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Re: Moving notebooks from Windows to Mac

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  • Subject: [mg32750] Re: [mg32720] Moving notebooks from Windows to Mac
  • From: George Woodrow <georgevw3 at>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 03:49:23 -0500 (EST)
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I have a similar problem with files downloaded from the internet. You 
should be able to open them from within Mathematica.

If you have BBEdit, you can use the program to do a save as, and under 
the options, select Mathematica as the file's owner. You have to set up 
BBEdit to do this -- there are instructions, but the trick always works 
for me.

I believe that BBEdit can be scripted to do whole folders at once.

There are other utilities that can be used to change the file's creator 
code. There may be one on the BBEdit CD, or a quick search of a 
developer tools website should come up with something.

George Woodrow

On Thursday, February 7, 2002, at 05:10  am, Alan Shuchat wrote:

> I have a student who emails me Mathematica 4.0 notebooks created under
> Windows. My Mac (G4/OS 9.2, G3/OS 8.6) doesn't recognize these as
> Mathematica files, despite my setting File Exchange to map the .nb
> extension to Mathematica. I can't double-click on them in the Finder 
> and I
> can't open them from within Mathematica. The only things that seem to 
> work
> are opening the notebook with BBEdit or Word and pasting the contents 
> into
> an open Mathematica window.
> TechTool says the creator and filetype for these notebooks are unknown. 
> If
> I change them manually to OMEG and TEXT, the values for Mathematica
> notebooks, then double-clicking launches Mathematica and opens the 
> files.
> How can I get the Mac to do this automatically?
> I found an earlier thread about this on comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica 
> but
> didn't find a definitive answer. Can anyone suggest a solution?
> Thanks,
> Alan Shuchat
> ashuchat at

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