Question about files?....

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kikujiro, Oct 15, 2005.

  1. Kikujiro macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2005
    I'm currently using a Windows machine and looking into getting a new computer, which would be a Mac. I was wondering if there would be any problems using files from my Windows machine (videos,music,text,etc) on a Mac?
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Generally no. Do you have any third party programs on the PC that make quirky files?

    For the record, your music, Office documents and videos should work without a problem. :)

    The only problem I can see is if you have the very latest WMV files. These do not work on Macs, but most WMVs do and the latest WMP10 versions are pretty rare. :)
  3. mduser63 macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2004
    Salt Lake City, UT
    As Mad Jew said, standard files work just fine. Images, audio, video, Office documents, text, etc all work fine. The only things you'll have trouble with are proprietary files that are created by Windows programs which have no Mac equivalent. To be honest though, those are really not that common. Even a lot of those types of files are readable on a Mac, just not necessarily writable.

    FWIW, I've never encountered a WMV 10 file. That's not to say that they don't exist, as I'm sure they do, but they're very rare in my experience.
  4. andcraig macrumors regular

    May 28, 2005
    I met a WMV 10 file once...friend of mine was going to use my laptop to do a presentation in class that included it..needless to say it didn't work.

    The only other odd thing i can think of is how OSX handles some image files differently than windows. Normally only an issue with Powerpoints. So basically...if you make a powerpoint..check it out on both types of machines first just in case.
  5. asherman13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 31, 2005
    SF Bay Area, CA
    for reading powerpoints, i recommend keynote2 or powerpoint (from office). appleworks has never cut it for me with regards to reading windows .ppt's.

    also, certain files (.sitx comes to mind for me) might be easily usable on a mac, yet not so much on a pc. i'd recommend keeping that in mind if you're in an environment with lots of pc's and have to work with them quite frequently with any type of files besides standard (IMO: office docs, .jpg, .mp3, .psd [sometimes], .zip, .avi)

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