Microsoft Office Word Editor Add-In for MediaWiki Released Today
Today Microsoft quietly released an Add-in that allows you to use Word 2010 or Word 2007 as the ultimate Wiki WYSIWYG Editor.
Today Microsoft quietly released an Add-in that allows you to use Word 2010 or Word 2007 as the ultimate Wiki WYSIWYG Editor. It lets you easily convert word documents into Media Wiki format or Wiki style markup. The plugin is a free download from Microsoft Download and installs quickly and easily.
I feel this is going to be a dream come true for those users moving away from Sharepoint and over to MediaWiki. Using this plugin, you can now use Word as the ultimate WYSIWYG Wiki Editor without knowing a drop of Wiki formatting code. Plus, not only can you create new or convert old standard word Docx documents into Wiki Markup, but you can also open pretty much any HTML page in word and re-save it in MediaWiki format.
How it works
Download the Word 2007, Word 2010 MediaWiki Add-in and install it. No reboot is required; however, I would close word first.
Simple create your document as normal (or open an existing document / HTML page) and do the typical File –> Save As –> MediaWiki (*.txt)
From there, open your new .txt file and paste the newly converted Wiki Markup into your MediaWiki page. Very quick and easy!
about time… been waiting for this a LONG time. Now I can uninstall Open Office!
@Shocker – I heard OpenOffice had an interface / conversion tool for Wiki formatting but I’ve never played with it. How does it compare with this Word plugin?
This is very cool. Thanks for the notification. I use MediaWiki myself, and it kinda
sucks having to know yet-another-markup-language. Now I don’t. :-)
@Leo – Your welcome! I’m right there with ya! This is going to save me ooooohhhh sooooo much time! I can’t tell you how much I hate working on Tables on MediaWiki. I’ve already tested it out and it works pretty nice. A few limitation with “special” formatting like fonts and colors however they delivered on the basics which is 99% what I need.
So… I read about this but only JUST installed it and tested it out. DANG! Yeah, this is gonna save me a lot of time. thnx for the tip! I just HATE making tables in wiki!
This looks cool. I am sure it will be a help for a lot of people. However, don’t be fooled, the file you save is saved as a txt file. So you can use it to create the initial page content but it does not help you to do page edits to create a new revision.
Being the product manager of WordonWiki, I would like to point your readers to http://www.wordonwiki.com. This product uses MS Word to create and edit wiki pages, but fully preserves the formatting. Also across wiki page edits.
Hopefully you don’t mind my shameless plug. I hope some people may find this useful.
I like options and since I see you have a free version…. I’ll let this one slide…. ;)
My only issue with your product however is the limitations of not being able to use your product with my own personal / private or even corporate MediaWiki server. I need to use your hosted WIKI correct?
Hi MrGroove, yes you’re right, we are primarily a hosted WIKI. However, we got many requests from companies that want company confidential wikis. So we offer licenses as well. Note that we are not using MediaWiki but our own wiki server software.
Hey Roland. Yup, that’s cool. I just wanted to point out that your system is hosted and not a MediaWiki site which is what this article that I wrote was all about in the first place. In other words, the article is for my readers who need a word editor for Media Wiki. It wasn’t meant as a place to drop links and get free advertising for your company. :)
I’ve downloaded this add-in and installed on two different machines each running MS Office 2007 SP2. Upon starting Word and loading a file, I am unable to File | Save as | Mediawiki (*.txt). I simply do not have that option in my type list.
I can’t seem to find any troubleshooting documentation about this. Has anyone else had this issue and resolved it?
See the post at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/office_2010-word/help-installing-mediawiki-converter-into-word-2010/175fdca6-2500-4490-881f-2a14d3f4bd90?page=1&tm=1319469298345
You may have the same issue
I do consider all the ideas you have presented in your post. They are very convincing and can definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for novices. May you please prolong them a bit from subsequent time? Thanks for the post.
It doesn’t do headings properly. Templates and categories will start need to be manually entered. It actually doesn’t save that much time and could be counterproductive if a wiki site is template/category heavy. Besides Wiki is a very simple markup language that works with HTML. Not difficult to learn.
This does not preserve numbered lists or images. Doesn’t save me anything.
Just did a few searches and it looks like this was probably a one-off for Microsoft as they’ve not updated this for 3 years (since I wrote this article).