Opening Certain Files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tikibangout, Aug 2, 2005.

  1. tikibangout macrumors regular

    tikibangout

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    #1
    Hi, I'm running the newest iBook on Mac OS X Tiger, and when I goto download programs such as AIM 4.7, it downloads as a .bin file, when I click on it, it tries opening it with Quicktime. What do I do? And how would I go about installing the program.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

    Eidorian

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    It sounds like you downloaded the Linux version of AIM. Why aren't you using iChat? I comes installed with the Mac. Otherwise...

    http://www.aim.com/get_aim/mac/latest_macosx.adp?aolp=
     
  3. tikibangout thread starter macrumors regular

    tikibangout

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    Thats where I downloaded it from. If you click upgrade, which is what I do, it downloads a file called aim.bin, and I have no clue how that installs AIM, it definitely isn't a Linux version.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    You need stuffit expander. Link:

    http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/index.html

    It was pre-installed on Macs up until Tiger, and so there's a bit of confusion surrounding it. The .bin file is a compressed file, like .zip. Most Mac programs now come as disk images (.dmg) or zip files (.zip, .gz, etc), which OS X can handle natively, but there are still some Stuffit files floating around.
     

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