In April, Miramar Systems announced the commercial release of A.K.A., the company's Macintosh-based file renaming program that allows PCs to recognize Mac files by adding PC file extensions to Mac files and automating the replacement of characters that are illegal in the PC environment.
A.K.A.'s resident database allows for additional automation by storing file-renaming parameters in its databank, allowing the program to recognize future Macintosh files with the same type and creator and instantly recall the correct PC extension to add.
Making a convert out of me
Once you get past the "physical problem" of moving a file from one workstation or platform to another, the next hurdle that must be crossed, in many cases, is file conversion. If the recipient of a file lacks the original or compatible application programs, additional help is required to open and translate that file.
"File conversion is a technology that will help you to manipulate the structure of the file or actually modify the data of the file, so that it can work in a specific program on either platform," Yellen explains. "(Working with an) EPS file would be an example. If somebody was working with copy, and, on the Mac, they were using Claris Works, but on Windows, they were using (Microsoft) Word, that would be a case in which you'd have to get the file over with a certain solution and then convert the file once it's there."
For Macintosh-based customers, DataViz offers MacLinkPlus, which runs on the Mac OS. DataViz boasts that MacLinkPlus offers the publishing industry a "survival kit" for those die-hard Mac users living in an increasingly popular "PC world." Operators are able to decode, decompress and view virtually any PC file, once again, without the original application.
"MacLink Plus lets you open up Windows files on the Mac through a series of file translators we have," explains Scott Thomas, Mac Product Manager for DataViz.