In the previous post I talked about converting docx files, but I neglected to cover what to do if you’re working on a Mac. A reader kindly pointed that out to me via email, so here I am correcting my “window-centricity”.
If you have a Mac, you have some of the same options as I mentioned yesterday. You can get the conversion done online, or you can pay someone (me preferably) to do it for you.
But, Microsoft does have a solution for you, it’s the Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 0.2 (beta). You can check on the page to see when the beta version expires so as to have make sure you have the latest version. As of this writing, the current version 0.2 expires December 31, 2007. Once installed, you can set the Converter to autoupdate so that it will update itself to ensure you have the latest version. Just open the Office Open XML Converter, and then on the Help menu, click “Check for Updates”.
This version of the converter can convert the following Office Open XML file formats:
- Word Document (*.docx)
- Word Macro-Enabled Document (*.docm)
- PowerPoint Presentation (*.pptx)
- PowerPoint Show (*.ppsx)
- PowerPoint Template (*.potx)
As always, always check your converted file for integrity before discarding the original, especially because this converter is currently in beta, which means Microsoft won’t be offering any technical support with this.
Things to keep in mind:
You need to use Office 2004 11.3.4 or later, or Office v. X 10.1.9 or later to open converted documents. The minimum requirements for running this converter are:Operating system: Mac OS X 10.4.8 (Tiger) or a later version of Mac OS