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How to convert a Word 2007 document to Word Perfect?

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I would like to find a cheap effective solution to converting a MS Word 2007 document to a Word Perfect document. Any ideas?
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by:gregcmcse
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Use MS Word 2007 to do a "Save As" to a format that WordPerfect can recognize -- I'm pretty sure the Rich Text Format (.RTF files) are importable by WP.
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by:flexiwebsw
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Just select save as from the menu and save it as an .RTF file these files can be opened by most word processors, including word perfect.
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by:hgkgsupport
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That would work however, it would require me to purchase Word Perfect to convert them from .RTF to .WPD. A third party that I submit documents to requires all documents that come to them in the wpd format. Otherwise, they'll just return the documents. I'm trying to avoid purchasing multiple copies of Word Perfect.
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by:xxndavisxx
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I am not aware of any way to save it as a Word Perfect Document.. Although saving it as a .doc will open in Word Perfect.
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OpenOffice is the answer,
http://www.openoffice.org/
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by:gregcmcse
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I don't think you can save a WPD file from OpenOffice.
If you had Word 2003, you could install the WordPerfect converter and save in WPD format.
Can you buy older versions of Wordperfect that might be cheaper?  I came across some websites selling X4 for quite a bit less -- especially if you can legitimately buy OEM software.
There don't appear to be many direct converters.
Can the third party just live with the Rich Text Format documents?  Are they opening them with WP?
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by:hgkgsupport
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Geek Nabil,

How would you go about converting with Open Office?
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by:Geek_Nabil
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You can save your document in ODT file format, which bothe Office 2007 and WordPerfex X5 Read
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by:torimar
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OpenOffice will not save files in the .wpd format.

You might be lucky with the old origina Wordl file converters offered for download on this site of a Word MVP: http://gmayor.com/downloads.htm
Under "File converter downloads" you will find instructions on how to install, and this file: http://gmayor.com/Zips/WPCONV.ZIP

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by:Geek_Nabil
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But you need to check the formatting and if it actually works in WordPerfect.
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by:ACTFORMS
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If these are non sensitive files, this web based converter has worked for me in the past

http://www.freefileconvert.com/
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by:Geek_Nabil
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You could also use Office File Converter but it strictly works with office xp/2003:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=cf196df0-70e5-4595-8a98-370278f40c57&DisplayLang=en

Atleast its guranteed to work.
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by:wobbled
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You don't need to save in WPD for word perfect to open them - rtf or open office format will be read fine by Word Perfect.  The user can then save them as .wpd if they so wish

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by:gregcmcse
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As I mentioned near the beginning of this strand, RTF is the way to go if he doesn't need to export .WPD files.  I don't think there is an easy way for him to go without buying some copies of WordPerfect or using the converter for Office 2003.
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by:hgkgsupport
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A lot of you had great suggestions though I'm sorry to say that my only option at this point is to purchase Word Perfect. The Federal Court that will be receiving the document will not take them if they do not have the .wpd format.

With that I'm awarding the points to Geek Nabil for offering up the Open Office solution. The Open Office solution will allow you to save your document in .wpd format. You just need to open the document with Open Office Writer then save as .wpd. However, if there is any kind of formatting within the document you may run into issues. I found that documents with plain text converted just fine.

Being as I need something reliable and consistent I'm going to have to purchase Word Perfect.

Thanks to everyone that contributed!
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