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Questions tagged [file-conversion]

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

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How can one save a file as plain text in TextEdit? [duplicate]

I'm not seeing an option to choose plain text encoding (.TXT extension) when saving a file in TextEdit.app in macOS. My documents seem to all be rtf - rich text format. How can I change this?
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Converting .accdb to sqlite on a mac - open to using terminal or homebrew

How would you convert a Microsoft Access database .accdb to SQLite on a Mac? (High Sierra)
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Converting M4A file to MP3 - Selected files could not be found

iTunes IOS 12.9 on PC I want to convert M4A files (in this case, audiobooks) to MP3. This is what happened. Changed the iTunes import settings to MP3. Selected the book. Selected File > Create MP3 ...
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Convert AMR to MP3 in Terminal?

Is there an integrated system utility that will allow one to rapidly convert AMR files to MP3 in the shell on macOS?
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Convert MS Word DOC and DOCX file to RTF keeping modification date

I've got a folder full of about 2000 MS Word (DOC and DOCX) files that I need to do complex searches in -- for example, finding documents that contain John but not John Doe. Or 21,000 but not 21,000,...
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Save PDF file as a single image

I would like to create an automator that converts each page to an image, combines all the images vertically and finally saves the result as an image. I don't know how to combine the images. Could ...
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Apple QuickTake™ 150 camera pictures in QuickDraw format…

Apple QuickTake 150 camera pictures in "QuickDraw picture" format cannot be opened by any software I have. At some point in the dark reaches of the past, I recall being able to Save As… but at the ...
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How to convert two columns of text in a pdf into one column in a new file?

So that I can listen to it with a phone app, I am trying to copy a textbook with two columns of text into a file with one column. Selecting all and pasting results in the right-hand column of each ...
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How to reduce a PDF size in mac [duplicate]

How can I reduce a PDF size that is very big locally in a Mac
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Suggestions for a batch audio converter?

Any suggestions for a good, free audio converter for Mac? I used to use Max.app but it has long become abandonware and is now super buggy and crashy. I just need something I drop a couple (or 20 ...
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How to open TIFF file created in 2001 on Mac

I have recorded CD on Mac in 2001 (TIF, EPS). But I cannot open files from this CD on Windows. TIF files are not in valid format (first 2 bytes neither 4D4D nor 4949). But in file I found "TIFF8BIM"...
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Can you add 6channel audio files to iTunes? If not, has apple devised a way to down mix them?

Today I downloaded a soundtrack composed of 19 tracks. Their format is FLAC (24bit depth and 96kHz sampling). In order to add them to my iTunes library and eventually to my iPod, I converted the ...
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Mac OS avconvert Finalizing CVPixelBuffer “error” while converting some formats

I have a video, recorded on a recent Panasonic Lumix, that I wish to convert from its MOV format to something that will work on mobile devices when served from my Web Server. Initially I converted it ...
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How to use Automator to batch process images into single PDF per image?

I have thousands of JPGs (old OS X screenshots) I would like to convert to individual PDF's - one PDF per image file preferably using OS X Automator. This is in preparation for setting up an automated ...
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Making my own HEIF/HEIC files

I've been looking around for a while for a way to start packing image bytestreams into HEIF files, since macOS High Sierra and and iOS 11 are now out. Haven't had much luck, just large numbers of ...
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HEIC image thumbnails don't appear on older iPad

Wife has an iPad Mini running iOS 9 or so, and an iPhone 7 running iOS 11. Images shot in HEIC get synced to her iPad via Photos app, but no thumbnails appear. If clicked, the images appear normally. ...
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How to convert a HEIF/HEIC image to JPEG in El Capitan?

So, here’s the thing. I have a new iPhone and an old Mac. iOS 11 (still in beta as of today) and El Capitan (no more updates for this Mac). I use iCloud photo library in both devices. When I take a ...
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How to convert an HTML file with referenced images on the command line to a webarchive?

Under macOS I want to convert HTML files with referenced images on the command line/programatically to webarchives. Given a sample file sample.html containing: <html><body> <h1>...
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Convert Adobe Reader form document to general pdf

I have problems with a provider that refuses to deliver important documents in anything but Adobe Reader specific documents. I think these are with Adobe Experience Manager pdf forms. Their documents ...
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How can I stop Keynote from trying to convert movies when opening old presentations?

For many years I took advantage of the Keynote feature of being able to embed Quartz Composer patches. I have come to accept that this feature no longer exists, and so most of my talks can no longer ...
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How Do I Batch Convert Hundreds of ClarisWorks Documents to a Modern Format?

I'm running the current version of Sierra (10.12.5). The documents appear in Finder without extensions and the system has given them exe icons despite categorizing them as Documents. They are ...
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Breaking pdf to various images, compress, and recombine

I want to save each page of a PDF file as separate image, compress them, and recombine back as PDF. Some PDF files I often use are strangely large in size. I mean, some 100 pages but some 200M. I ...
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Using Homebrew to convert TIFF to PDF

How can I convert JPG into PDF easily? shows have to use homebrew to convert .jpg files into .pdf. I would like to convert many TIFF files to PDF but can not get it to work. For JPEG files, the ...
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Convert AA to MP3

I bought an audio book from audible and want to convert it to mp3 from aa because my phone doesn't support the format. Is there any way to do that?
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Mac iTunes keeps adding the wrong files to my playlist

2011 iMac, OSX Mavericks, iTunes 12.6.1.125 I'm a musician and am working on finalizing my new EP. I have the master .wav files in iTunes, which I then convert to .mp3 to send to some people for ...
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Using AppleScript to batch convert .pages to pdf

I am needing to convert about 100 .pages documents to either pdf or docx. With the AppleScript script below, I am able to open .pages documents from the folder that I select. However I receive the ...
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How do I Export Apple mail database to Outlook 2016 for Mac?

I don't like the series Mail/iCal from Apple, reason why I bought Outlook 2016 for Mac. I was able to transfer the contacts but I am facing difficulties transferring the email database. It seems that ...
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iOS 'convert to pdf' tools produce incomplete conversions

On Mac, the print dialog 'Save to pdf' features captures all types of images and image-like things. On iPad, the tools I have tried run into problems, e.g.: On https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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How can I de-compress a source file on my basic MacBookAir (macOS Sierra Version 10.12.2)

I've downloaded the source file from https://arxiv.org/format/1610.01410v2 How can I decompress it to obtain the plain text (say, in a TextEdit file)? The file I downloaded is designated 1610....
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How to remove my email address, name, and purchase date from iTunes Plus files?

Any files that you purchase from iTunes (or obtain with iTunes Match) will contain your personal information: Is there a script that automatically goes through all music inside the iTunes Media ...
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What is the best way to automate PDF page extraction and conversion into jpg for downloaded files in iOS?

From time to time I need to check a webpage, download a PDF file from there, find something inside, extract that page and convert it to an image. I can do it easily on macOS, but on iOS it gets more ...
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How to create an image to GIF converter usable from the finder?

I would like to be able to quickly convert images to GIF as it can compress line art images much more than PNG or JPEG. The fastest way to convert is an Automator Service, and Automator does indeed ...
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MacOS and Kindle file Location Changed? [duplicate]

MacOS Kindle version 1.12.0 no longer seems to keep downloaded books in the My Kindle Library location, no new files are showing up there. Does anyone know where they are being stored now? Without ...
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Best Method for Converting An Executable to A Word Doc?

I'm sorting through a bunch of old writings & am running across a large number of files, which are exe's rather than doc or docx or txt or any other normal text doc format. I am almost positive ...
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Extract audio from a folder of mp4 videos [duplicate]

Any good apps/tools for OSX that will convert an entire folder of mp4 videos into audio files?
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How to open or convert .xwd image dump?

I did the image dump of an X window by using /opt/X11/bin/xwd, e.g.: xwd -root -silent > screen.xwd Now, how do I open this file or convert into JPEG file? Probably I could use pnmtojpeg, but it ...
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Can't open mov files in QuickTime, but can do it in VLC

After reinstalling the operating system (OS X EL Capitan) I can't open video files in .mov format. I can open them using VLC but I can't open them in QuickTime and Adobe Premiere - what could be wrong?...
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Format of .data binary files for parental control logs?

Looking through the parental control logs on the path "/Library/Application Support/Apple/ParentalControls/Users/max/<year>/<month>/", I am finding a bunch of files with the extension ....
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cupsfilter: Unable to determine MIME type of ““??”.**

I'm trying to convert html files to pdf files using the following command line for file in *.html; do /usr/sbin/cupsfilter “$file” > $file.pdf; done But I got the message as below and empty pdf ...
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hditutil tool will not convert .iso to .img?

This is not working for me! Will someone clarify why? Here's the command I'm using: hdiutil convert -format UDRAW -o /Users/Jacob/Desktop/destination_file.img /Users/Jacob/Downloads/debian-8.2.0-...
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How to open Microsoft XPS document on OS X? [duplicate]

I got an XPS file from my teacher and I couldn't open it using my Mac. It should be a lecture presentation. Does anybody know how to open it?
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Convert MTS video to OGV (OGG) format via Terminal

Is there a way to convert MTS video format to OGV? And how could you set desired size of output file or file resolution?
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Any way to edit metadata of MKV files (without re-encoding)?

When watching a MKV file from the web in VLC, the title bar (see "#1" in image below) seems to be pulled from metadata, not the filename. If you open the “Get Info” panel in VLC, you can change the ...
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hdiutil convert not working and not telling me why

I've been trying to create a bootable Ubuntu flash drive following instructions from multiple sites. I need to convert the .iso file to an .img using hdiutil. For starters, the syntax of the command ...
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How to add export formats to Preview.app?

Is there any way to teach Preview how to export/save (and not just import/open) additional formats? If so, how? As you may know, Apple has removed several export formats from the default dialog in ...
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Convert case-sensitive HDD to journaled insensitive?

Like everyone, I've search everywhere in the web about getting my brother's HDD converted to case-sensitive journaled. I have a back up HDD that I can transfer to, I have no idea why iPartition is ...
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Convert XPS to PDF

I have been given an XPS file which seems to be readily opened only on Windows based machines. I was under the impression that I could use Acrobat Pro to convert the file to PDF, but it doesn't seem ...
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Good free audio converter for OS X Lion?

Am trying to find a simple audio converter to convert various m4a, wma, mp3, and flac files to standard mp3 128KB VBR (for an ancient mp3 player with limited storage). I'm probably only going to use ...
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How to convert WMV to QuickTime MOV?

How can I convert a WMV (Windows Media Video) movie file to QuickTime MOV on OSX El Capitan? If possible I would prefer to use an installed program rather than an online program. Neither VLC nor ...
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Converting between a Mac file path to a Windows file path

I am working in an office that is dominated by PCs, but we are moving select designers to a Mac platform (testing). The biggest issue I have come across is sharing file paths to shared drives, and the ...