.doc Attachment Problem (Urgent Please Help)

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  1. markfc macrumors 6502a

    markfc

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    #1
    I've been sent a file that I need for an interview this afternoon.

    It arrived in Mail and an attachment called 'noname' I'm pretty sure It's a Mac word doc but renaming it to .doc and opening i get this ;

    --Apple-Mail-78-666586247
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
    Content-Type: application/applefile;
    name=2007 VFA.doc
    Content-Disposition: attachment;
    filename="2007 VFA.doc"

    AAUWBwACAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMAAAAJAAAAPgAAAAoAAAADAAAASAAAAAwAAAACAAAA
    VAAAAR5XOEJOTVNXRAAAMjAwNyBWRkEuZG9jAAABAAAAAQAAAAAAAAAAHgAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    AQAAAAEAAAAAAAAAAB4BU+FMCjUAAAAcAB7//w==

    --Apple-Mail-78-666586247
    Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64
    Content-Type: application/octet-stream;
    x-mac-type=5738424E;
    x-unix-mode=0777;
    x-mac-creator=4D535744;
    name=2007 VFA.doc
    Content-Disposition: attachment;
    filename="2007 VFA.doc"

    0M8R4KGxGuEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAPgADAP7/CQAGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIAAAAiQMAAAAAAAAA
    EAAAiwMAAAEAAAD+////AAAAAIEDAACCAwAAgwMAAIQDAACFAwAAhgMAAIcDAACIAwAA////////
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////s
    pcEAi2EJBAAA+BK/AAAAAAABEQABAAEABgAATRwAAA4AamJqYjHDMcMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    AAAJBBYAqYQDAFuhAABboQAASBYAAAAAAAAEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAD//w8AAAAA
    AAAAAAD//w8AAAAAAAAAAAD//w8AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAIgAAAAAAAQEAAAAAAAABAQAAAQE
    AAAAAAAABAQAAAAAAAAEBAAAAAAAAAQEAAAAAAAABAQAABQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAKIEAAAAAAAAqioA
    AAAAAACqKgAAAAAAAKoqAAA4AAAA4ioAAFwAAAA+KwAATAAAAKIEAAAAAAAA9TMAAHQBAACWKwAA
    tAEAAEotAAAAAAAASi0AAAAAAABKLQAAAAAAAEotAAAAAAAARDIAAAAAAABEMgAAAAAAAEQyAAAA
    AAAAbDMAAAIAAABuMwAAAAAAAG4zAAAAAAAAbjMAAAAAAABuMwAAAAAAAG4zAAAAAAAAbjMAACwA
    AABpNQAAUgIAALs3AABUAAAAmjMAABUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABAQAAAAAAABEMgAAAAAA
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACmMQAAfAAAACIyAAAiAAAARDIAAAAAAABEMgAAAAAAAJozAAAAAAAA


    Plus a lot more ascii! How can I open it???

    Many Thanks
     
  2. garethlewis2 macrumors 6502

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    #2
    You seem to have saved the entire message including the attachment as a .doc file. How did you save the attachment in the first place?
     
  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    #3
    It's likely you could use OpenOffice, NeoOffice, Pages, or even TextEdit to open it since it appears to be an MS Office document.
     
  4. markfc thread starter macrumors 6502a

    markfc

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    #4
    It was forwarded to me like this, and I can't get to speak to the person until later today which will be too late then!!

    I have word, both mac and Windows version but they don't want to touch it.
     
  5. motulist macrumors 68040

    motulist

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    #5
    Email attachments get encoded as non-standard binary files (I believe they are 7 bit or some weirdness like that since the email system is so ancient) which then gets turned back into a regular 8 bit file by the receiver's email client software. I think for some reason this file was either not unencoded somewhere along the way, or was sent with corrupt encoding. Try a base 64 decoder like Decoder X.

    Note: I really have very little idea what I'm talking about here, I'm just giving you my best guess because you're desperate.

    edit: Well whadda ya know, I do know what I'm talking about after all.

    edit 2:

    1. download decoder
    2. drag and drop the problem file onto it
    3. open the resulting .doc file in a word processor

    Tell us if that worked.
     
  6. markfc thread starter macrumors 6502a

    markfc

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    #6
    Cheers Mate, you're a Star!

    That worked.

    Thanks very much for your time, much appreciated.
     

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