Open .spx files on Windows

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  1. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    Hi all,

    I was just wondering if there's a decent third-party application which will allow you to open .spx files (System Profiler files) on Windows? The reason being that we use Windows in-office and we quickly need to view a Mac's information from those computers.

    We used to save the System Profiler as a PDF, and export that -- it would have the entirety of the information easily viewable. However, it no longer works with Mavericks; just seems to export the highlighted part rather than the entire system profiler. I submitted a bug report for that about a month ago but it's a case of waiting to see if Apple fix it, or feel it even needs addressing.

    I was debating creating a non-resource heavy VM (Panther or Tiger) so that these files can be easily viewed, but in all honesty that's over-engineering a solution to a problem I'm hoping can be addressed quickly. Plus I don't much fancy lugging my Mac into work just to view System Profile files.

    I'd appreciate any ideas that the brainy MR members can offer. :)

    Thanks all!
     
  2. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    An .SPX file is just an .XML formatted text file. IE will open it or you can get any decent app that'll read XML files. (I use UltraEdit but it's $)
     
  3. keysofanxiety thread starter macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    Hi, thanks for your reply.

    When opening in IE it seems to think it's a download ... Open or Save just puts it into a download loop. When opening through Chrome/Firefox it's lines of jibberish.

    I'll try a trial of UltraEdit now and let you know what the score is :)

    Thanks again for your reply.
     
  4. keysofanxiety thread starter macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    No luck with UltraEdit I'm afraid. Tried both with and without DOS view. :(

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  5. Ccrew macrumors 68020

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    Well, that actually is an XML view and all the data is indeed there. IE will open it if you change the extension to .xml. I take it you're looking for something in a prettier format? It'll look the same in IE.

    Prettier format you'll probably not get in Windows, System Profiler is coded to pull in that XML and display it as non-raw data.
     
  6. keysofanxiety thread starter macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    Ah, that's what I needed to know. Basically just looking for a third-party application that will display it ... prettier :(
     
  7. Beth in MN macrumors newbie

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    agree



    I, too, wish we could still print the whole file to a PDF.
     
  8. kryten2 macrumors 6502a

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    You can try in Automator :

    1. System Profile --> Found in Utilities
    2. New Text File
    3. Print Finder Items

    In Terminal :

    Code:
    system_profiler -detailLevel mini > Documents/MacPro.txt
    cupsfilter Documents/MacPro.txt > Documents/MacPro.pdf 2> /dev/null
    
    Info : manual page for system_profiler and manual page for cupsfilter
     

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