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How can I convert a XML file to a readable document?

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How can I convert a XML file to a readable document?
Submitted: 9 months ago.Category: Software
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9/9/2017
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago
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Hi,

Welcome to Justanswer. I can help you with this question.

XML files are usually opened with a Web browser (like Internet explorer or chrome) and will display all the content. If you would like to take a look at the code itself, you can choose to open it in any text editor like Notepad for example.

If you can give me an example of what are you expecting to see in an XML doc then I can guide you further

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Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

I have also used this website - http://www.pdfconvertonline.com/xml-to-pdf-online.html to convert the XML file to PDF format which you can open in adobe acrobat.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
hello
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

Hi

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I need it to be readable
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

Have you tried opening it in internet explorer and notepad already ?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I'll send you a sample
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

sure, that will help.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
60;?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8' standalone='yes' ?>
<!--File Created By SMS Backup & Restore v10.01.154 on 09/09/2017 17:03:29-->
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="sms.xsl"?>
<smses count="3340" backup_set="809e631a-01ff-448f-85cf-778a48e18312" backup_date="1504991009227">
<sms protocol="0" address="8482106534" date="1497130348715" type="1" subject="null" body="Look I'm asking again stop texting me stop calling me I don't want any further contact with you the line was crossed when you contacted my ex then you th" toa="null" sc_toa="null" service_center="null" read="1" status="-1" locked="0" date_sent="1497130346000" readable_date="Jun 10, 2017 5:32:28 PM" contact_name="Hensley 2" />
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I tried converting it to PDF, using the website that you provided. No good.
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
tried in note pad and IE
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

ok, can you please give me 10 mins to check it out. Will get back to you.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
ok
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
ok
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

Hi, it seems that the file was created by a software - SMS backup and Restore. Will it be possible for you to send me the actual XML file itself ?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
it was created from software, I'm trying to retrieve text messages from a samsung phone
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

ok, I am looking at the software you are using. Can you please make sure that you are following this instruction and take the backup once again -

Make sure that the preferences for “Add XSL Tag” and “Add Readable Date” in the Preferences of the app are checked before taking a backup

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Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

Once you take the backup again, software should create an actual SMS backup file for you

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Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

Can you please confirm once you are able to see the backup XML file

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
don't see these options
“Add XSL Tag” and “Add Readable Date” in the Preferences of the app are checked before taking a backup
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
in the program
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

ok, could potentially be a different version of the software. DO you however see the Backup file itself ?

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I was able to back up to the phone and now it shows a print version
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

ok, that sounds good.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
now to transfer to flash drive
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

if you want, there is another easy way to look at the file. Simply open the file in excel. Follow these instructions -

  1. Open Excel and select File > Open and then select XML Files (*.xml) in the file type dropdown.
  2. Select the backup file from the list. Press Open.
  3. Select "open the file without applying a stylesheet"

That should bring up all the SMSes

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I just open it in excel, didn't look readable
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
let me try it again
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

if possible, can you please attach the file in your message and send it across

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
getting a error message
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
We're sorry – an unknown error occurred. Please try again.
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

hmm, can you please send me the file so I can try it out as well

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
email?
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
It wont allow me to attach the file
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

You can attach it in the message itself if you want.

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Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

or just load it to your google drive or box account and send me the link

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I already tried and I'm getting this error message
We're sorry – an unknown error occurred. Please try again.
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

it might be easiest to simply load it to Google Drive. The file will probably get blocked through email as well because of the security reasons

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
https://www.dropbox.com/s/sf2q4xfeni8y8vv/sms-20170909165949.xml?dl=0
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

Thanks! give me a few mins to check it out.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
Take your time
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I have to go home, I'll check back in a couple of hours.
Customer reply replied 9 months ago
thanks
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

Thanks! that worked, I was able to open it in excel. I have loaded it to box. Please check it out and let me know if I can help with anything else.

https://app.box.com/s/lt58zhg7xr2ybxyo122wtjwrtcmibtc5

Please don't forget to provide a rating if everything looks good. It was a pleasure working with you today.

Regards,

Manas

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Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

Sorry, just realized that I might have posted the wrong link. Please use this one instead -

https://app.box.com/s/7s1w1bvctxmdtahom24e3w89g8i9ejv7

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Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

Hi, Can you please confirm that you got the file. Since they contain your personal SMS, I will delete the link once you confirm to protect your privacy.

Please let me know.

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Customer reply replied 9 months ago
I got it, but its still difficult to determine the actual dates and conversions.
Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

The dates that are coming up are because of the way software is operating. "Add readable date" option would have corrected it like I mentioned earlier but it seems like you are using an old software version which does not have this option.

Can I go ahead and deactivate the link then ? Please let me know if I can help with anything else. Will really appreciate if you can kindly provide a rating without which I am not credited by website for helping you.

Regards,

Manas

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Software technician: manas11, Computer Enthusiast replied 9 months ago

One more thing, if you look at the "readable_date" column in the file, that will give you the actual date the SMS was sent. It seems like software is creating multiple fields and you simply have to choose which one is useful for you.

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