the process of translating the data in a file from one format or encoding to another

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How to open a .lwp file on a Mac?

I need to fill in a form that was sent to me in .lwp format... So far: The App Store couldn't find any compatible apps; I found out it's a Lotus WordPro document; By using Word's Recover text from ...
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An Automator workflow for extracting text as speech from PDF files

I get PDFs to revise course content which I want to convert to MP3 files and take with me as spoken audio. Automator offers 'text to speech' conversion and it's great. When I try and build a workflow ...
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How can I convert obsolete word processor files and preserve formatting?

I have some files in WriteNow and WordPerfect format. The WriteNow files go back as far as 1987 and the WordPerfect files are from 1998 - 2001. Some I can read, others I can't open at all. Those I can ...
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How to take music from cassette tapes to iPod

So I have this large cardboard box full of hundreds of cassette tapes with music I absolutely positively had to buy in the 1980s and '90s. If I wanted to listen to the music contained on those tapes ...
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How can I open a file with extension DAA on Mac?

How do I open a file with a .daa file extension on my Mac? Is there a Mac program that will convert it to an ISO image?
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How can I batch convert image files and PDFs to TIFF?

I have a lot .jpeg, .png and .pdf Files and I want to convert all of them to .tiff all at once. How can I do this?
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Change bitrate from the default 128kbps for syncing songs to iPhone

I have a rather large (>25GB) music collection, and my iPhone is currently almost full. I just saw this option in iTunes: This would probably be very useful to me, but I'm concerned about sound ...
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Is there an app that will convert a movie to an image sequence?

Does anyone know a mac app for converting a movie (.mov) to a series of images ? I know quicktime could do this in the olden days, but that features has been deleted.
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Final Cut Express conversion problem

I am trying to convert the MPEG4.webloc file of a public domain "Soundie" into a file that Final Cut Express can read. It doesn't convert in MPEG Streamclip. Any ideas how to do this?
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Batch conversion of xlsx to xls via CLI?

I'm trying to convert a bunch of xlsx files to xls (because some other software<cough>matlab<cough> can process xls but not xlsx on the mac). I've tried unoconv but it has issues (which ...
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Convert .help to .pdf

I can save in .pdf just one or two pages at one time, using default Mac viewer. But I have several hundred of pages to save. Does anyone know how to do it faster?
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How can I reduce the size of iCal files?

I've exported one of my Google Calendars – 336kb I then imported it into iCal and exported it without modification – 1.7mb Is there a problem that would the file size increase so much? Is there ...
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Extract a sound from a Classic application for Mac OS X?

How can I extract a single 'snd' resource from a classic application into a form that Mac OS X can play? I can use derez to get the snd resource out, but from there I'm not sure how to assemble it ...
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How to convert .mdf/.mds to .iso?

I have an old Alcohol 120% CD/DVD image file that I'd like to convert to an .iso image. I have tried simply renaming the file thus (disregarding the 4 KB .mds file): video.mdf --> video.iso. This ...
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Can I convert blog entries to wiki articles for Leopard-to-Lion migration?

We are migrating our Leopard server to Lion. We were using Group wikis and blogs in such a way that I didn't make much of a distinction, so it came as a shock to realize that Lion Server doesn't ...
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How do I change containers from Matroska to MP4 without modifying the stream data?

I want to take some Matroska (.mkv) movies I have (h.264/AAC with subtitle & chapter tracks) and change the container to the more iOS friendly MP4 container, but without re-encoding all of the ...
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Convert PDF to something editable without losing all formatting

I am aware of solutions that allow one to extract text from a pdf file. Are there any practical solutions on the Mac to extract rich text and layout from a PDF, or somehow convert a PDF into some ...
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Simplest h.264 to mpeg-2 converter

I have a bunch of h.264 videos and an old standalone DVD player, which cannot play them. I would like to convert them all into mpeg-2 and just burn onto a disk. It seems, however, that it's somewhat ...
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How do I restore a case-sensitive, journaled Time Machine backup to a case-insensitive, journaled filesystem?

I would effectively like to switch from a case-sensitive journaled filesystem to that of a case-insensitive journaled filesystem. Booting into Lion's recovery allows me to format the drive as I wish, ...
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Are there any native tools for SVG conversion on OS X?

How can I convert SVG image to something raster? Are there any native [command-line] tools on OS X that can do that? I am able to open them in Safari or Firefox, but doing "Save as..." only proposes ...
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How can I convert a .mov into a .gif (or a .apng)?

I want to put a .mov file I have as the background for a website. I am guessing the best way to do this would be to convert it to a .gif file but I can't find any programs that do it. I have tried ...
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Converting iso to img completes without creating the img file

I'm trying to create a bootable USB drive for my downloaded Ubuntu 10.04 Server (ppc) iso using my MacBook. I followed the instruction on the Ubuntu website for creating the img using hdiutil convert ...
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Converting WAV to MP3 using LAME and Automator

I'd like to convert many WAV files to MP3 files using LAME and Automator. I need a script that I could right click a folder and convert all the WAV files inside the folder to MP3 files. I've been able ...
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How to hear/view files with extensions .VOB, .IFO, and .BUP on a Mac

A friend of mine just got a new MacBook and is trying to look at some files she had from her old Wintel boxen with .VOB, .IFO, and .BUP file extensions. What Mac conversion or viewing utility or app ...
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How can I convert iPhone .m4a recordings to a more common and lossless format?

what's the best way to convert .m4a to a more common song format, like mp3 etc. The m4a files are recorded by the iPhone and my machine runs windows vista home premium 32-bit sp2 I want it to be as ...
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How can I convert video and audio files into iPod/iPad playable formats?

I am quite a non-technical guy when it comes to such stuff and hence looking for "easy" solutions. On Windows, I had used Red Kawa Videora to convert the various audio and video formats to ...
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How to convert mov to swf?

I have a QuickTime .mov file which I want to convert to swf format. Is there any tool for Mac? I already search here for a similar question but couldn't find any. The google search directed me to ...
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Extracting data from old Mac resource files

What utility or tool that runs which under Mac OS X 10.6 can I use to extract data (icon images and strings, etc.) from old Mac OS 7 (and earlier) resource files/resource forks? (...files created ...
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What are the secret options of the pdf convert tool from OS X?

I recently discovered the /System/Library/Printers/Libraries/convert tool that is able to convert HTML, DOC, ... to PDF. It works great but it has some optional arguments that are not documented: -a ...
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How come Quicktime plays .avi files but iTunes doesn't?

I think I might be missing something but it seems like Quicktime is happy playing my .avi movies but iTunes isn't. So I have to go through the rigmarole of converting .avi to .mp4 with iTunes before ...
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How to convert a CorelDraw file to Adobe Illustrator CS5?

Assume I have a CDR file, Adobe Illustrator CS 5 and no CorelDraw. How can I convert this CDR file to AI file? What is the fastest and cheapiest way?
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How can I convert MKV files and burn them to DVD?

I have a 5+1 theater system(can use USB or DVD) which doesn't support MKV play. How can I use my Mac to burn the .mkv files into high quality dvds ?
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Sips not working with pict, qtif and sgi files

The terminal command sips -s format pict /path/to/image.ext --out /path/to/output.pic ouputs Error: Unsupported output format com.apple.pict even though if you do man sips and go down to format, there ...
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Is there any free solution to convert a SWF video to an iPhone/iPad compatible format?

I tried several programs to convert a SWF file to a video format and so far none of them seems to work. 4media Converter Video xConverter Pinguin ffmpegx Easy WMV I expect a video in any format ...
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What's the best way to extract audio from a video file?

I am a huge fan of HandBrake. It is the epitome of simple. Select a video file (or DVD), select a preset, select an output path, click Start. A certain amount of time later relative to the ...
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How can I convert JPG into PDF easily?

Is there any way to batch convert .jpg files into single .pdf files?
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What's the best way to deal with wmv files on iPad

I have bunch of training videos, mostly in .wmv format on my computer. Well, I tried to find a player in appstore to watch those videos right away, without converting them - I couldn't find any good ...
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Fastest way to convert .avi files for itunes?

I've experimented with Handbrake and VLC and I'd like to know the fastest possible method to convert .avi file into a a file that is readable by itunes so I can stream it to my TV via my Apple TV 2. ...
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iMovie video conversion

I imported all of my videos from a Sony HDR-CX550V camcorder into iMovie '11. I imported the video at the original resolution 1920x1080. I was planning on converting the video into some other codec ...
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Recursively converting files from dos line endings to unix line endings

I am looking for a command that I could use to run on an entire directory and subdirectory that will convert all line endings from DOS to UNIX. It should be able to detect if a file is text or ...
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How to open FrameMaker files on a Mac with OS X?

I have some old FrameMaker documents on my Mac (Intel Core Duo, OS X 1.6.6). Is there any way to open this files (readonly would be ok)? I cannot use the FrameMaker 10 trial from Adobe, because it is ...
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iTunes cannot convert Apple Lossless tracks to 128 kbps AAC files when sync'ing with iPhone

I'm using the Convert higher bit rate songs to 128 kbps AAC option in iTunes when sync'ing music to my iPhone. iTunes is complaining about three tracks from an album I recently ripped every time I ...
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How can I convert an AI file to a CDR file?

Assume I have an AI file, Adobe Illustrator CS 5 and no CorelDraw. How can I convert this AI file to CDR file? What is the fastest and cheapiest way?
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Any quizPack format spec?

I'm a Windows software developer interested in reading the .quizPack file format. It is designed for Apple iQuiz software, and contains text quizzes for iPod. The text file format, unpacked from ...
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Best audio converter for Mac

I'm searching for an audion converter for mac with wide capabilities. it should be able to Convert to flac (not from flac) Split cue files into separate tracks Grab audio cds Edit ID3-tags in batch ...
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How can I convert a Word (.doc or .docx) file to a PDF on an iPad?

I would have thought this was one of Goodreader's many tricks, but it doesn't seem to be the case.
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How to convert .number file to any of the readble format including excel and pdf without having mac

I have an important .number iworks file. My Mac is now no more... How do I convert .number file to any of the readble format including excel and pdf without having mac.
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Convert MKV to AVI

What's the best solution to convert .mkv files to .avi ?