Export OFT to PCL via .NET

.NET API to Render OFT to PCL on Windows, macOS, and Linux without using Word or Outlook

 

If you are a .NET developer looking to add OFT to PCL conversion features inside your applications, Aspose.Total for .NET file format manipulation APIs are the way forward. By using Aspose.Email for .NET , you can convert OFT file format to HTML. After that, by using Aspose.Words for .NET , you can render HTML to PCL.

C# API to Convert OFT to PCL

  1. Open OFT file using MailMessage class
  2. Convert OFT to HTML by using Save method
  3. Load HTML by using Document class
  4. Save the document to PCL format using Save method and set Pcl as SaveFormat

Get Started with .NET File Format APIs

Install from command line as nuget install Aspose.Total or via Package Manager Console of Visual Studio with Install-Package Aspose.Total.

Alternatively, get the offline MSI installer or DLLs in a ZIP file from downloads .

MailMessage message = MailMessage.Load("sourceFile.oft");
// save OFT as a HTML 
message.Save("HtmlOutput.html", SaveOptions.DefaultHtml);
// load HTML with an instance of Document
Document document = new Document("HtmlOutput.html");
// call save method while passing SaveFormat.Pcl
document.Save("output.pcl", SaveFormat.Pcl); 

Parse OFT File via .NET

Before converting OFT to PCL, if you want to make sure that you are converting the correct email, you can load OFT document, parse it and have a look at your desired property. By using MapiMessage class of Aspose.Email for .NET API, you can get sender and recipients information. For example, you can check for a specific sender email for the conversion by using SenderName property.

var outlookMessageFile = MapiMessage.FromFile("message.oft");
// check for SenderName 
if(outlookMessageFile.SenderName == "John"){
    //proceed with conversion process
}

Restrict PCL Document Editing via .NET

While saving the document from OFT to PCL, you might need to protect your output document. Sometimes you may need to limit the ability to edit a document and only allow certain actions with it. This can be useful to prevent other people from editing sensitive and confidential information in your document. Aspose.Words for .NET API, enables you to control the way you restrict the content using the ProtectionType enumeration parameter. You can set your document to read-only by using the following lines of code.

Document document = new Document("HtmlOutput.html");
// apply document protection and set protection password
doc.Protect(ProtectionType.ReadOnly, "password");
// call save method while passing SaveFormat.Pcl
document.Save("output.pcl", SaveFormat.Pcl);  

Other Conversion Options

OFT TO ODT (OpenDocument Text File Format)
OFT TO PDF (Portable Document Format)
OFT TO RTF (Rich Text Format)
OFT TO TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)
OFT TO WORDML (Microsoft Word 2003 WordprocessingML)
OFT TO PNG (Portable Network Graphic)
OFT TO DOT (Microsoft Word Template Files)
OFT TO MD (Markdown Language)
OFT TO JPEG (Joint Photographic Expert Group)
OFT TO GIF (Graphical Interchange Format)
OFT TO DOCX (Office 2007+ Word Document)
OFT TO EMF (Enhanced Metafile Format)
OFT TO BMP (Bitmap Image File)
OFT TO DOTX (Microsoft Word Template File )
OFT TO PS (PostScript File)
OFT TO DOC (Microsoft Word Binary Format)
OFT TO SVG (Scalar Vector Graphics)
OFT TO EPUB (Open eBook File)
OFT TO XPS (XML Paper Specifications)
OFT TO DOCM (Microsoft Word 2007 Marco File)
OFT TO OTT (OpenDocument Standard Format)
OFT TO DOTM (Microsoft Word 2007+ Template File)

OFT What is OFT File Format?

Files with .oft extension are template files that are created using Microsoft Outlook. The pre-formatted layout set for message templates is then used for sending out emails with common information to save time. Such files can be generated by creating a new email, adding necessary information and then using the Save As Office Template (.oft) dropdown from Microsoft Outlook. Users can open the OFT files by double clicking on it and it will open in associated application on that particular system.

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PCL What is PCL File Format?

PCL stands for Printer Command Language which is a Page Description Language introduced by Hewlett Packard (HP). HP created PCL to provide an efficient way for controlling printer features across many different printing devices. The format was originally developed for HP’s dot matrix and Inkjet printers, but has been part of various thermal, matrix and page printers with the passage of time. The format underwent several different revisions, resulting in different versions where each version was enhanced to meet the demands of time with respect to the printer control features. Today, PCL is the most widely spread printer language in the laster printer market.

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