Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

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Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Post by Richard Serkes » Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:49 pm

I have several dozen documents created in Pages that I need to change to Word. I really don't want to have to open the Pages documents one at a time and save them as Word documents. Does anyone know of a program that will let you select multiple Pages documents and change them to Word documents as a group?

If I need to buy a new program I will if the price is reasonable.
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Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Post by Jay Cline » Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:35 pm

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Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Post by Richard Serkes » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:18 pm

This just might do the trick. Thanks, Jay.
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Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Post by Richard Serkes » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:44 am

Whoops! This morning I read the website carefully and iWork file formats supported are from a a long time ago. For example, it will convert Pages v5.x but I'm using the current Pages v6.3. The same problem occurs for Numbers and Keynote with the program not supporting the newest versions of the iWork family.

I sent an email to tech support asking if their program would work with the newest versions of iWork and as soon as I get an answer I'll post it.
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Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Post by Jay Cline » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:35 am

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Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Post by Richard Serkes » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:48 am

Jay Cline wrote:
Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:35 am
This works: https://cloudconvert.com/pages-to-doc
I checked these folks out and they charge by the minute. To convert all the files I have would be prohibitively expensive.

They offer a freebie option but the restrictions are not going to work for me. I could do at most 15 files a day sending them up at five at a time. The freebie option is low priority which means they'll get around to my files after taking care of the paying customers. That's reasonable but it also means after I send my first five for the day I won't know when I can send my next five.

A program on my Mac that I can use anytime I want it really is a better option for me.
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Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:08 am

If you don't find a bulk converter, you could probably do this with Keyboard Maestro or a similar macro application (possibly even Automator).
Make a macro that steps through the files one by one and uses the Pages Export command. This might require some tinkering with timing, and will, of course take a while. But you should be able to leave it to work on its own.

This search string brings up information that looks good:

automator action convert .pages to .doc
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Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Post by Richard Serkes » Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:58 am

I received an email from tech support saying that those iWork version numbers were minimums and newer iWork versions were supported. The techie who emailed me said he understood the confusion and would update their website to clarify what I (and I net others) found ambiguous at best. I just checked the website and it has been updated.

I'll download the program later today and give it a try. I'll post my findings.
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Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Post by Richard Serkes » Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:32 am

So I downloaded the trial program and ran the .dmg but my Mac told me it wouldn't open the program because it didn't have a legitimate certificate. In systems Preferences under Security I have selected "App Store and identified developers" as my option for opening programs. It seems this program doesn't come from an identified developer.

Should I ignore the warning from Apple and open it anyway or start looking for something else?
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Re: Change From .pages To .doc En Masse

Post by Stephen Hart » 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
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