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Unable to open file with .dtp extension

Postby joshua » Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:50 pm

Hi, In 2009 I created a file which I then saved. I now can't open it. I have no idea what program I used to write it. Also I can't remember whether I used XP, Vista or Mint to write it I have tried scribus and libre office to open it but no luck. As I have said the file has a .dtp extension and is quite large so probably has images in it and was maybe written with some form of desktop publisher. Any ideas please..
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Postby nelz » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:39 pm

Try using the file command to identify it

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file somefile.dtp
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Postby joshua » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:55 pm

I have found the file I just can't open it...
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Postby lok1950 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:04 pm

Just did a goggle of .dtp lots of useful stuff :wink:

File created with Publish It one of the links was from the scribus forums on importing .dtp files

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Postby ajgreeny » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:07 pm

It looks as if scribus, which is probably available in all distro's repositories can open .dtp files.

Worth a try, I think.
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Postby nelz » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:20 pm

joshua wrote:I have found the file I just can't open it...


file identifies the file, you're thinking of locate.

Quite a few Windows programs use the .dtp extension, you need something a bit cleverer to see what it actually is, like file.
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Postby joshua » Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:47 pm

Nelz, sorry about that, done what you suggested and got the following

barry@desktop ~ $ ls
AlaskaPhoto.iso Desktop Downloads Modelling Pictures SingaporeDiary Videos
Album Diary kdenlive Music Projects test Writings
bookmarks-2012-09-05.json Documents Misc one recipes Travel ZipDiaries
barry@desktop ~ $ cd SingaporeDiary
barry@desktop ~/SingaporeDiary $ ls
diary.dtp
barry@desktop ~/SingaporeDiary $ file diary.dtp
diary.dtp: Composite Document File V2 Document, Little Endian, Os 0, Version: 5.1, Title: greenstreet publisher 3 document, Subject: Samples, Author: GST technology LTDComposite Document File V2 Document, corrupt: Can't expand summary_info
barry@desktop ~/SingaporeDiary $ ^C
barry@desktop ~/SingaporeDiary $

I think it says it was composed with greenstreet publisher and is probably corrupt.
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Postby johnhudson » Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:00 pm

KDE File Associations doesn't know anything about it - which suggests it is a pretty rare type.

I have sometimes been able to access unknown files with Kate; unless it is completely encoded in binary, the text can normally be copied and pasted into another file.

Another possibility would be to use:

strings -a --encoding={b,l} -n 2 diary.dtp

You may need to tweak the options but that is a good starting point.
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Postby joshua » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:56 am

Thanks for the efforts, I have now tried everything I can think of from Kate to Open Office I made this file on an old laptop which came with Green Street publisher on it. I still have the laptop but not the programme on it and I can't find the additional disc that came with the machine. I have found that there are copies of Green Street publisher out there but of a later version which apparently doesn't read older version files. Fortunately I still have the written copy and the photo's so it looks like a lot of writing to do..
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