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 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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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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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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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 emulate Mac OS 8 (in a way that supports CD-ROMs)

I am trying to install old software on my either one of my Macs (Powerbook G4 and iMac 21.5 from 2011). This software contains old fonts in a very rare format, which I would like to be able to watch /...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Keynote converter to pdf

I'd like to hide some parts of the pictures, that I import to keynote presentation (I use version 6.2 (1861)). To do this I overlay white rectangles without shades on top of these parts of the images ...
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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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Can’t use convmv in right way?

I’m trying to convert name encoding of some path tree with files using convmv utility. Folders look something like this: Some names are typed with transliteration. This files is okay, and I ...
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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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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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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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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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OS X program to view .xif file

I have some old .xif image files from a scanning application (Pagis / Scansoft) that I'd like to view/ convert to PDF. Tried all kinds of viewers - Preview, Xee, Adobe (including Photoshop) with no ...
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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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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 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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How can I change the bit rate of MP3s in iTunes 11?

TL;DR I have a number of MP3 albums in iTunes that I would like to convert from 196kbps to 128kbps. I ripped a number of CDs into iTunes at 196kbps, but have decided that I want them to be at 128kbps ...
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How to convert .VOC to MP3 or other audio format?

I am looking for a (free) way to transform .VOC files to, lets say, MP3? I just found Vidego, but I am not happy with the price of the software. I have .VOC files and want to transform them to a ...
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How long does it take to convert a cdr to an iso? [closed]

I ran the command sudo dd if=/dev/disk# of=/Volumes/Path/To.iso at about 6am this morning. It's now almost 2pm and the command is still running. The cdr input image is about 300GBs. I have a Late ...
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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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How Can I Convert A .TXT File To A .CSV File Without Losing Any Of The Content Of That Document?

I've been trying for about 4 days now to complete the seemingly simple activity of converting an OS X keychain text dump to a correctly formatted .csv with no progress, much less success. I posted a ...
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What's the best way to display (and print) rtf files

My son gets his homework assignments online as rtf files. On his Macbook, they are automatically opened with textedit which won't display graphics and other elements correctly or at all. So, he will ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 image type and save to relative folder with automator

I found a question and working answer here How to create an Automator service to convert images from one file type into another file type using the right-click contextual menu? but it is saving the ...
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Playing and editing DV-AVI files on a Mac

I have loads of video files that I have transferred from MiniDV tapes and onto my computer. I used firewire cable and something called WinDV to transfer them and as far as I know they are saved in the ...
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Xls to csv - Numbers creates multiple csv files for some reason

I have a small xls file which 200Kb of size. When I export it to csv format, Numbers creates multiple csv files. How do I make it create a single one?
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Convert bdf file to ttf

I'm trying to convert HelveticaCY.dfont to a ttf font. The MacOS softs that I used didn't work well so I tried Fondu which gave me this files : HelveticaCY-10.bdf HelveticaCY-12.bdf HelveticaCY.dfont ...
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How to use automator to create a service which converts an ebook (using calibre commands)

I am trying to figure out a way to be able to right-click on an .epub file and convert it to a .mobi file. Currently (thanks to calibre command tools) I can to the following within the terminal ebook-...
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Creating video DVD from MP4 (1,7 GB) takes ages on MacBook 13" 2,16 GHz / 3 GB RAM

Is that normal? I downloaded a Video (MP4 format, HD, 1.7 GB) from the Internet and wanted to burn it on DVD to watch it with our DVD Recorder. I used Toast 11 to create the DVD on MacOS X 10.6 and ...