Questions tagged [file-conversion]

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

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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 do I convert a 24-bit/96 kHz FLAC to anything else?

I have some FLAC files I want to convert to AAC, but I can't because my go-to program, Max, throws an exception (The call to ExtAudioFileSetProperty failed.) when it tries to convert 24-bit/96 kHz ...
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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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How to create an Automator service to convert images from one file type into another file type using the right-click contextual menu?

Is it possible to create an Automator service to convert one file type into another file type using the right click contextual menu (eg JPEG, PDF, PNG, TIFF) without the need to install a dedicated ...
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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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Converting Audio to AC-3 using afconvert?

I'm trying to use afconvert to convert an audio file to AC-3 format. It's 5.1 audio, having already been converted from DTS to WAV (using ffmpeg, since afconvert doesn't seem to deal with DTS). As ...
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Possible to open/convert Office 98 for Mac PowerPoint file

Is it possible to open or convert a Mac Office 98 PowerPoint file (.pp)? I don't need to edit it, just either convert it to a more recent version or save as a pdf. I don't have access to anything ...
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It it possible to convert DVDs to my iPad?

I was wondering if anyone could help me. I've recently got myself a "new" iPad (aka iPad 3), and I was wondering if it was possible to convert DVDs I own in order to watch them on it? (Let's set ...
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How can I convert .CR2 to .jpg?

Is there a simple tool that will convert .cr2 files (Canon RAW) to .jpg? I know Preview does it well but I'm looking for something directly accessible from the contextual menu.
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Unzip .exe files on Mac [closed]

Is there a method to unzip .exe file on a Mac OS X without downloading and/or buying applications that do this for you?
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How do I command Automator to convert the multiple images from PNG to ICNS once at all? (Solved)

I use OS X Mountain 10.8.2. I used Automator and added AppleScript, copying the command from the old app's developer at the Iconoodle - Convenient ICNS to PNG image conversion (Iconoodle isn't ...
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Change all the .txt files to .md files in a certain folder

Is there a Terminal command or something like that to batch rename files in a certain folder? Basically I want to change all the files that have a .txt as a file type, and change it to .md (for ...
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How can I set Last Modified Date of file after using HandbrakeCLI to convert a file?

Running this on OS X Lion. I'm batch converting several hundred home movies using Handbrake CLI. I'd like to set the last modified date and created date to that original file. I'm using the ...
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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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Lost audio while converting video files in OS X 10.7.4

I was using Lion's conversion feature to change .MPG video files to a compatible format (set by OS X). The files are now viewable in QuickTime and iMovie, but the audio is completely gone. Has anyone ...
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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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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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Remux Videos for iTunes Playability?

What video formats are usable within iTunes, specifically for syncability/playability on iOS devices? I understand that we're talking about a number of different things here: Container format Video ...
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Select font when converting .txt to .pdf from command line

I often need to convert text files to PDF from the command line. I currently use enscript, a2pdf, cupsfilter, etc. The feature I'm missing is the ability to use an OS X font instead of one of the "...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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