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Mac from the nineties. Microsoft Word or Appleworks ? [closed]

asked 2014-07-13 06:23:32 +0200

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These files, even when opened in LibreOffice, came out as gibberish. I have a friend with the same problem. We have lots of valuable documents from this period. I had an original Mac and then one of those iMacs with the coloured transparent container etc. Here is a sample of what I get

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Duplicate of this question (with respect to Appleworks files) and this question (with respect to MS Works WPS files). If the files were created on a Mac they should open OK as LO now has reasonable support for legacy MacOS formats. Can you please upload / link to an example file for others to test? Thanks.

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2014-07-13 06:43:07 +0200 )edit

Oweng. Thanks - how and where do I upload?

Dally Messenger gravatar imageDally Messenger ( 2014-07-13 07:13:49 +0200 )edit

You can edit the question and use the link button in the editing toolbar to upload a file to the site. If it is an unrecognised (unallowed) file format, just rename it to use a TXT extension (or similar) and let others know what the original file extension was. You can also upload elsewhere and edit the question to provide a link.

oweng gravatar imageoweng ( 2014-07-13 07:31:00 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-07-13 08:24:26 +0200

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updated 2014-07-13 08:26:07 +0200

Hello, clearly, LibreOffice has revert to the default filter(*). As Oweng says, it would be great to have a file to test ( if possible a zip file, so we can have access to its original resource fork ).

Notes:

  • (*) we can also deduce from the result (if your sample includes the first line ) that the original file is either compressed or this file is neither a ClarisWorks file ( the chain "BOBO" will be present ) or a Microsoft Word file ( the second character must be a number ).
  • if you have not tried with LibreOffice 4.3, it contains some new filters for some old Mac formats, so maybe ...
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