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From: Joe Makowiec <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] Is there something about Macs?
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 10:57:08 -0400
At 06:37 AM 4-27-2001 -0700, Bill Reque wrote:
>I've a cousin who uses a Mac, and we are trying to exchange some files,
>but something ain't working in the process.
What process are you using? E-mail? Network? Diskette? FTP?
>Does "gedcom" mean the same on both OS?
I will freely admit limited knowledge of Mac systems. However, it should
mean the same on both systems. GEDCOM is plain text, and should be
readable on most computer systems, not just PCs and Macs.
>Should a zipped file be usable in either?
Macs natively like 'Stuffit' files, which are similar to .zip files. There
are tools out there for Mac to read .zips, and for PCs to read
Stuffits. Go to PC Magazine (http://www.pcmag.com/) or some other
shareware site and see what they have to offer.
>How can my Word97 .doc or .txt file be read by him and vice versa?
The .txt file should be readable by both machines - Notepad on the PC; ? on
the Mac. If your cousin has Word for Mac, you should both be able to
read/write .doc files. I believe there are some file differences between
the two, so unless there is some really important formatting you need a
later version for, try saving in an early format (WinWord 2?) that both
systems understand. I also see, opening up a copy of WinWord97, that it
will save in MacWord 4 and 5.x formats. It may take some experimenting,
but you should be able to find a format both of you can use. If all else
fails, try rtf (Rich Text Format) - a text-only format which keeps
formatting in html-like tags.
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