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Does anyone know how to convert an XML file to a readable file?
JerryF
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All,

I have been using an APP called "SMS Backup & Restore" to backup my message conversations to my Laptop PC.  It works fine BUT the backup file, once in my PC, has an XML extent such as "filename.XML"

I would like to read and/or print and/or save the text message file so does anyone know how to convert the XML file to something else so it shows all the messages without all the formatting instructions.   

When I try to see the XML file it shows all the formatting.  If I replace the .XML with .TXT that too shows all the formatting mixed in with the text message narrative.

When I look at the XML file in SMS Backup & Restore in the Charge phone it looks great showing all the messages just as they were on the phones display.  The problem with this is that there is no way to print or read or save the messages as they appear in the file from the phone itself.  I tried screen capture but if you have, let's say, a 28 message conversation you have to do 7 or 8 screen captures to get them all.

If only I could convert the XML in my PC to something that is printable or savable or readable that would be the "cats meow."

Anyone know how???

JerryF

PS, You might take a look at my related post.

https://community.verizonwireless.com/message/809832#809832

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Re: Does anyone know how to convert an XML file to a readable file?
Ann154
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Are you using the SMS Backup & Restore by Ritesh Sahu?

I was able to open the xml file from that application with IE9 and view a print preview that looked like it would print correctly without formatting issues.

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

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Re: Does anyone know how to convert an XML file to a readable file?
Ann154
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Are you using the SMS Backup & Restore by Ritesh Sahu?

I was able to open the xml file from that application with IE9 and view a print preview that looked like it would print correctly without formatting issues.

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

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Re: Does anyone know how to convert an XML file to a readable file?
JerryF
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Ann154,

Yes I am using SMS Backup & Restore by Ritesh Sahu.  I have WIN XP SP3 but with only IE8 and, unfortunately for me, IE8 will not open the XML file.

As he suggested, I also check marked the "Add Readable Date" and "Add XSL Tag" and that did not work either.  Oh well, I probably will not be saving messages that often so I still can do it the hard way by doing a series of Screen Captures and emailing or drag and dropping them to my laptop PC.  Actually I thought someone somewhere would have an easy converter program from XML to whatever..."oh silly me!"

Thanks for the tip anyhow.

JerryF

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Re: Does anyone know how to convert an XML file to a readable file?
Ann154
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I know that I have opened xml files on an WinXP and IE8 machine before. It wasn't one of the files from that backup application though.

Tonight when I get home, I can try to open one on my netbook which runs on WinXP and IE8.

I'm most definitely NOT a VZW employee. If a post answered your question, please mark it as the answer.

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Re: Does anyone know how to convert an XML file to a readable file?
JerryF
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Ann154,

You were correct again.  I deleted everything I had done to date and re-did the entire SMS backup of my 28 message conversation again and YES I was able to open it using IE-8.  It looks great and it prints great and life is good!  I am going to go make a donation.

Thanks again for the help.  I marked this thread as answered by you.

JerryF

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