5 Replies Latest reply: Sep 11, 2010 8:50 PM by Tod Wicks
Tod Wicks Level 1 (5 points)
In clean up my older folders I've found several files that don't have any of the usual icons, but rather a Terminal file icon and the Get Info shows that they are "Unix Executable Files."

I opened them using Text Edit and found that some have the type/creator code of WDBN MSWD and others are PICT SPNT, or DRWG MD

Intel Mac Mini 2.26 (early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.4), 23" Cinema Display, 4GB, 120GB SSD, 500GB HDD
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,139 points)
    This is probably because they don't have extensions. if you can work out what the extension should be and add it you may be able to open them in the Finder. For PICTs try .pct or .pic

    WDBN MSWD is Word for Windows, and should apparently have a .wri extension, but it won't open without the correct program. I'm not sure if anything else can open them; opening them in the program itself - or one which can recognize them - is better - try Open Office.

    Can't trace DRWG.
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 (10,515 points)
    Tod Wicks wrote:
    In clean up my older folders I've found several files that don't have any of the usual icons, but rather a Terminal file icon and the Get Info shows that they are "Unix Executable Files."

    I opened them using Text Edit and found that some have the type/creator code of WDBN MSWD and others are PICT SPNT, or DRWG MD


    According to this Web page

    http://support.grouplogic.com/?p=1563

    the first one is a Microsoft Word file. According to a Web search the second one is from SuperPaint and the third is from MacDraw.
  • Tod Wicks Level 1 (5 points)
    Somewhere I recall that there was an application that was a handy file conversion tool, good for converting old MS dos or windows files so they could be read on a mac. If anyone can think of such a "translator" that would be helpful as well.

    Thanks.
  • William Boyd, Jr. Level 6 (10,515 points)
    Tod Wicks wrote:
    Somewhere I recall that there was an application that was a handy file conversion tool, good for converting old MS dos or windows files so they could be read on a mac.


    There was a product MacLinkPlus (http://download.cnet.com/DataViz-MacLinkPlus-Deluxe/3000-2094_4-211382.html), but it's not clear if the product is still listed on the vendor's (DataViz) Web site (http://www.dataviz.com/).
  • Tod Wicks Level 1 (5 points)
    Yeah, that's the one. Now to locate a copy...

    thanks for adding this piece to my puzzle.