How do you read .dll files?

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  1. jshelton macrumors 6502a

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    I am trying to view some ebooks @ netlibrary.com, but the files are .dll

    I did a little research but couldn't find much. Everything I did find stated that that file type was Windows specific. The threads I Googled were pretty old though. Is there anyway I can open these files in Leopard?

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  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    .dll files are (Dynamic-link library) files, and are Windows application extensions. They have no function on Mac OS X. If you want to know about any file extension, you can search for it here.
     
  3. ikermalli macrumors 6502a

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    I have read that it can be read through preview.app but look through firefox add ons, it might help
     
  4. Peace macrumors P6

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    D/L windows 7 preview if they havent removed it yet and do a bootcamp dual boot.

    Then you can run windows to view the ebooks.

    *.dll files are the same as the old DOS *.com files and are written in C++ I believe.
     
  5. jshelton thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks so far everyone. I have XP via Bootcamp, but I have recently been able to use OS X exclusively and it has been nice. This is the first problem that I have ran into. I am trying to avoid having to switch back and forth to Windows. :rolleyes:
     
  6. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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    Try Parallels. It runs Windows and OSX side by side. No rebooting. :) I use it and love it.
     
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    There is no way eBook's would be presented to you as DLL's. Just no way. Even under Windows where DLL's natively live, you wouldn't possibly find them used for this.
     
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    Yes, DLLs are useless on a Mac and can't even be read directly on Windows. You must be downloading the wrong files. :confused:
     
  9. durija macrumors 6502

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    You can open a dll in Notepad and so probably Textedit as well. It doesn't function as an app then of course, but sometimes you can find out what something is supposed to do in between all the code gibberish. Probably not very helpful.
     
  10. jshelton thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have attached an example. It clearly says .dll

    Am I missing something?
     

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  11. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    That's probably a bug on the server's part. Try renaming it to .pdf and opening it.
     
  12. jshelton thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. I will try that this afternoon. Do I use "Preview" to open it?
     
  13. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Since it's an eBook, you may find that Preview can't display it properly, but it's worth a shot. You may need an Adobe product to view it.
     
  14. robo456 macrumors 6502

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  16. robo456 macrumors 6502

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    Anytime! It is pretty strange they named the extension the same as the Windows Dynamic Link Library files tho...

    --rob
     

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