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Wordstar to Word
« on: March 15, 2003, 02:26:30 AM »
I started using Wordstar in 1984. I am a journalist and used it because it was the only word processing program I could use to file my stories directly, modem to modem, with my newspaper's modem.
I wrote hundreds of stories on Wordstar and I still write a few because I have it on my laptop. Does anyone know how to convert those Wordstar files to Word files?
I'm sorry if none of this language is technical. I don't know technical language.

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Re: Wordstar to Word
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2003, 10:07:08 AM »
If you have a reasonably recent version of ms-word, you can install the WS conversion filters that it comes with and simply open files in ms-word to convert them. Make certain that the WS files have extensions like .ws3, .ws4, .ws7, etc., to reflect the version of WS they were created in.

Do they have a particularly complex formatting? If they do, that might require something more from you to get a decent conversion. Otherwise, you should be able to just open them in ms-word.

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Re: Wordstar to Word
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2003, 10:22:47 AM »
Thanks. I'll give it a shot.
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« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2003, 01:01:17 AM »
Hi Bob,

Sorry, I moved the topic. Have a look at the conversion FAQ page on this site: http://www.wordstar.org/wordstar/pages/convert_faq.htm you'll need to select your version of Word and to download the correct filter from the links provided.

As deedee suggests you can help the converter to decide it's dealing with a WordStar file if you name your files using .ws as the file extension, and more so if you follow that with 3, 4, or 7, for the main versions where the file formats changed. There are no import filters for WordStar 2000! Alternatively, you can tell Word to confirm the conversion (all details are in the FAQ page) as it may sometimes get it wrong and think its a plain text file.

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Re: Wordstar to Word
« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2004, 05:13:36 AM »
I'm sitting here gnashing my teeth.  I went to the website indicated, and took an hour or more to download a file ork.exe.
   Nothing happens.  
   I have LOTS of WordStar 5.0 files that I was able to convert with complete ease from Word 95.  Now I have the new, improved Word 2003, and all those dozens and dozens of files are inaccessible to me.
   What the heck can I do that I haven't done?  I read the readme which starts off mentioning a file Wdsuppconv.exe -- which also isn't on my computer.
    I'm pretty clueless about all this stuff, and desperately need some kind of assistance in walking me through it.
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« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2004, 02:41:55 AM »
Bill,

The page mentioned in the earlier message also covers Word 2003 - which uses exactly the same import filters, for WordStar, as did Word 95.

The page is: http://www.wordstar.org/wordstar/pages/convert_faq.htm.

However, as the page has also said for some time now, Microsoft has removed the WordStar import filters from the Converter Pack! So if you download a current version it will be of absolutely no use to you. You either need to get hold of an earlier release (prior to December 2003), or to use the ftp link provided to download just the WordStar filter that was in the earlier versions of the Converter Pack.

This was still available a few weeks ago, but the ftp link sometimes times out, so you may need to keep trying. The ftp link is: http://ftp://ftp.microsoft.com/softlib/mslfiles/wdsupcnv.exe.

The FAQ page above tells you how to install and use the downloaded file.

Let me know if you have any problems doing this.
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Re: Wordstar to Word
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2004, 01:36:34 AM »
Hi Bill,

Alternatively, if you have Star Exchange with WS5, you can use it to convert your WS files to Word5 (which is dos). Star Exchange allows for batch conversions. Then open those converted files in Word2003.

The main problem will be that the margins are wrong, usually the left margin is absent. Open the page setup in Word2003 for the file, correct the margins (generally make the left margin 1" or whatever you offset the page in WS), and your files should look fine in Word.

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Re: Wordstar to Word
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2004, 12:01:50 AM »
Alas, the ftp link listed above does not work, as was warned about.  I downloaded >something< that does show WS files as text, but text loaded with code (little open squares, mostly).  I could laboriously remove all that stuff by hand, so to speak, but I'd really rather not have to.
    I have no idea how to get Word 95, or any idea if that would actually be of help.  Even if I did find a WordStar-to-Word converter program, I don't really know how or where to install it.
    This has now become increasingly urgent; I have a MAJOR task in the offing, and must learn how to do this conversion.
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2004, 12:16:06 AM »
I should add that the computer expert I bought this machine from left the contents of my old hard drive accessible in a separate folder.  I presume Word 95 is in there, somehow, but I'm not sure.  What should I look for if it's there?  And if it is, where do I move it?
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2004, 03:34:28 PM »
Bill,

The ftp link is still active! I've just retried it. Drop me an email and I'll email the file to you.

As you have Word 2003 you don;t need to get Word 95 - the import converter for WordStar hasn't been updated for years.

Make sure you follow the converter installation and use instructions on my WordStar file conversion page. You need the Word 95 instructions. http://www.wordstar.org/wordstar/pages/convert_faq.htm. The symptoms you give suggest that Word is treating the file as plain text and not using the converter. You either need to go to the Tools menu, then Options..., and set the Confirm Conversions on Open; or to change the file extension of all your WordStar files to .ws5. If you do the first, when Word tries to open a non-Word file it will ask you what it is - select the ws4-ws7 option.

Your other options are programs like the DOS WS-CON. This is also listed on the same page. If you want to try this one and need instructions, let me know.
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Re: Wordstar to Word
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2004, 11:21:05 PM »
Well, I TRIED to send you an eMail.....
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« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2004, 10:32:40 PM »
I've sent you the converter files. Let me know how you get on.

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« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2004, 02:18:22 AM »
Mike,
I have been unable to download the converter from the ftp site. Could you please email me a copy of the file?

Thanks

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« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2004, 07:04:37 AM »
I don't know what I did right, but I seem to be able now to convert WS files to Word.
  Thanks for the advice.
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« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2004, 05:20:55 PM »
Ashok,

I've emailed the file to you. As I've been asked to email the file quite often recently, and need to rename it to get it past email anti-span blocks, I've decided to post a copy of it on the site. I've asked Microsoft for clearance to do this, but as you might expect, I haven't received a reply. The link is in the conversions page along with the ftp link: http://www.wordstar.org/wordstar/pages/convert_faq.htm.
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