Another thought. Is there Word art used anywhere, or any graphics  
that have been drawn within Word? These use proprietary compression  
algorithms, which may be decompressed to illustrate their true size.

Or, are there special characters (say, embedded math) that are being  
converted graphics?

Or, are there embedded compressed file formats that are being  
decompressed and converted into something else?

Art's suggestion of removing the images and importing RTF is how I'd  
do it too. The only issue is that it is very difficult extracting  
vector graphics from Word without converting them to bitmap. But  
then, could this be what is going on?


On 27/07/2007, at 6:29 AM, Art Campbell wrote:

> My first guess would be that there were graphics embedded in the Word
> file that are now embedded in the FM file and are being converted to
> FM vector graphics.
> The better way to do this is to separate the graphics from Word before
> importing (by saving as an HTML file to spin the graphics files off),
> save the Word file as RTF (many people prefer text) and open that in
> FM. Them importing the graphics by reference.
> Art
> On 7/26/07, O'Laoghaire Micheal <Micheal.OLaoghaire at>  
> wrote:
>> I converted a pretty large Word document by opening it in Frame,  
>> first
>> saving it as a MIF, then saving it as FM
>> The FM file initially appeared pretty OK. However after I scrolled
>> throug the file (without making ANY changes), then saved it, the file
>> grew enormously in size.
>> Some specs:
>> Initial Word document had about 256 pages, a TOC, lots of tables and
>> embedded graphics
>> Almost everything seemed to make it through the conversion OK.  
>> Perhaps a
>> handful of graphics were dropped.
>>         FILE                                            SIZE (MB)
>>     Original Word file                             5.0
>> MIF File after Conversion                     11
>> FM file from MIF File  (initial)                 3.1
>> FM file after a litle scrolling                  13
>> FM file after a little more scrolling        38
>> Final FM file size                            ~ 68
>> I also tried copying/pasting the contents of newly-converted file  
>> into a
>> 'clean' new file.
>> The size of that FM File              72 MB
>> I also tried cnverting the initial Word file to RTF, then  
>> converting the
>> RTF to MIF and FM. However, the results were the same.
>> The behavior is also very consistent and repeatable.
>> I have also converted quite a number of other Word docs to Frame  
>> lately
>> without eny evidence of similar problems.
>> Question:
>> Has anyone seen this behavior before?
>> Do you have any ideas of what the possible cause is (other than
>> "something in the Word file is corrupted"), as well as possible fixes
>> and/orworkarounds?
>> Micheal O'Laoghaire
>> KBS Documentation
>> Comverse Inc.
>> Cambridge, MA.
>> Tel: (617) 273-5414
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