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process AFP file

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I'm trying to find a way to process an AFP file into something usable. I've done some googling and it seems that the file is only supported for devices that support AFP files, but I can't even install a afp file reader without admin access on my machine (which I don't have). Does anyone have an idea on how I could extract components from afp files?

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What is the file being used for? There's a few references to different programs that use a file with this extension, so it would help if we knew which program created this file.


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The file is dropped from a mainframe (I know... its super antiquated) but they use WinVI to open it, which I assumed notepad++ could handle it but I guess there is some sort of plugin for WinVi that allows the file to open. I actually don't have the ability to open it myself, it was sent to me from another person that requested a way to extract the info from the file.

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AFP (Advanced Function Presentation) is an IBM presentation format similar to PDF.

Which AFP file reader have you tried? AFPViewer looks quite promising.


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I tried a couple (file viewer lite; Pagetec AFP-View)  but AFPViewer does seem to do the trick. Is there a way of extracting the text only from this file into something that I can loop through? There are very specific strings that I'm looking for in the file itself and right now it is done manually.

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Can you save the converted PDF file as text to disk?


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Well I tried to convert the file using AFP Viewer and it basically made the file explode... Everything got all jumbled up and its essentially useless. I am playing around with some of the other outputs (which I think XML MIGHT work its just going to be very complicated...)

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When searching the web I've found a lot of "AFP converters" too. Maybe they work better than AFP viewers.


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#9 ·  Posted (edited)

Ya I found a few tools. I'm looking at the ones that have cmd line calls. Price tag on some of them are insane though (one was $3500 USD!). I'll have to do some searching. Worst case I'll use XML and build an extractor.

 

Thanks for the advice all.

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