: .doc and .docx previews


csonni
Jan 22nd, 2011, 11:39 PM
I've been changing some of my .doc files over to .docx but I see that some of the .docx files no longer show a preview nor does Quick Look show what's inside the file. There are some .docx files that work like this fine. All the .doc files provide a preview and work fine with Quick Look. Anyone have a clue?

CubaMark
Jan 23rd, 2011, 12:57 AM
God, I hate .docx as a file format.

#1 thing I do on my machines and anyone else who has installed newer version of Office, is set the default save format as .doc (Word 97/2000).

...tired of getting emails from people asking for help because they can't open .docx....

csonni
Jan 23rd, 2011, 07:42 AM
So what's the advantage of using .docx? The only thing I notice is that all .doc files run in compatibility mode. Can't I just change the extension to .doc before attaching to an email? Or is something embedded in the file itself other than a different extension?

CubaMark
Jan 23rd, 2011, 12:20 PM
From the Wikipedia article on Microsoft Word (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Word):

The newer ".docx" extension signifies the Office Open XML international standard for Office documents and is used by Word 2007 for Windows, Word 2008 for the Macintosh, as well as by a growing number of applications from other vendors, including OpenOffice.org Writer, an open source word processing program.

Microsoft does not guarantee the correct display of the document on different workstations, even if the two workstations use the same version of Microsoft Word, primarily due to page layout depending on the current printer. This means it is possible the document the recipient sees might not be exactly the same as the document the sender sees.

...an interesting tidbit...

the .docx file is just a collection of xml files and source art zipped into one file. To read it on a Mac or PC just highlight the stupid .docx extension and change it to .zip. Then open it in a program that reads zip files. What you end up with is a collection of xml files and folders and png images. (iStockPhoto.com forum post (http://www.istockphoto.com/forum_messages.php?threadid=49641))

The docx format was created by Microsoft to make its files, ironically, more accessible. docx was intended (supposedly) to be an "open" file format. Which makes one wonder why they didn't just go with the already-existing ODF open format, but hey, it's Microsoft, right?

And then there's the Canadian company that has won a couple of lawsuits against MS already (http://www.globalnews.ca/sports/canadian+company+lawsuit+halts+microsoft+word+sale s/1885844/story.html) for the docx file format, which apparently violates one of their patents. MS was granted an appeal (http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Microsoft-i4i-Patent-Sales-Ban,9414.html) in November 2010, so that story isn't over yet.

greydoggie
Jan 23rd, 2011, 06:56 PM
They probably just did it to get people to upgrade to newer versions of office. Nothing seems to be fully compatible with the new files but newer versions of word. With everything else at least parts of it is just gibberish.

csonni
Jan 23rd, 2011, 07:00 PM
I've switched all .docx files which show no preview back to .doc. I'll keep the .docx files that work with QuickLook.

krs
Jan 23rd, 2011, 09:10 PM
.docx and the other ....x files are a major pain in the butt.

Ironically, I can only open them with Pages or Numbers, none of my versions of MS Word or MS Excel will open them.

I usually ask for a normal .doc or .xls file, especially .xls since on spreadsheets I need to 100% sure that the information displayed is accurate. I already had a case where one column in a spreadsheet was offset by one row - only reason I noticed it was because I was familiar with the technical information and knew it was displayed wrong.