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transfer MacMSWord (+pictures) file to a PC

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Hello,
I have the following problem:

I created on my Macintosh a Microsoft Word file which has inserted PICT drawings. If I read this file with Winword, I can read the text without problems. The inserted pictures, however, have a lot of stripes all over the drawings.

Can somebody explain to me, why this happens and how I can avoid this problem.

I tried by changing the drawings from PICT to BMP format and then inserting them. There are no stripes anymore but the quality of the drawings is really bad.

Any help is very much appreciated.

Best regards
Michael

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by:alyoung
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What versions of the applications are you using? In my work environment we have Mac Word 5.1 and Windows Word 7.0. The exchange from Mac -> PC works without problem for documents containing PICT files.

In general I've found the cross platform compatability of Word 6.0 for Mac and the pre-Office 97 versions of Word to be quite good. With the introduction of Office 97 that happy relationship was destroyed; I haven't checked lately to see if they have finally released the converters or if the latest Office for Mac is on schedule to be delivered sometime around Christmas.


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rifty earned 100 total points
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When you say the quality of the image is bad, it may be bad on screen but print OK. But that's beside the point.

You need a copy of ZipIt for the Mac. There should be an unzipping program on the Win 95 machine already but if not you can get PKZIP from an archive site like www.shareware.com. (ZipIt can also be obtained from this source if you don't have it.)

Use ZipIt to compact the Mac file. Copy it to an MS-DOS formatted floppy disk.  Unzip it on the PC and try that version. I have found 100% success rate with this form of transfer.

Please don't hesistate to add a comment if you need further help.

Rifty
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by:mkengel
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Hello
Both, the quality of the screen image as well as the quality of the print image were really bad.
Meanwhile, I found a solution to get acceptable printouts - I print my file on the MAc as a pdf-file. This pdf file can easily be printed from PC and from Mac.
Thanks for your comments and answers.
Michael
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