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How do I free an opml file from the evil grip of Adobe? - Input Junkie
December 22nd, 2015
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How do I free an opml file from the evil grip of Adobe?
I'm trying to open this file.

Apparently, I can read it with just about anything, but unfortunately, when my computer asked me what I wanted to read it with, I started with Adobe. Adobe can't read it, but I haven't figured out how to get Adobe to let go of it so that I can try reading it with something else. I have Windows 7.

Edited to add: agrumer has sent me an html version.

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From:intelligentrix
Date:December 22nd, 2015 08:18 am (UTC)
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Have you tried right clicking on the file? That usually brings up the "open with" option and you can select another program.
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From:agrumer
Date:December 22nd, 2015 08:45 am (UTC)
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OPML is an outliner format. You ought to be able to open it with an outliner, or a text editor.

That specific file looks like an outline-formatted RSS subscription feed; open it in an RSS reader. RSS is a website subscription technology; the idea being that you can use a reader app to monitor a whole bunch of blogs and see what’s updated (kind of like reading a LiveJournal friends page.) Or you can open it up in a text editor and pluck out the URLs by hand and look at ’em in a web browser.

I assume when you say “Adobe” you mean Acrobat Reader, which is a PDF reader. I don’t know what you mean by “let go of it.” Do you mean that Acrobat is refusing to allow any other program to access the file, or do you mean that your OS now associates that file type with Acrobat, and keeps trying to use it when you double-click on the OPML file?
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From:agrumer
Date:December 22nd, 2015 08:48 am (UTC)
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Oh, you can probably just drag the OPML file into your web browser. Not the perfect way of looking at it, but you’ll at least get to see the information.
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From:agrumer
Date:December 22nd, 2015 09:02 am (UTC)
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Or you can check your email.
From:nancylebov
Date:December 22nd, 2015 09:27 am (UTC)
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It's calling itself Adobe Reader XI. As for your question, it seems like both. Anything I try to do with the downloaded opml file runs up against Adobe.

Thank you very much for html-izing the file.
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From:madfilkentist
Date:December 22nd, 2015 10:04 am (UTC)
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Everything agrumer says sounds right to me. Are you saying that even if you tell Windows to open the OPML file with another application, Adobe Reader grabs it?

If you've got a satisfactory solution, fine, but as a file format geek I'm puzzled. One thing I'd have tried is to rename the file extension to ".txt". Then it should open in a text editor.
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From:nancylebov
Date:December 22nd, 2015 10:19 am (UTC)
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Changing the extension to txt worked. I had no idea that was a possible solution.
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From:matgb
Date:December 22nd, 2015 11:42 am (UTC)
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That or using file/open within a text reader and making sure it's set to display all files.

~It is possible to tell Win7 to change default file associations somewhere, possibly in "change default programme" in control panel, but I've switched to Linux and forget how to get there.

Worth googling Win7 GodMode for the commands list, it's one of those Win features they hide because they're scared it'll confuse people.
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From:agrumer
Date:December 22nd, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
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When I’m faced with an unfamiliar file format, I google for the extension. That usually turns up a Wikipedia page.

If the file is any kind of XML or other markup language (which OPML, and most things ending in “…ML” are), it’s basically a text file with some standardized tags.
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From:ellarien
Date:December 22nd, 2015 10:24 am (UTC)
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I'm glad you got a solution. I noticed when I installed Adobe Reader XI that it's weird about associations -- no matter how many times I told it it was not the default for opening PDF files (I have Acrobat Pro 9 and regularly use some tools that still aren't in the free version), or tried to associate PDF with anything else, it took no notice. I ended up uninstalling it on the machine that has the Pro version. (That was on Win8.1; I haven't tried it again since I went to 10.)
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