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Re: Moving notebooks from Windows to Mac

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  • Subject: [mg32752] Re: [mg32720] Moving notebooks from Windows to Mac
  • From: Tom De Vries <tdevries at>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 03:49:25 -0500 (EST)
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Hello Alan , I had the same trouble in the past.

Someone on this group sent me a very small program that changes the type and
creator info in a Mathematica file and it then becomes double-clickable...

I won't send an attachment but here is the address, the file is only 21 K
and it works like a charm, fast and easy.  You drag the Mathematica file
over the icon, and the file is fixed instantly....


Tom De Vries

> From: ashuchat at (Alan Shuchat)
To: mathgroup at
> Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 05:10:06 -0500 (EST)
> To: mathgroup at
> Subject: [mg32752] [mg32720] Moving notebooks from Windows to Mac
> 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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