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The file types that Biblos can manage

Biblos can manage certain file types in opening and saving. It is useful to distinguish between three categories of formats: native formats; office formats; user formats.

Natively Biblos has several opening and saving filters. It means that Biblos does not use external software to manage them, but manages them internally. A native format is therefore always manageable using only Biblos. Some native formats are only open, other formats have different behaviors between opening and saving.

- Biblos Document (*.EBIBLOS)

This is the proper format of Biblos. an opening and saving format with which all Biblos word processing elements, including special elements useful for braille, are stored. Especially when working with braille, it is essential to use this format, in order to guarantee the management of all the elements;

- Biblos Protected Document (*.EBIBLOS)

a format similar to the Biblos Document. During saving, it allows you to protect the document with a password, password that you must enter during the opening to be able to open the document. Protected documents can only be opened by those who know the password with which they were created. Document data is fully encrypted using secure cryptographic algorithms;

- Template of Biblos (*.EBIBLOT)

the Biblos format, which serves as a starting point for other documents. A template allows a new Biblos document with certain characteristics to be prepared. When you open a Biblos template, you will always have a new document with the specified template. The structure of the Biblos Template is similar to that of the Biblos Document;

- Rich Text Document (*.RTF)

a document format created by Microsoft, recognized by all word processing software. Some special Biblos items, such as those dedicated to braille, cannot be stored in this document format. Biblos RTF files are in Unicode standard, so they can only be opened by Unicode-accepted word processing software, and not by outdated software that uses only ANSI. For the opening of RTF documents, Biblos opens RTF Unicode and ANSI, with any character encoding, as long as these encoders are installed in its operating system;

- Rich View of Biblos (*.RVF)

This format has a structure similar to that of the Biblos Document. It is not recognized by other word processing software and is only retained for compatibility with the past. We recommend that you do not use it, using the most secure Biblos Document;

- Biblos HTML document (*. HTML; *.HTML)

Opening and saving this format has different behaviours. The saved documents respect the layout of the source documents as much as possible. At the beginning, not all HTML structures are taken into account. It is recommended to use this format only when saving; only in case of need to open the files;

- ANSI text (*.TXT)

With this format, simple text files are opened and saved using the ANSI encoding set in the operating system. Simple text documents cannot have a structure and formatting, so it is not recommended to use them in favour of more appropriate formats, such as the Biblos Document and Rich Text Document;

- MS-DOS Text (*.TXT; *.ASC)

Format for opening and saving simple text files with MS-DOS encoding (OEM Latin Multilingual Latin I - Western Europe). This format is retained for compatibility with older TXT files. strongly advised against using it to continue saving texts;

- Unicode UTF8 Text (*.TXT)

Format to open and save UTF8 plain text documents, a multibyte encoding that allows you to keep all characters of the Unicode set;

- Unicode UTF16 Text (*.TXT)

Format for opening and saving simple text documents with 16-bit Unicode encoding;

- Coded text (*.TXT)

Format that allows you to open and save documents in plain text by choosing the character encoding option. During opening and saving, the list with all character codings is shown, from which you choose the one you want to open or save the text with;

- EPUB document (*. EPUB)

Digital book document very popular for eBooks. Biblos only opens EPUB version 2 without DRM protection. During the opening Biblos tries to respect as many XHTML tags as possible, but not all tags are correctly interpreted. It is recommended to use this format only as an importer, not as an open/change/save format. When saving, the layout and formatting of the text is almost entirely respected. When creating an EPUB, it is advisable to use the saving as a final export operation of the EPUB, and use the EBIBLOS Document format as a true saving format of the original document.

- PDF document (*. PDF)

Import only import format for PDF files. Only the textual part is extracted from PDF documents.

If conversion components - installed with Microsoft Office or a package called File Format Converters - are installed in the operating system, Biblos can also open and save DOC or DOCX documents. For more information visit the following page


User formats allow you to assign file extensions to open and save files using native formats or Office formats. Associating an extension to an opening and saving format can be done in two ways:

- When opening a file, when Biblos asks you to choose the opening format;

- From the general options, the Formats tab contains tools to manage all user formats.