OS X has a built-in terminal command, textutil, that can be used to convert text files to different formats. You can access it from a Shell to use in your Xojo apps.
With textutil, you can convert from or to these formats: txt, html, rtf, rtfd, doc, docx, wordml, odt and webarchive.
Its syntax is pretty simple:
textutil -convert fmt filename
So if you had a Word document and you wanted to convert it to html to load into a Xojo HTMLViewer, you would use a command like this:
textutil -convert html "Example.doc"
The resulting html file has the same name, so it would be called “Example.html”.
This Xojo code prompts you for a file and converts it to html:
Dim file As FolderItemfile = GetOpenFolderItem("") If file <> Nil Then Dim command As String command = "textutil -convert html " + file.ShellPath Dim s As New Shell s.Execute(command) Dim htmlFile As FolderItem Dim name As String name = file.Name.Replace(".doc", ".html") htmlFile = file.Parent.Child(name) HTMLViewer1.LoadPage(htmlFile) End If
I hope you find this little trick useful . Please share it with others.