Any Windows to Linux experts in here?

  bythor 11:45 17 Dec 2003

Hi. I need to find info on converting files from Windows to Linux. Without being too specific just yet, the files are specialist type. I need to be able to take them as windows type and convert to use in a linux based (again specialist) software. Someone did mention converting them to ascii if possible but still out of my depth. Any suggestions?

  Diodorus Siculus 12:12 17 Dec 2003

Standard text and graphics files should not need any conversion; if they are from a particular program, then there may be an equivalent program for Linux which can read them.

  Chegs ® 12:40 17 Dec 2003

Will Linux's WINE not do it?

  Taran 12:51 17 Dec 2003

I'm not sure why you're not willing to supply details of the file types, and without this rather crucial snippet of information I can't see how anyone can give yuou a 100% effective and accurate answer.

There aren't very many file types that Linux can't deal with really, apart from some proprietary formats.

Without some information from you on the file tpyes though, it's pointless suggesting various possible routes since I could waffle on for ages of this, that or another file type and none of them may be what you need to cross edit.

More detail please, for a useful answer.

  bythor 12:54 17 Dec 2003

thanks didorous and chegs. What's 'linux wine'? This is my situation - I'm a fisherman and have a pc plotter program on Windows. This runs my area charts and I can make marks and lines where I've already been.
I want to buy a different one, but it runs in Linux and I don't want to have to ditch all my files, I'm hoping to somehow convert them. I don't think it's been done b4.

  bythor 12:56 17 Dec 2003

sorry taran. I realise I was too vague. Hopefully my prev response helps. I think 'proprietary' format is the key word here.

  Taran 13:56 17 Dec 2003

Which charting program are you using and what file format does it save in ?

Many counterpart programs allow imnports from their cometitors, so have you checked to see if the program you are thinking of will do that ?

Some programs also allow exports to mainstream products that can happily cope with charting (Excel for example) so you could also check to see if your existing program can do that. If it can you're in luck since all versions of Linux for the desktop ship with one or more spreadsheet applications that can open, edit and save as Excel file format, but they often stumble over complex macros or ignore them completely.

If your only reason for using Linux is to get an alternative charting program I'd say you're taking a big bite out of something that could prove difficult to chew on.

I love Linux (being a geek at heart) but you don't learn it overnight and its inherent comparative complexity at times can leave you utterly stranded unless you have existing knowledge to draw upon.

Give us the name of your current program to begin with, and its default file extension would also help. While you're at it, see if there is an export option or Save As in the file menu, where you might be able to save its output as a mainstream file type.


  bythor 14:34 17 Dec 2003

thanks. it's a plotter made by a company called maxsea (I think it's french). The file extensions are *.ptf
There's no option to save as other or export.

  Taran 15:37 17 Dec 2003

One further question for you.

Do the saved files contain usable data or are they snapshots of a chart image ?

The reason I ask is that there are a number of image viewers currently available that are capable of 'reading' .ptf files. It stands to reason that if the image viewer can read your file(s) it should be able to then export in a more useful format.

If the files contain data elements or animations that are relevent to the parent software though, this may not be a viable solution.

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I have to admit, I know nothing of plotting software so this may be of no help to you at all.

  bythor 20:37 17 Dec 2003

thanks again Taran. I believe the files are usable data, but if I could only treat the data as one 'snapshot' file I might be able to go that route. If so, would the links you've given cover displaying the files in linux? I'll look further at the sites.
Do you have any suggestions about the usable data option?

  Taran 21:18 17 Dec 2003

I've just been reading the manual for your software - it's fascinating.

I doubt you'll find a usable or useful solution with one of the file viewers. I'd imagine that all they will do is allow you to view a static image, but the software you use saves your plot marks in usable data layers which I very much doubt a file viewer would be able to interpret. The whole point to your software is that it allows you to chop and change your marks which more or less makes the correct interpretation of the file and its layers essential.

I notice that MaxSea allows you to import from all kinds of software but disallows any useful export other than for backup and even then, the backup is encrypted and may only be read by MaxSea software.

I'm afraid I've come unstuck on this one. All I can suggest is that you email both MaxSea support and the other product you are interested in using and ask if there is any way in which you can get their products to interact. I can find no reference of this online though.

Sorry I can't be of more help this time. I'm off to look at some more of that manual. Sad I know, but it's interesting to me- I often go charter fishing abroad and sometimes wrecking over here, but I've never even looked at how it all comes together.

I've said it before - I really need to get out more...


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