.mim format?????

This is probalbly a simple question, but what the heck is the .mim format?  Why does AOL make my attachments into it?  How can I avoid it?  How can I "decompress" them?  Why does AOL always have to suck?

Thanks,

-mcneil
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MasseyMConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You cannot keep AOL from encoding the attachments as MIM files.  This is just what their email program does.  

Here is a program that can decode the mime files on the Mac for you:

Here is the site: http://www.harmonysoftware.com/
The software is here: http://www.harmonysoftware.com/download.html

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mcneilAuthor Commented:
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cmcgeeCommented:
The .mim file is a MIME file that is used when sending mail messages.

Download and use Winzip. It will open Mim files.

   www.winzip.com


   Craig
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mcneilAuthor Commented:
Well, you answered part of my question.... I'm on Macintosh, so winzip doesn't help me.  I've used stuffit to unpack all sorts of other file types, but it just says "document contains no data" or something, even though these files are 100k or larger.  How can I keep AOL from doing this?!  It isn't so much a problem for me (since I try not to use my aol accounts), but often I have to  send images to clients and I ALWAYS get a call back about this .mim thing.  Why can't they see the images as regular attachments?  How can I make it so they can?

Thanks for your help,

-mcneil
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vlad_impalaCommented:
You can find a decoder at www.shareware.com, just specify you operating system and search for MIME, something like Decoder, Decode da Code or MIMEconvert should do the trick.

Vlad
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mcneilAuthor Commented:
Ok, but the goal here was to KEEP THEM FROM GETTING INTO mim format.  Trying to explain to a client who can barely figure out how to use AOL that they need to download decompresion software to install to view the file would take longer than putting it on a disk and sending it off!

:o)

-mcneil
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