4008 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 17, 2009 6:38 AM by wmowbray
This may give you a little more information:
Try *MacLinkPlus Deluxe*: http://www.dataviz.com/products/maclinkplus/
This is a general file conversion utility and used to come free with AppleWorks, so my only contact with it is when I open documents in AppleWorks. I don't have any WriteNow documents to test but it does list WriteNow v3 & v4 as read only which is what you want.
My guess would be as Peter suggested MacLinkPlus Deluxe is probably your best shot. Have used it over 10 years. Handy little program.
Just drag a WriteNow file to the alias icon of MacLink, Open, Convert and Choose what format you want MacLink to open it in. Save it. Text would probably be the best format even though you may loose some formating in the process.
I have even used it to open some pesky .jpg files sent to me that for whatever reason wouldn't open with a standard photo editing program.
MacLink Plus Deluxe is the answer, as others have posted above. Use it to convert your WriteNow files to a format that Pages can open directly, such as Word 97 Document, and you'll then be able to handle them in Pages with all or nearly all of their original formatting intact.
I bought WriteNow when it was first released and still use it occasionally on my older Macs that can run Classic. It's one of the greatest Mac applications ever, with 98% of the features that 95% of all word-processing users ever need, in a tiny package that fit on an 800K floppy disk along with its dictionaries and thesaurus and room to spare. Remarkable.
Ditto on that eww. WriteNow was indeed a wonderful word processor. Written for how a word processor should perform. Even MS Word 5.1 back in those days was a good word processor (and one I still use) but a little more bloated than necessary.
Most word processors today try to do everything except what their name implies. It all started with Word 6. All downhill since then.
Yes, if you don't mind losing all the formatting in your WriteNow documents, you can open them and read the text in them using Word or any of several text processors. Stripping all the garbage out can be pretty tedious, but if you don't mind that, you can save the cost of MacLink Plus. I had assumed that you wanted to keep the files' formatting intact.
A solution!!!! HOORAY!!!
Get a copy of COI 4.0.1.
Put all your data and applications on a virtual CD and mount it on your desktop.
Put the .dmg file for the size of HD you want into your /users/shared folder.
Transfer docs and apps into the HD on the System 9 desktop.
Use as System 9.
Open document, save as: MSWord type. Transfer manually to "Unix" directory.
It is now in your /users/shared folder.
I just got this working today to convert some old docs.