'Convert Doc' - How To (Overview)*

This is a brief overview of 'Convert Doc'.  For full up to date documentation, see the manufacturers site at:

  Full 'Convert Doc' Documentation

Contents
Using the Graphical User Interface
Using the Command-Line Interface
    Setting Up to run from Command-Line
    Command-Line Syntax
    Command-Line Switch Definitions
    Choosing a Conversion Method

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Using the Graphical User Interface

On-Line Training Video  Quick Start: How to Convert Files

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Using the Command-Line Interface

You can bypass Convert Doc's user interface by using the command line feature... much like in the good old DOS days.  This can be accessed in several different ways.  Examples:

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Type your command into a Command Prompt window

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Type your command into the Run window (located on the Start menu)

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Call from a batch (*.BAT) file

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Call from a program you wrote

There are two techniques for using Convert Doc from the Command-Line: Issue a Conversion Job command, or a Conversion Task command.  Conversion Jobs use *.SII files, which are built with the Graphical User Interface (GUI).  Once saved, they can be invoked from the GUI or from the Command-Line.  Conversion Tasks require no previous GUI activity, but do require you to specify your conversion in detail.

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Setting up to run Convert Doc from the Command-Line

Do one of the following:

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Set the path in your environment variables to the location of ConvertDoc.EXE

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Copy ConvertDoc.EXE to the same folder that it will be invoked from

Otherwise, you'll see the following error:

"'ConvertDoc' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."

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Command Line Syntax

Switches in square brackets [ ] are optional.  Notes: 1)/G overrides /T, 2)Spaces before switch values are optional (i.e., "/C6" = "/C  6"), 3)Use double quotes around file names.

To run a Conversion Job:
ConvertDoc /J{ConversionJobFile}  [/V] [/L{LogFile}] [/B{LogToJobFile}]

To run a Conversion Task:
ConvertDoc /S{Original File(s)} /F#  /T{Target File(s)} /C#  [/M#] [/G]  [/V] [/R] [/L{LogFile}] [/B{LogToJobFile}]

Examples:

ConvertDoc /J"C:\MyJobs\ApplesOranges.SII"

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Command Line Switch Definitions

Switch

Explanation

/B{File}

Creates a Conversion Job (a *.SII file) from the conversion, to allow repeating or redoing the same job later.

/C #

File type of the file(s) specified with the /T or /G switch.

 

/M1: 0=*.DOC, 2=Text, 3=Text w/line breaks, 4=*.TXT (DOS), 5=*.TXT (DOS w/line breaks), 6=*.RTF, 7=*.TXT (Encoded, Unicode), 8=*.HTM, *.HTML

/M2: 1=Text, 4=HTML, 5=*.RTF, 6=Unicode Text, 9=*.DOC, 12=*.PDF

/M3: 1=Text, 2=HTML

/F #

File type of the file(s) specified with the /S switch.  Only used with /M2; ignored otherwise.

1=Text, 4=HTML, 5=RTF, 6=Unicode Text, 9=MS Word Doc

/G

Save converted files to same folder as the original.  Overrides /T.

/J{File}

To specify an existing Conversion Job (*.SII)

/L{File}

To save execution results to a log file (e.g., d:\mylogs\WCE.LOG). See also /V

/M #

Conversion Method  to be used. 
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= MS Word, 2 =
'Convert Doc' algorithms (Default; faster than /M1), 3 = PDF File Conversion, where the original file is PDF.  If not used, /M2 is assumed.  See following table to determine which method to use for your situation.

/R

To recursively convert all files in the sub-folder(s) specified.  See /S, /T  and /G for more details on selecting whole directories.

/S{File}

File(s) to be converted. 
Examples:
"D:\MyExcelFiles\MyWordFile.DOC", "D:\MyWordFiles\*.DOC".  Output will be saved to location(s) specified with /T switch.  Also see /R.

/T{File}

Target File(s) to be created from conversion. 
Examples:
"D:\MyExcelFiles\MyWordFile.PDF", "D:\MyWordFiles\*.PDF". 
This switch is ignored if the /G Switch is used.

/V

Verbose mode.  Displays a message box indicating how the conversion went.  See also /L.

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Choosing a Conversion Method

You have a choice between three different conversion methods.  The method you choose is affected by the following factors: 1)The formats you are converting from and to, 2)Any preference between MS Word's vs. Convert Doc's conversion algorithm, 3)Performance considerations (i.e., Convert Doc's algorithm is faster).

Use the following conversion chart to determine which type of conversion method to use.  (Note: Any MS Word-supported formats not seen here require /M1)

Target Format2

Note: /M2 is faster than /M1

As Word Doc (*.DOC)

HTML (*.HTM, *.HTML)

Rich Text Format (*.RTF)

Text

PDF

Original Format2

As Word Doc (*.Doc)

 

/M1, /M2

/M1, /M2

/M1, /M2

/M2

HTML (*.HTM, *.HTML)

/M1, /M2

/M1, /M2

/M1, /M2

/M2

Rich Text Format (*.RTF)

/M1, /M2

/M1, /M2

/M1, /M2

/M2

Text

/M1, /M2

/M1, /M2

/M1, /M2

/M2

PDF

/M31

/M3

/M3

/M3

 

1 Choose /M3 to go from PDF to RTF.  You can then open the RTF document in MS Word and save it in any format MS can save to, such as *.DOC.  Or, in batch mode, use /M3 to convert from PDF to RTF, followed by /M1 or /M2 to convert from RTF to DOC.

2 There are other formats not shown here.  They are the various other formats supported by MS Word.  All of these types can serve as source or target formats and require using /M2 as the conversion method.

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