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I am a PC user, with a friend who uses a Mac. When he sends me a Clarisworks files as an E-Mail attachment, my PC basically doesn't understand. Is there a way around this, either at his end or mine?
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There are a few ways of getting around this.

First, assuming you own ClarisWorks for PC and he owns ClarisWorks for Mac, all that needs to be done is to have the file sent over the net in a format that is decipherable by your computer.
Most Mac E-mail clients default to BinHex as the encoding scheme for attachments, where most PC clients use Base64.  If your problem is that you can not decode his files, then you should visit Aladdin's web site (http://www.aladdinsys.com) and download the free StuffIt Expander for Windows, which supports, among others, the BinHex scheme.  Use that program to decode the document which should then work fine with ClarisWorks on your PC.  (You might want to ask your Mac friend to add the .cwk extension to the document before sending to make it a little easier for you).

Now, let's say that your problem isn't the receipt of the file, but the opening of it, because you don't own ClarisWorks.  This is easily fixed by having your friend save his ClarisWorks files in a different format that corresponds to an application that you own.  For instance:  If you use Word Perfect for Windows, ask your friend to save the file in Word Perfect for Windows format.  If you use Word, have him use Rich Text Format instead (or Word, if that is an option).

I hope this answers your question!  Please let me know if I've hit the nail on the head, or if I hit my own thumb instead!

-Curtis
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Each person should save their file as a text file whether on Mac or PC side. Use any word processing software.  When saving go to Save As.  In the box that says file format, click on the arrow and scroll down to text.  On the PC side, the file will have the extension .txt.  It may ask if it is OK to save without formatting.  Say OK.  Only bold, italics, and underlines will not be recognized.
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