Questions tagged [file-conversion]

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

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Quick and easy way to batch convert multiple HEIC to png or jpg on macOS?

Is there a quick and easy way to convert many HEIC files to png on macOS? Example Suppose we take some live photos on iPhone, airdrop them to MacBook, and we want to upload them to a site that only ...
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Convert text copied from Microsoft Word to Markdown formatting in VS Code

I am trying to find a solution to convert text copied from Microsoft Word on macOS to Markdown syntax when pasting in VS Code. A common use case is converting multilevel bulleted lists. Example of ...
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How to convert file format of massive image

How can I convert a very large Portable Pixel Map (ppm) file into a png on MacOS? I have a massive ppm image on my computer. The file is ~70 GB and I need to convert it to a png which would make it ~...
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How to batch convert .docx to .doc using Automator?

I'm looking for a good way to batch convert .docx to .doc, which is necessary as there are many issues when importing more recent Word files into InDesign. I've tried the built in command line tool ...
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Changing character encoding from Unicode to Ascii

I need to convert the character encoding in some text files created by a third-party app on my MBP Catalina 10.15.6. I'm in unfamiliar waters here, so please indulge my ignorance. Also, please note ...
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How can I change the macOS command for converting PostScript files to PDF files from pstopdf to ps2pdf in the “Preview” and “Safari” applications?

Recently, in the last 12 hours, I noticed that the "Preview" and "Safari" applications failed to automatically convert PostScript files to PDF files. When I opened up PostScript ...
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Convert .pages to .pdf with images as a preview (or convert vectorized images to lossy formats within .pdf)

I have a long paper in which all of the pictures I drew and put them in the document as .pdf. Is there a way to protect these images from copying by conversion to image formats such as (.jpeg, .png, ...
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How to convert an IMA File to ISO on Mac

I got an IMA File and I want to convert it into a .iso file Where is the Application that can convert ima to iso?
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Is there any way to have macOS Photos bulk convert all of my past JPEG images to HEIC format?

I’ve seen lots of tutorials online explaining how to convert iOS HEIC files to JPEGs but I can’t seem to find any easy way to bulk convert existing JPEG photos to HEIC? The reason being is I really ...
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Converting large amounts of JSON to CSV on macOS

I want to convert some 20mb+ JSON files to CSV. Tried using webapps like https://konklone.io/json/ or https://www.convertcsv.com/json-to-csv.htm but they just crash. So how can I use other tools to do ...
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How to convert a batch of MP3's in Apple Music to AAC, then automatically delete the old MP3s?

I would like to convert a large number of MP3's in my Apple Music library to AAC (to save disk space). Using the Music app, I have tried it with all songs of an album. Now, I've got each track twice, ...
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How to take a picture with the mac webcam in PNG?

Photo Booth saves photos in JPG and I find it a bit tedious to convert from JPG to PNG. I’m not using Automator anymore for this. For some reason when I use imagesnap, it can only save in JPG. So ...
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How to convert .wav to .mp3 and maintain iTunes presence?

I have a bunch of .wav files (from synced CDs) that I would like to convert to .mp3 files in order to save space. I found this link which works to batch convert .wav to .mp3, but unfortunately iTunes ...
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Can I change a Mov file of one Codec type to a Mov file of another Codec type

I have a lot of MOV files that are "Codec: Timecode, AAC, Apple ProRes 444" and "Color profile: SD(6-1-6)" and I want to change them to "Codecs: H.264, AAC" and "Colour profile: HD (1-1-1)" but I can'...
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Convert image and save to same folder in Automator

I'm trying to figure out an Automator workflow (to make as a Service/Quick Action) to convert an images' file type - easy enough with the "Change Type Of Images" option. BUT, doing that alone replaces ...
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Automator script to convert webp file to JPG not working

Hi I'm trying to write a Catalina mac Automator script that will convert .WEBP files into .JPG files. The shell code in Automator I'm using is for img in "$@"; do filename=${img%.*} /usr/...
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Equivalent of objcopy -0 binary for Mach-O object files in macOS?

Equivalent of objcopy -O binary <FILE> <FILE>.bin for Mach-O object files in macOS? I want to dump the executable code in the __TEXT segment to a flat binary file on macOS. This can be ...
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Why does conversion of non-bootable hfs+ external drive to apfs fail (on macOS Mojave)? com.apple.DiskManagement error -69888

The attempted conversion is failing. Does anyone know why? Disk Utility.app error: Converting “mySSD” to APFS Converting HFS Volume to an APFS Container which will export one APFS Volume The target ...
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Extracting files from partial downloads on Mac

I was trying to download my images from a website but got disconnected. Now I have few files sitting on my mac with names as: Camera Roll.zip-2.download (150 MB) OneDrive-2018-06-07.zip.download (...
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Export original HEIC/HEVC files to iOS app

I am trying to transfer the original HEIC/HEVC encoded media files from the iOS app to another app (namely, Readdle's Documents app). I would like to do this without converting the files. ...
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How do I export emails to PDF without the “See More from…” history expanded at the end of the messages?

I want to generate a PDF of an email correspondence. I don't want my PDF to include, at the end of each email, a quoted history of every message prior to it. I open a conversation in Mail. I do not ...
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iTunes (Music.app) not converting song entirely / skip to the next one when playing

When using iTunes for AAC conversion, sometime only a part of the song is converted (also, when playing the song, iTunes does not plays it entirely and skip to the next one before the end). But when I ...
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Convert m3u8 to mp4 on mac

I'm trying to convert m3u8 to mp4 on a Mac. I have followed the instructions of a person who does it using VLC in Windows, however I can not find the option in the mac version. Media -> Open Network ...
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Command Line Tool to Batch Convert .EML/.EMLX/.MBOX to Searchable PDFs?

I need to convert about 500k emails into searchable PDFs. By 'searchable' I mean that macOS will be able to scan them for specific words rather than simply treating them as an image. My searches, thus ...
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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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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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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 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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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 ...