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I need to break free of Windows XP/Vista/7 grip as as much I can.
Out of Box Ubuntu only does so much toward this end.
I need to be able to run a friend's previous file formats, used in Windows, in Ubuntu for him or show him how.

They are: .doc /.pdf /.xls /.wb3 /.wpd
This means select or import _not sure which_ them into Open Office, view, edit, and send them to customers with same end results as before with Windoze. I'm a 10 year Linux user with memory problems [dementia] trying to help friend overcome these obstacles before his switching to Ubuntu. Virtualization is not wanted as it is deemed over complicated for him to implement/use. Must be the 'Wintard' still in possession of him! I see all sorts of promises from Open Office to be able to do this but cannot find the magical key to unlock it... So far I showed him to just open the .wpd in open office and copy text body and paste in same/similar named file make his edits and save as .doc... The .doc one I told him to make a copy of it as prompted and edit it and save and sent attached. Still not the way he would like to do it though.
Any help, questions, and suggestion is greatly appreciated!!! %:)))SW

If he is able to open the

If he is able to open the .wpd (Word Perfect Doc, right?) in OpenOffice.org, why not just open it and do a Save As? Also, how did he do it before? That might help us in figuring out how to do it in Linux.

If he is able to open the

If he is able to open the .wpd (Word Perfect Doc, right?) in OpenOffice.org, why not just open it and do a Save As? Also, how did he do it before? That might help us in figuring out how to do it in Linux.

Ubuntu replace windows without VM

He's been able to open all the formats with Open Office 3.11 except .wb3 quatro.
He also made copies of .wpd, .doc, and .xls which were edited, saved, and attached to email in a manual fashion.
I don't think he has been able to edit .pdf without manually converting it to .doc for the edit and back to .pdf for the attaching and sending.
He was expecting a more automated routine within the software to handle the processes I guess especially with the .pdf file. It works for me I guess, but he'll just have to understand that; that is all that is currently possible without $$$ outlay.
Sill, is there any more help there and specifically for reading and editing .wb3 files? I'm sorry I have memory problems and wonder if I'm keeping this straight...
Having only used Windoze he's kind of tarded for how to do it in Linux...

Ubuntu replace windows without VM

We found GNumeric; which seems capable of viewing, editing, and saving .wb3 to most other common formats excepting .wb3.; Still; any other ideas out thar?
Sure would be nice for O-Office 3.11 to handle it all. Less clutter to keep up with yeknow....wasn't that the reason computers made their debut? I think I've got all applicable add-ons and extensions and supporting programs added to open office ans Gnumeric. However; of course I have made mistakes before....

GNumeric stumbles through with an error message "Invalid record 65534 of
length 0" but is able to edit and save [.wb3] to other file formats!!! Should I be concerned about this error message and what to do? ...... Thanx %;]]SW

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.doc was created, opened, and edited by M$
Word in Windows

.pdf program of origin unknown most likely
M$ Office in Windows or Adobe Acrobat
or Corel WP

.xls was created, opened, and edited by M$
Office Excel in Windows

.wb3 was created by Corel Quatro pro in
Windows

.wpd was created by Corel Word perfect in
Windows
How does this help beyond just knowing the file formats?

Because of the nature of PDF,

Because of the nature of PDF, it's really hard to edit them without the Acrobat full. Also, I don't believe there is an Acrobat for Linux, only Adobe Reader.

Creating PDF's is easy- I know my Linux Mint install handles it natively. It sounds like you're pointing him down the right path, but for some people changing their OS means things magically happen without them having to do anything.

That said, give Linux Mint a try next time you do a re-install. I think you'll find it an easy transition for Windows users. My father-in-law changed a year and a half ago on one machine, and now he's put it on as many machines as he can.

Good luck!

Because of the nature of PDF

Thanx, I think he lost interest when it entailed learning and effort. At least he said his wife doesn't care to improve or change and we all know what women's opinions mean... Windows 7 must be liveable...
In fact I got frustrated with my LUG superior head and ripped him wider for not making the website easier to view by eliminating horizontal slider required to view their dribbling blogs.
He replied with I didn't have to worry about it any more as I was deleted from membership.... I never got any help there anyway. It was just a power trip to see who could show off the latest greatest.
Therez a lot about Linux lack of easy functionality which makes if frustrating for me having dementia and all... I'm gonna just keep bouncing back and forth tween Win and Lin until Linux fills in the gaps enough for me to use with my mental condition.