pages message but I don't care enough to do any digging.

If there's any fly in the ointment it's that when iWork Converter tries to convert a file that was made in an old and unsupported version of an iWork program iWork Converter pops up a message telling you it can't do the conversion and then sits there until you acknowledge that that file will not be converted. One of my unconvertible files was the third in the group of 168. If I had walked away after starting the process I would have come back to the first two files being converted and the rest waiting for me to click I understood that the third file would not be converted. Bottom line, you have to sit by your Mac and babysit the program. This really is strange because at the end of the 168 files processed I received a summary report that listed every one of the 168 telling me which had been successfully converted and which had not along with an explanation as to why those that had not been convert were unconvertible. Since iWork Converter generates this summary why not just go on to the next file if an unconvertible file is found.

I'm going to email tech support and congratulate them on a great program and suggest that they remove the feature that requires acknowledgement of an unconvertible file before the program will move on to the next one. Perhaps it's there because the programmers were afraid people wouldn't look at the summary report and just assume all the files had been converted.

Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:55 am
by Stephen Hart
Was it from Pages telling me the file was old and should be updated?
Yes. I've seen that message before when using just Pages.

That is to say, you have the current version of Pages as the default app for Pages documents. So the current version tells you to update. I guess that if you had the older version set as the default app, it would just open old documents while refusing to open newer format Pages documents.

Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:45 pm
by Jay Cline
You should send them a box of donuts.