With the release of Open XML Converter (free), Microsoft finally makes it possible for Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac and Office v. X to open documents from Office 2007 for Windows and Office 2008 for Mac. This is great news for users of applications that can’t import Word 2007/2008 documents, such as QuarkXPress 8 and earlier.
The utility uses your copy of Office 2004 to convert the 2007/2008 Office Suite file format into a format that older Office applications recognize. It also lets Office 2004 save files in the 2008 format, and can convert batches of documents. An additional benefit is that Office 2004 users can now work with Office 2008 documents without giving up their macros — a feature that Microsoft removed from Office 2008.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.