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One of the less well-known features of is its ability to run as a service. You can put that ability to some clever use. For example, you can turn OpenOffice.og into a conversion engine and use it to convert documents from one format to another via a Web-based interface or a command-line tool. JODConverter can help you to unleash's file conversion capabilities.

To be able to use as a conversion engine, you have to start it as a service. This means launching it without its GUI and making it listen for incoming connections on a particular port. To do this, launch using the following command on Linux:

soffice -headless -accept="socket,port=8100;urp;"

On Windows, use this command:

"C:\Program Files\ 2.2\program\soffice" -accept="socket,port=8100;urp;"

Since JODConverter is Java-based, you have to make sure that the Java runtime environment version 1.4 or higher is installed on your machine. Download the latest version of the package and extract it into your home directory. You can then launch the JODConverter using the script (start.bat on Windows) in the bin directory:

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