AMITIAE - Wednesday 21 August 2013
Cassandra: File Transfers and Application Options on a Mac
By Graham K. Rogers
I do have a Mac at the office: an older 20" iMac that I used at home for a while. With a smaller apartment now, this is redundant and I have kept it in my office as a backup.
A couple of days ago I was sent a .DOCX file that was needed for administration purposes at work. I was asked to add information to the template and then print it out. I have no Microsoft applications (apart from Skype and that doesn't really count).
I was able to open the file on the MacBook Pro with Pages. Apart from a few font problems - most characters were too large - I had no problems with the data. I added the necessary information and saved the document. I took the file into the office on a USB drive. I had adjusted the font size down to a more reasonable size.
Most of the time, TextEdit will suffice for the work I need to do with the iMac. I copied the file from the USB drive to the desktop. I saw that the icon for the file displayed an image of the file, with arrows so I could access each page of the document in that icon: detailed stuff here. I highlighted the file and pressed Command + i to bring up information about the file. The panel showed the applications I could use to open the file. One of these was Preview - installed on every Mac.
I used the Option key and a trackpad click to bring up a menu that included "Open With" and selected Preview. I was able to view the file, and with the Export function was offered the options of the Pages document (which was what I already had), and the option to save as a PDF.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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