The program "takes a file in one format, whether it comes from Windows, DOS or another Mac … and essentially creates a new document with all of its updated formatting available. It's as though the file originated in the program that you've converted it to," Thomas concludes.
DataViz also offers a suite of Windows-based solutions called Conversions Plus. The suite, which runs on Windows 3.1/95/98 and NT 4.0, offers several components, including MacOpener (a solution that allows users to read Mac-formatted media on Windows workstations) and Attachment Opener for viewing those pesky e-mail attachments.
Combined, the programs allow publishers to read, write and format Macintosh media on a PC workstation. Files may also be decoded, decompressed, viewed and printed without the originating Mac software residing on the PC desktop. To cut down on processing time, file processing may be fully automated to bypass user intervention. Actual file conversion is also offered, allowing users to reformat word processing, database and graphic files.
"Essentially, Conversions Plus offers the exact same process as MacLinkPlus, only in reverse. … Both products will convert a file, regardless of whether or not you have the original application on your system," Thomas adds.
Released in February the latest versions of the suite and its primary component, Conversions Plus v. 4.6 and MacOpener 4.1, are Y2K complaint, according to DataViz.
The products featured here are just a few of the solutions allowing print buyers to tackle the challenges of cross-platform publishing. Talk to your vendors about a solution that best suits your workflow.
-Gretchen A. Kirby