[ubuntu-za] OLE object in OOO Spreadsheet

Wesley Werner wesley.werner at gmail.com
Sat Mar 13 11:37:43 GMT 2010

> Hi Corrie,
> My apologies. I see now that as soon as I save the file using Calc, even
> leaving the format as Excel, all of the embedded objects are obviously
> stripped from it - thus what was a 376KB file is now only 11KB.
> Not sure how to proceed with getting you a sample, given the nature of the
> data.
> When I open a copy of the file with the embedded objects using Excel in
> Wine, I'm told "Cannot start the source application for this object".
> Robin

Hi Robin,
some digging online doesn't find a definite answer to this, all posts ended
without an answer.

I also looked into the error, "Cannot start the source application for this
object". Does that show when you open the xls file, or the embedded object?
If on the ojbect, then maybe you just need a image viewer associated with
.tiff files under WINE. I installed Irfanview
<http://www.irfanview.com/>and during setup, you choose to associate
it with image files. (note that
irfan requires mcf windows files, like most other wine-run apps, which you
can add using winetricks <http://wiki.winehq.org/winetricks>) - I cant
promise this will let you open the images within excel through WINE, but
worth a try.

Sorry you have to deal with this, OLE objects are criminal and one of the
extreme caveats switching over to Linux :(
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