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XMerge AportisDoc Plugin


Overview


The AportisDoc plugin converts text data between OpenOffice Writer format and AportisDoc's binary Palm DataBase file format.

The AportisDoc format is a plain-text format and does not support any formatting options.

Category Feature Supported
 Document Elements



Paragraphs
yes

Styles
no

Tables
no

Lists
no

Images
no

Using the AportisDoc plugin


The AportisDoc plugin is invoked in the same manner as all other XMerge plugins.   Once the framework has been made aware of the plugin, the only thing needed to use it is to specify its MIME type as a source or destination type for conversion.  The MIME type is specified in the converter.xml file included in the aportisdoc.jar file.  Currently, this is set to application/x-aportisdoc .

For example, to use the AportisDoc plugin in conjunction with the test driver supplied with the XMerge framework:

% java org.openoffice.xmerge.test.Driver -from staroffice/sxw -to application/x-aportisdoc Test.sxw

% java.org.openoffice.xmerge.test.Driver -from application/x-aportisdoc -to staroffice/sxw Test.pdb

Features

The plugin currently supports conversion to plain-text only, as this is what AportisDoc supports.


StarWriter Document image
                                                                                Original StarWriter Document

Converts to

              pdborig                                                pdbmod
                                Converted Document                                                                          Converted Document with Edits

Merging 

   When changes have been made on the small device, the user can either choose to convert the modified AportisDoc Palm Database to a reduced content and style StarWriter file, or the user can choose to merge the content changes made with the original StarWriter Document. In this way, new edits can be retained whilst also retaining document styles and formatting . To merge the modified AportisDoc DataBase, the XMerge test driver program may be used again.

       
% java.org.openoffice.xmerge.test.Driver -from application/x-aportisdoc -to staroffice/sxw -merge Test.sxw Test.pdb

   
 
StarWriter Document modified
                                                      Original StarWriter Document with Merged  Edits

Building the plugin

The AportisDoc plugin is built as part of the XMerge framework.  Its classes are stored in aportisdoc.jar.  See Building XMerge for more instructions.






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