Originally Posted by d4NjvRzf
Why don't you export your WP documents as PDFs? Word processor-specific formats are poorly suited to archiving documents because they are opaque and can only be opened by a specific program. PDF is a universally recognized file format and has been around for twenty years. Your documents will have a much higher chance of being still readable in ten years if you save them as PDFs or text files instead of in some proprietary app-specific format.
I'd have to learn the macro language to batch convert them to anything, as I'm not up for doing 10,000 files one at a time. There might be something at WordPerfect Universe that will help me, but my first trip there just confused me with conflicting, highly geeky posts.
(I used to rock the old DOS version of the WP macro language really pretty well - and wrote ones that presented as info-collection programs to the ward secretaries at a hospital I worked at.)
Also while many of my WPD's are finished archives where PDF's would be fine, some are still active docs that I edit - and I've never tried a PDF editor since the days when Adobe's own was about all there was and was spendy, so dunno if that's a fit to purpose way to go.
And with all the trillions of Docs/Docx's around, there will always be ways to work with those. NTM, there are a number of Word macros around for batch converting Word docs to PDF if people might be wondering - again using them would take some study and trial and error though.
I was really expecting to readily find utility programs that specialized in converting various types of files from format A to format B.
It seems like a real need with so many defunct and fading formats after the first 35+ years of personal computing, but my first searches haven't revealed any that work with WP, and not many at all period.