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Where can I find some graphic files that were created on a Macintosh

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Hi,

First of all, this isn't just a 50 pointer.  I am willing to spend 200 points total on this question, but because there are several different formats I'm looking for, it's probably going to be split between several people.

Anyway, the company I work for is developing a system that automatically processes documents that are submitted to a server running Windows.  These jobs will be coming from both Windows and Macintosh clients.

We have all the applications running on the Windows server and, in theory, these applications should be able to open and print the Macintosh files.  However, we want to be sure that this is true, but are having a difficult time locating files that were created on a Macintosh.

I was wondering if somebody could point me in the right direction on where I can find some files that were created on a Macintosh, or if you have any that you won't mind sending.  They don't have to be great-looking files and can even be generic sample files from the CD (if the license agreement allows it, that is) or a few basic shapes with some text thrown in for good measure.

In particular, we are looking for Photoshop, PageMaker, Illustrator, and/or Quark files.  They need to have been created on a Macintosh and still be in Macintosh file format.

As far as our use of these files are concerned, it will be for internal testing only.  If you wish to allow us to use a file you created, you don't have to worry about us taking your work and distributing it with any of our products.  We just want to make sure that this system can really take a Macintosh file and print it out without any problems.  If there are problems, we'd hopefully uncover them with this test.

Of course, I also wouldn't expect anybody to send a file that took hours to create.  I have read the thread in the Photoshop section about free work, and that's not what I'm asking for.  All I really need is a quick and dirty simple test file.

Thanks a lot.  As far as the points are concerned on this question, I'm figuring 50 points for the person who gives me a sample file (or a link to where I can download a sample file) for each of the four apps named above.  If one person gives me files from all four, that will come out to 200 points.  I wasn't sure if I could lower the point value of this question after submitting it (since I've never really asked a question before - just answered them), so I'm leaving it at 50 points and will raise it accordingly if one person supplies me with files for all four.  If it's to be split between multiple people, I'll post new questions with the appropriate point value.

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by:mazelon
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I may be able to give a photoshop and pagemaker file... i'll have to post them for you though... be no problem for me... mail me at
Mazelon@hotmail.com for more info and where to drop them off
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Great.  I'll be 1/2 way there.  I'm sending you an email now.  Thanks.
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Great.  I'll be 1/2 way there.  I'm sending you an email now.  Thanks.
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by:mazelon
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U have posted the photoshop file.... it's a bit old... but i think it will work... also, pagemaker isn't on the mac anymore so i can't help you with that one... I will see if we have the other programs to try and accommodate you there.
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I meant I did above... :-)
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Well, it doesn't look like I'm going to get much more of a response, and I'm starting to get files in from another source.  I guess I'll just wrap this question up.  Mazelon, post an answer, and the points are yours.  Thanks again.
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by:mushon
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Hi!

I hope I'm not too late, The point is all the graphic applications you mentioned (as far as I know), are all the same format on MAC as well as PC (especially Photoshop) the only files that are different are other files from the MAC like compressed files (*.SIT) or text files that come from the MAC text editor (Mac word is easily converted through a windows word converted as well as all office apps.

especially since photoshop exports files such as gif and jpg and eps which are universally accepted and any known graphics editor can open them...

so in essence the apps you asked about don't need special treatment, they output a file format which would easily be read by the corresponding Windows apps.

Hope this helps
Moshe Eshel
mushon@iname.com
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Sorry, Mushon, but that wasn't what I was looking for.  I wanted actual sample files from various Macintosh applications, which Mazelon has already supplied.  I understand that, in theory at least, these all use the same format, but I know from experience that there are little glitches that will come up that can severely impact the functionality of our system.  That is why we want files created on a Macintosh; we need to make sure that theory really does equal reality, as it often does not in the computer world.

So, we needed files, in Mac file format, created on and sent from a Macintosh, to truly test our system, which is what we got.  Unless somebody can come in here and say that they can send me a bunch of sample files from different applications, then this question will wind up being closed, with the points going to Mazelon, as I already promised him and have already stated.  If somebody can actually give me a bunch of files or can help me out with files, even after this question is answered, I would be willing to share more points, depending on what we need and what is being offered.

Mazelon has been very helpful with my question and deserves the points.
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here I am thoffman... I hope I can help you in the future if you need anymore problems solved... I will be around.

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