Psioword files and windows programs

Psioword files and windows programs

Post by Reddo » Tue, 01 Mar 2005 11:18:00


Hi all,

Does anyone know of either
1) a windows worprocessor that will edit psiword files or
2) a psion word processor that loads/saves in a format that
a windows wordprocessing progam can also load/save.

I would prefer 1) eg I have tried Abiword but the psiword support
seems broken

I use a 5mx and CF card to transfer files with windows machines (98,
2000, NT4, XP).


Reddog.
 
 
 

Psioword files and windows programs

Post by Sple » Tue, 01 Mar 2005 18:48:22


Is there any particular reason why PsiWin file conversion is no good for
you?

Lee

 
 
 

Psioword files and windows programs

Post by Aidan Karl » Tue, 01 Mar 2005 19:00:10


My normal solution to this problem is to have a machine with
PsiWin loaded, and to use the converter in there.
Windows 'Write' is the most reliable format to convert to, in my
experience.

I've never met a word processor that natively reads/ writes
PsionWord format.

--
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Aberdeen, Scotland,
Location: 570'11" N, 028'43" W (sub-tropical Aberdeen), 0.021233
 
 
 

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Post by Peter Kind » Wed, 02 Mar 2005 02:12:26


On AbiWord web site there is at least an import/export filter
for Psion:
http://www.yqcomputer.com/

... but I haven tried it!


/Peter Kindstr
 
 
 

Psioword files and windows programs

Post by Aidan Karl » Wed, 02 Mar 2005 07:00:07

In article <_hIUd.18649$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, Peter Kindstr

I just did a quick d/l, install, load plug-ins, and test with
one of my larger files. 223kb of text in various formats, included
images, tables constructed to be legible on the Psion's screen.
Basically, the largest Psion Word document that I've got. It imports OK
- the only significant issue is that the styles I've defined (various
levels of heading) die on import into AbiWord. The dead styles don't
make it out to OO.org either, but that's no surprise.
In comparison, the PsiWin Converter keeps the style names, and
the outline of the document remains comprehensible (some hundreds of
headings and sub-headings, to about 6 levels). Considerably better.
Of the two, I'd use the PsiWin converter.

--
Aidan Karley,
Aberdeen, Scotland,
Location: 570'11" N, 028'43" W (sub-tropical Aberdeen), 0.021233
 
 
 

Psioword files and windows programs

Post by Reddo » Wed, 02 Mar 2005 07:15:36

On Mon, 28 Feb 2005 22:00:07 GMT, Aidan Karley



Thanks - I found that saving / loading the same file in Abiword
psiword format resulted in serious errorson XP.

PsiWin does not work properly on NT or 2000 - both od which I use.

What Windows version do you use?
What program do you edit in on windows?
Do you convert back to psiwin and continue editing as required?
I am writing a book in chapter - files - the 5mx is VERY portable ! -
so 'native' editing of the files themselves would be better :(
 
 
 

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Post by Reddo » Wed, 02 Mar 2005 07:16:26


Thanks for the replies.

I want a program to read/write psiword format files as I do not want
to keep doing two way conversions all the time - it is A PAIN and
error prone (for me anyway) and Psiwin does not work on NT properly
etc.

Among other uses of my 5mx is the writing of a book where each chapter
is a file - anything bigger means the spell checking takes to long! -
and having chapters on the CF chip means I just move the CF to the USB
adapter and start editing on Windows as required etc.

Abiword is a nice WP and it can edit psiword file directly - BUT
saving / loading psiword files is unreliable !
 
 
 

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Post by Aidan Karl » Wed, 02 Mar 2005 10:00:13


Win2k
But I haven't tried synching my Psion to the desk-/lap-tops for
several generations - not since I moved on from NT about 2.5 years ago.
BTW, it worked fine on NT. I don't have anything that the desktop
would need to synch to the psion for, at least, not that can't be best
done by copying everything to the CF card manually, and thence to the
home network.
I should have a Psion serial cable somewhere ... over there with
the cable for the GPS which the burglars had a couple of years ago.

OO.org for word processing and spreadsheeting; Gnuplot for
presenting data; SciTE for text editing; WinLog and Gravitas for main
work.

Very rarely. Generally I'll start things on the Psion (because
it's portable++), enter the main data there, then transfer it to the
PCs for presentation/ storage/ communication to others in better known
formats.

Way I work it too. If stuff has to go in from outside sources,
it goes onto the Psion as text files or PsiWin-converted monochrome
bitmap images, stays in the working document there, and only comes out
when I'm ready to do final presentation.
Spreadsheets I have to manually re-write - they're too complex
to survive the conversion (1-10 minutes for a recalculate on the Psion
equates to a sub-second update on the laptop on OO.org).

--
Aidan Karley,
Aberdeen, Scotland,
Location: 570'11" N, 028'43" W (sub-tropical Aberdeen), 0.021233
 
 
 

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Post by Aidan Karl » Wed, 02 Mar 2005 10:00:14


Psion Word can happily load and save as text files. Depending on
what your arrangement with your publisher is, you'll need to submit
your final copy in some format they specify. That's very unlikely to be
Psion Word.

--
Aidan Karley,
Aberdeen, Scotland,
Location: 570'11" N, 028'43" W (sub-tropical Aberdeen), 0.021233
 
 
 

Psioword files and windows programs

Post by Reddo » Wed, 02 Mar 2005 18:05:13

On Tue, 01 Mar 2005 01:00:14 GMT, Aidan Karley

Like your self I use oo for all my documents - so it was with interest
that I saw a comment about a psiword plugin being developed for oo:
http://www.yqcomputer.com/ (search the page for psiword.)

My serial cable is also 'around' somewhere.

Thus native psiword file editing is what I am after!

Thanks for the reply and may 'your cable never break'.

Reddog.
 
 
 

Psioword files and windows programs

Post by Aidan Karl » Wed, 02 Mar 2005 22:00:18


The cable wouldn't be much of a problem, but that 'Honda'
connector is really uncommon. 'd'-types I have coming out of my ears.
Well, the electronics junk box at least.

--
Aidan Karley,
Aberdeen, Scotland,
Location: 570'11" N, 028'43" W (sub-tropical Aberdeen), 0.021233