Opening an attachment

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Feltbower1950, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. Feltbower1950 macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2008
    Thicky here needs to open an attachment sent in format and can't. Mac says it needs an application to open it. Saved to desktop but pop up menu says 'convert file' from 'Text only' etc - file comes out encrypted whatever I try.Help!
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    It seems to be a zipped XPS file, therefore the suffix.

    Zips can be extracted via the in-built unpacker of Mac OS X, or via The Unarchiver, a third party software found here:

    XPS files seem to be a compressed XML file, and are meant for Windows Vista.


    I don't know which software could help you there.
    Have you got a Windows machine to try it there?
  3. jbuk macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    Zip is self explanatory.

    XPS, however, stands for 'XML Paper Specification' — Microsoft's PDF competitor, which, due to Microsoft's inability to make things open, only has an official viewer application for Windows.

    Searching around a bit, however, I found something called 'NiXPS', which seems to be the only Mac XPS viewer, and a license costs 75€, and apparently the trial version puts the words 'TRIAL VERSION' all over the document in red.

    So basically, you're out of luck without a copy of Windows, and you have the folks at Redmond to thank for that.

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