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I'm studying Mac's, and would like to down load information, from the Apple.com site, to view om my PC,I am using Micosoft Office97,WinZip. What viewers,or programs are needed, where do I down load from? I would like to fine a comparison between Mac & PC terms, ie Formatting&Initalizi ng.TIA Capt Tom Stone
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Exactly what sort of information are you trying to download and view on your PC?

A lot of stuff at *.apple.com are in HTML or ASCII text format so
you favorite web browser (Netscape Navigator/Communicator or Microsoft Internet Explorer) should have no problem accessing it.

You should also be able to download these same .html and .txt files and view them in Microsoft Word too.  Web graphics are the usual .gif or .jpgs, of course.  There is a Mac graphics format called PICT.  I think some PC graphics programs can read this too.

If you're asking about some of the files with extensions like .hqx, .bin, .sit, etc., these are either encoded or compressed formats.

.hqx is BinHex 4.0 -- this is kind of similar to uuencode or base64 encoding.  It's used for changing Macintosh 8-bit binary data to 7-bit ASCII data.

.bin is MacBinary (the reason for this is because Mac files are split into two file "forks" -- a "data fork" and a "resource fork" -- MacBinary is a format that can represent those two forks in a single binary format file.

.sit is the designation for files compressed with Aladdin Systems' "StuffIt" software.  This is similar to the PKZIP
.zip compression.  There are some other compression formats but
.sit is the de facto standard these days.

If you want to try and decode and uncompress these sort of files
on your PC, I'd recommend trying out StuffIt Expander for Windows
from http://www.aladdinsys.com/.

Do note that such encoded or compressed files are usually programs meant to be run on a Mac, so there may be little point
in trying to decode or uncompress these files.

It's kind of limited but you could try and run some of these Mac programs using the ARDI Mac emulator available from
http://www.ardi.com/.

I'd also recommend reading the comp.sys.mac.* FAQs available at
http://www.faqs.org/faqs/by-newsgroup/comp/


There are also a number of beginner/moderate-level books on Macintosh available at most technical bookstores.  You can also
read through some of the archives of Mac magazines like those
available at http://www.macworld.com/, http://www.macuser.com/,
http://www.macweek.com/.

You'll of course learn more by simply finding a Mac to use for
a while and playing with it to see how things work.


Oh...the terminology is not always consistent among all the different software programs but on the Mac side, formatting generally specifically refers to the "low-level formatting" of setting up a disk when using a drive formatting program while initializing just erases the directory structure and a new blank one is setup.  Most users use both terms interchangeably, though.
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