Looking for a Word-to-DITA Conversion Tool? This New Product Might Be Right for You…

One of the great features that our DITAToo DITA CMS has is an ability to automatically convert unstyled or poorly styled MS Word documents to DITA.

If you ever tried to convert an unstructured document to DITA, you know that all traditional conversion tools are based on styles. In other words, you have to map your Word styles to DITA elements. As long as you are consistent with using styles, you are probably fine. But if your document is full of manual, ad hoc formatting or doesn’t use styles at all, get ready to spending a lot of time preparing and cleaning up the document.

The algorithm that we are implementing in DITAToo doesn’t require styles at all. No matter how bad your document is in terms of styling and formatting – in most cases, DITAToo will generate a standard valid DITA from it. Moreover, it will automatically identify the information type (concepts and tasks are currently supported) and convert your content to concept or task topics. It will also do many other nice things that you can watch in a video that we recorded a while ago: Converting Word Documents to DITA with DITAToo DITA CMS (look for the second video).

All the time we are on the market, people keep asking us whether they can get just this particular feature, without having to buy DITAToo. Some of them are already using another DITA CMS. Some of them are not ready to a DITA CMS yet, but they already need to convert legacy documentation from Word to DITA.

If you are one of them, here is some good news. We are now building this Word-to-DITA conversion as a stand-alone product, and it will be available soon. We even have a name for it: ConverToo. In addition to all conversion features that DITAToo currently provides, ConverToo will give you more options to fine tune your conversion. For example, you will be able to define how to convert bold, italic, and underline text, specify whether you want to convert a Word document to a regular map or bookmap, etc.

Now we are getting to something really interesting. We are announcing a closed beta program for early adopters of ConverToo. Participants of the program will get access to the working version of ConverToo and will get updates as the development is moving forward. Participants will be able to try ConverToo in real projects and will give us feedback. In return, when ConverToo is officially released, they will be entitled to get ConverToo with a discount.

To get invited into the closed beta, you should meet two major criteria:

  • You are a consultant that would be interested to use ConverToo for your customers or you represent a company that needs to migrate their legacy Word documentation to DITA.
  • You have a Word-to-DITA conversion project that is already running or is about to begin shortly. At this point, we don’t provide ConverToo for general evaluation.

If you meet these criteria, we’ll be very happy to work with you! You’ll be getting the latest developments, making your voice to be heard by our development team, and be one of the first users of the amazing product.

If you are interested, please send us an email to info@ditatoo.com with “ConverToo” in the subject line, tell us a little bit about your conversion project, and we’ll get back to you.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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