Open XML Tools Index

It’s great to see the adoption of Open XML accelerating. The Compatibility Pack for Open XML has been downloaded more than 70 million times*. Countless large organizations have taken that single download and deployed that across their organizations. These numbers continue to improve in favor of Open XML.

There are a number of tools available for manipulating, processing, scanning or otherwise handling Open XML documents. As I read the forums on, I think I can be of service by providing a list of the tools that I know about today. There may be others, but this will help folks get started who might be looking for an entry point:

Some of the available tools


Open XML Format External File Converter


Binary to Open XML Translator


Open XML to ODF Translator


Open XML to UOF Translator


Open XML to DAISY Translator


Open XML Power Toys

Eric White’s Home Page for it


And a good post about it, MSDN Documentation


Eric White’s post about it

Word 2007 Content Control Toolkit

Andrew Coates’ Tutorial for it

Office Fluent™ User Interface Customization Tool

And a great post about it

Altova XML Spy

Trial Version

Open XML Code Snippets for VS2005


Some of the Articles & Training Content


Open XML Implementer’s notes for Office 2007


ODF Implementer’s notes for Office 2007


MSDN Technical Articles


XML in Office Developer Portal


Solution Samples From

For Python, LINQ, Java, System.IO.Packaging

Office 2007 Developer Map


How do I videos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5




Eric White


Word Team Blog


Brian Jones Open XML Blog





If you’re looking to understand the nature of Open XML development today, reading the OpenXMLDeveloper forums will give you a great view. I caveat the tools / training with “some of” because everywhere I go, I run into new tools, training, solutions, examples in use by folks for various reasons. Open XML development is a vibrant, active and productive community.


*the count for downloads of the compatibility pack is pessimistic in the sense that not all successful downloads are recorded. The attempted number is well over 120 million… and likely closer to reality in terms of adoption.

Comments (5)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Seit einigen Monaten ist die Finale Spezifikation von Office Open XML (ISO/IEC 29500:2008) nun offiziell

  2. Anonymous says:

    The ODF TC has published Committee Draft 01 for ODF 1.2 . This is not the official public-review version

  3. Anonymous says:

    Ces dernières semaines furent assez complètes et complexes, et le temps m’a manqué pour partager avec

  4. GrayKnowlton says:

    Thanks Markus, while the order wasn’t necessarily an indication of priority or ranking, I would say the binary to Open XML project is very important, and you’re doing a great service to those folks who want to convert legacy binary docs to an open standard.

  5. markus says:

    Thanks for putting our Binary to Open XML Translator on the second place 😉

    Btw. we also have a nice blog: on our website!

    Best Regards