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Feb 14, 2002, 11:34 PM
 
I'm new to the whole mac thing and I see all these different file extensions. What do they all mean? For example .dmg .hqx ? the .dmg is most important I am kinda confused
     
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Feb 15, 2002, 12:06 AM
 
.dmg=Device image
.hqx=BinHex text conversion file. To open, use StuffIt Expander.

I have a long list of filename extension codes and meanings(in AppleWorks 6 format, or .cwk)

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Feb 15, 2002, 12:12 AM
 
How about an .smi? and how would I open a .dmg and .smi file? (dont have my mac yet)

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Feb 15, 2002, 12:45 AM
 
A .smi file is a self-mounting disk image. You open this by double-clicking it.

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Feb 15, 2002, 03:48 AM
 
Hey AppleScript,
do you have a link to your list?
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Feb 15, 2002, 12:11 PM
 
Originally posted by AppleScript:
<STRONG>A .smi file is a self-mounting disk image. You open this by double-clicking it.

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Feb 20, 2002, 08:25 AM
 
The best thing about Mac OS file extensions is that they are totally optional! I truly love Mac OS X, but the classic Mac OS will always be superior because, at the very least, it will always have proper metadata support and completely optional file extensions. File extensions suck when they're required elements. I guess this is a bit off topic, but I feel like venting.

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Feb 27, 2002, 11:46 AM
 
On a related note, what is the file type and creator code for a typical Shockwave Flash file? Is there more than 1 type of file?
     
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Feb 28, 2002, 04:40 AM
 
Originally posted by &lt;anonymous&gt;:
<STRONG>On a related note, what is the file type and creator code for a typical Shockwave Flash file? Is there more than 1 type of file?</STRONG>
A document seems to be SPA /MFL2, a player file is SWFL/SWF2
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Originally posted by &lt;anonymous&gt;:
<STRONG>On a related note, what is the file type and creator code for a typical Shockwave Flash file? Is there more than 1 type of file?</STRONG>
A document seems to be SPA /MFL2, a player file is SWFL/SWF2
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Feb 28, 2002, 09:57 AM
 
Thanks for the SWF info.

My guess of file type 'swf ' wasn't too far off (SWFL).

Interesting that there are 2 different creator codes though, MFL2 and SWF2.

There are 2 different entries for file mapping under the SWF 5 Netscape plug-in so maybe that's why 2 creator codes but I just assumed the creator code would be the same for all file types under SWF.

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Feb 28, 2002, 10:38 AM
 
Originally posted by &lt;anonymous&gt;:
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Interesting that there are 2 different creator codes though, MFL2 and SWF2.
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The creator is even more variable; when you open a Flash animation with QT it changes the creator to its own (TVOD) one
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