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Open old Mac files on my new Mac

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Nov 3, 2010 8:06 AM
I have a new MacBook Pro and I want to open various files I have stored on CD from my old Mac Centris 650. None of them will open on the MacBook because it just doesn't recognize them - they aren't corrupt. How can I open these files? Most are images (Pict, Tiff, EPS). Thanks, Jer
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Nov 3, 2010 8:44 AM (in response to jerjrice)
    You will need to append the proper filename extensions to them. OS X does not read the file Type and Creator codes that are embedded in your old files created under Mac OS 6, 7, 8, or 9; it relies on filename extensions such as .jpg, .tif, and .pict to determine how to handle them.
    15" '08 UMBP 2.4GHz/4G/250G; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; iPhone 3G, iTouch 32G, Mac OS X (10.6.4), scanners, projector, tablet, laser and photo printers, Pentax K-7, Olympus E-10
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    Nov 3, 2010 9:35 AM (in response to jerjrice)
    Welcome to Apple Discussiosn!

    Pict and TIFF should open directly from Preview.
    EPS is another beast entirely. You may need a software known as Ghostscript to open it.

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  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Nov 4, 2010 7:38 AM (in response to jerjrice)
    You say the files have been stored on CDs. Have you copied them to your MBP's hard drive before trying to rename and open them, or are you trying to rename them on the CDs? The latter won't work, because the CDs are read-only.

    There are scores of applications that can open .jpg and .tif files, but if Preview won't open them, it's not very likely that anything else will either, until the problem with the files themselves is identified and solved.

    Is it possible that what you stored on the CDs is aliases to the files, rather than the files themselves? Do the files' icons have little curved arrows in their lower left corners?

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    15" '08 UMBP 2.4GHz/4G/250G; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; iPhone 3G, iTouch 32G, Mac OS X (10.6.4), scanners, projector, tablet, laser and photo printers, Pentax K-7, Olympus E-10
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,005 points)
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    Nov 4, 2010 9:09 AM (in response to eww)
    Click on the individual files in question once and do a Get Info from the File menu. That should tell you if it is an alias, or a document.
    An Apple user since 1981, Mac OS X (10.6.2)

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