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FYI, in addition to publishing Low End Mac and doing some Mac consulting, I'm working a third shift job 2 to 4 nights a week, so replying to emails and phone calls may take some time.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

MacDraw II files

Just finished an interesting project - 4 MacDraw files on an 800K floppy. Fortunately my WallStreet PowerBook has a floppy drive module (thanks, Dave O.), as USB floppy drives can't read the old 800K disks.

I learned that a fair number of programs can open MacDraw 1.x files, but the ones I had and the ones I downloaded ran stuck. So did MacDraw 1.0, when I finally located the install disk. Must be MacDraw II or MacDraw Pro format, both proprietary ones that few programs can touch.

ClarisWorks 3.0 and 5.0 couldn't touch them, and if I have ClarisWorks 4.0 somewhere, I haven't been able to locate it. GraphicConverter, the ultimate Mac program for converting graphic files, was also unable to open these files. I downloaded a few promising apps (even one that required me to reboot from Tiger into Leopard), and finally found one that worked.

Mission accomplished. Files saved with the new app, saved as PDF and EPS, and on the way to the client via email. A real learning experience - and one very happly client!