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UNOCONV

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NAME

unoconv - convert any document from and to any OpenOffice supported format  

SYNOPSIS

unoconv [options] file [file2 ..]

unoconv --listener [--server SRV] [--port PRT] [--connections CON]

 

DESCRIPTION

unoconv is a command line utility that can convert any file format that OpenOffice can import, to any file format that OpenOffice is capable of exporting.

unoconv uses the OpenOffice's UNO bindings for non-interactive conversion of documents and therefor needs an OpenOffice instance to communicate with. Therefore if it cannot find one, it will start its own instance for temporary usage. If desired, one can start a "listener" instance to use for subsequent connections or even for remote connections.

 

OPTIONS

-c, --connection
UNO connection string to be used by the client to connect to an OpenOffice instance, or used by the listener to make OpenOffice listen.

Default connection string is "socket,host=localhost,port=2002;urp;StarOffice.ComponentContext"
-d, --doctype
Specify the OpenOffice document type of the backend format. Possible document types are: document, graphics, presentation, spreadsheet.

Default document type is 'document'.
-e, --export
Set specific export filter options (related to the used OpenOffice filter).

eg. for the PDF output filter one can specify: -e PageRange=1-2
-f, --format
Specify the output format for the document. You can get a list of possible output formats per document type by using the --show option.

Default document type is 'pdf'.
-i, --import
Set specific import filters options (related to the used OpenOffice filter).

eg. for some input filters one can specify: -i utf8
-l, --listener
Start unoconv as listener for unoconv clients to connect to.
-o, --outputpath
Directory to put converted documents.
--pipe
Use a pipe as an alternative connection mechanism to talk to OpenOffice.
-p, --port
Port to listen on (as listener) or to connect to (as client).

Default port is '2002'.
-s, --server
Server (address) to listen on (as listener) or to connect to (as client).

Default server is 'localhost'.
--show
List the possible output formats to be used with -f.
--stdout
Print converted output file to stdout.
-t, --template
Specify the template to use for importing styles from. This can be very useful if you have a corporate identity you have to apply to every document you distribute.
-T, --timeout
When unoconv starts its own listener, try to connect to it for an amount of seconds before giving up. Increasing this may help when you receive random errors caused by the listener not being ready to accept conversion jobs.
-v, --verbose
Be more and more and more verbose.
 

ARGUMENTS

You can provide one or more files as arguments to convert each of them to the specified output format.

 

EXAMPLES

You can use unoconv in standalone mode, this means that in absence of an OpenOffice listener, it will starts its own:

unoconv -f pdf some-document.odt
One can use unoconv as a listener (by default localhost:2002) to let other unoconv instances connect to it:

unoconv --listener &
unoconv -f pdf some-document.odt
unoconv -f doc other-document.odt
unoconv -f jpg some-image.png
unoconv -f xsl some-spreadsheet.csv
kill -15 %-
This also works on a remote host:

unoconv --listener --server 1.2.3.4 --port 4567
and then connect another system to convert documents:

unoconv --server 1.2.3.4 --port 4567
 

BUGS

unoconv uses the UNO bindings to connect to OpenOffice, in absence of a usable socket, it will start its own OpenOffice instance with the correct parameters.


Note Please see the TODO file for known bugs and future plans.

 

SEE ALSO

convert(1), file(1), odt2txt
 

REFERENCES

unoconv is very useful together with the following tools:

Asciidoc
[1]http://www.methods.co.nz/asciidoc/
docbook2odf
[2]http://open.comsultia.com/docbook2odf/ A list of possible import and export formats is available from:

OpenOffice 2.1
[3]http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Framework/Article/Filter/FilterList_OOo_2_1
OpenOffice 3.0
[4]http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Framework/Article/Filter/FilterList_OOo_3_0
 

AUTHOR

Written by Dag Wieers, <[5]dag@wieers.com>

 

RESOURCES

Main web site: [6]http://dag.wieers.com/home-made/unoconv/

 

COPYING

Copyright (C) 2007 Dag Wieers. Free use of this software is granted under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL).

 

AUTHOR

Dag Wieers <dag@wieers.com>.  

REFERENCES

1. http://www.methods.co.nz/asciidoc/
http://www.methods.co.nz/asciidoc/
2. http://open.comsultia.com/docbook2odf/
http://open.comsultia.com/docbook2odf/
3. http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Framework/Article/Filter/FilterList_OOo_2_1
http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Framework/Article/Filter/FilterList_OOo_2_1
4. http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Framework/Article/Filter/FilterList_OOo_3_0
http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Framework/Article/Filter/FilterList_OOo_3_0
5. dag@wieers.com
mailto:dag@wieers.com
6. http://dag.wieers.com/home-made/unoconv/
http://dag.wieers.com/home-made/unoconv/


 

Index

NAME
SYNOPSIS
DESCRIPTION
OPTIONS
ARGUMENTS
EXAMPLES
BUGS
SEE ALSO
REFERENCES
AUTHOR
RESOURCES
COPYING
AUTHOR
REFERENCES

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