Tag Archives: office documents

Hidden Pages

Yesterday I foolishly uploaded a Pages document to my work machine (that isn’t a Mac) before heading into the office. I needed the content because I was due to give it to Susan that morning. Luckily I stumbled upon this tip and thought I’d share it in case you ever find yourself faced with a Mac disk full of documents and no Mac to read them on…

I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised to discover a Pages document is in fact a zip file (like Word docs) and if you unpack it not only do you find an XML representation of the document (which would let you get at the text – run it through tidy first though as there aren’t any line breaks!) or, neater, in the QuickLook directory is a PDF (file reports PDF 1.3) of the document.

Day saved! Phew!

-Peter Cliff

MS format specs, inc. Outlook pst

Last year Microsoft said that they would publish the format specifications for personal store files (pst) – formats used to store data from Outlook products, including email, contacts and diary appointments. You can find them at MSDN here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff387869.aspx. There is also format information for other Office products: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc313118.aspx.

Related sites of interest include Microsoft’s interoperability pages, such as their ‘open specification promise‘ and Microsoft’s interoperability blog.

-Susan Thomas