Convert OST to XPS using Python
OST to XPS conversion in your Python Applications without installing Microsoft Word® or Outlook.
For a Python developer, who is trying to add a OST to XPS conversion feature within application? Aspose.Total for Python via .NET API can help to automate the conversion process. It’s a full package of various APIs dealing different formats including Email, Images and Microsoft Word formats. Aspose.Words for Python via .NET and Aspose.Email for Python via .NET APIs that are part of Aspose.Total for Python via .NET package makes this conversion easy using Python. It’s a two step process, firstly load Email and render it into HTML via Aspose.Email for Python via .NET . Secondly load the converted HTML using Aspose.Words for Python via .NET and save it into respective Word XPS format.
How to Convert OST to XPS in Python
- Open the source OST file using MailMessage.load class
- Call the
savemethod while specifying output HTML file path and relevant HTML Save options as parameter. So your OST file is converted to HTML at the specified path
- Now Load the saved HTML file using Document
- Call the save method with relevant file path. So finally the OST is converted
- For OST to XPS conversion, Python 3.5 or later is required
- Reference APIs within the project directly from PyPI ( Aspose.Words and Aspose.Email )
- Or use the following pip command
pip install aspose.wordsand
pip install Aspose.Email-for-Python-via-NET
- Moreover, Microsoft Windows or Linux based OS (see more for Words and Email ) and for Linux check additional requirements for gcc and libpython and follow step by step instructions INSTALL
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What is OST File Format?
OST (Offline Storage Table) is a file format used by Microsoft Outlook to store offline copies of user mailbox data. When working with Microsoft Exchange Server, Outlook allows users to work in cached mode, where a local copy of the mailbox data is stored on the user’s computer. This local copy is saved in the OST file format.
OST files enable users to access their mailbox data even when they are not connected to the Exchange server. Any changes made to the mailbox data while working offline, such as composing or deleting emails, are synchronized with the Exchange server once the user reconnects.
OST files store various types of data, including emails, contacts, calendars, tasks, and other mailbox items. They maintain the folder structure and item hierarchy of the user’s mailbox, allowing for a seamless offline experience.
One of the key benefits of OST files is their ability to facilitate offline access and data synchronization. Users can continue to work with their mailbox data, even without an active internet connection, and all changes are synchronized automatically when connectivity is restored.
It’s important to note that OST files are tied to the specific Outlook profile and Exchange account they were created for. They cannot be opened or accessed independently and require the original Outlook profile to function properly.
What is XPS File Format?
XPS, short for XML Paper Specification, is a file format created by Microsoft to represent fixed-layout documents. XPS files contain the content and print settings of a document, making them suitable for preserving the layout and appearance of a document across different devices and platforms.
The XPS format is based on XML (eXtensible Markup Language), a widely used markup language for structured data representation. XPS files encapsulate document content, such as text, images, vector graphics, and annotations, in a structured XML format. This enables easy interpretation and rendering of the document’s visual elements.
XPS files are conceptually similar to PDF (Portable Document Format) files in that they both aim to provide a reliable way to present and share documents while preserving their formatting and layout. However, PDF files have gained broader support across different software applications and hardware devices, making them more widely accepted and compatible.
To view and work with XPS files, Microsoft provides an XPS Viewer as part of the Windows operating system. Various third-party applications and tools also offer support for opening, creating, and converting XPS files. However, compared to PDF, the range of software and hardware supporting the XPS format may be more limited.