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File Translation/Manipulation Solutions

A list of third-party products that translate or convert files between Mac and Windows file formats. (Sometimes called "filters.") Also listed are some products that assist with cross-platform file integration and migrating files.

Macintosh File Translation/Conversion Products

Company

Product

Description

.com Solutions, Inc. FmPro Migrator

Microsoft Access-to-FileMaker migration tool. It uses the Actual ODBC for Access driver from Actual Technologies (purchased separately). The company describes it:

Dropping one or more Access 97, Access 2000, or Access 2003 database files onto FmPro Migrator reads the metadata from each Access database file and creates the required FileMaker migration scripts. On MacOS X, FmPro Migrator utilizes the Actual ODBC for Access driver to makes a DSN-less ODBC connection to each Access .mdb file to automate the mapping of Access to FileMaker fields, perform column name to field name conversions and generate FileMaker table creation SQL files.

AutoDesk Cleaner A video and multimedia encoder for Mac OS and Windows that can compress and convert (without loss) between a large number of Mac and Windows formats. Cleaner 5 can output QuickTime, Windows Media (ASF), MPEG-1 (optional upgrades to MPEG-2), Sorenson, RealG2, AVI, DV, still images, audio-only formats, among others. It can also batch process up to 2000 files.

CS Odessa Corp

ConceptDraw/Microsoft Visio converter service

A free Internet-based service to convert files between ConceptDraw and Microsoft Visio, a Windows-only diagramming application. The converter service Internet-based--Odessa's server converts the files and e-mails them back to you. You can convert MS Visio version 5.0 and higher files into the ConceptDraw version 1.x, and you can convert ConceptDraw files into Visio files.

DataViz

MacLinkPlus 16

The premier cross-platform file translator for Mac OS X. Translates a wide variety Mac, Windows, and UNIX word processing, spreadsheet, database, and some graphics formats. Hundreds of formats supported.

Supported file formats include Word and Excel 2007 and earlier, WordPerfect X3, 7, and 8, AppleWorks/ClarisWorks 5 and Office 2000 for Windows, Corel Quattro Pro 7 and 8, various graphics formats.

Also decodes and decompress email attachments automatically -- Encoding formats include Binhex, MIME, Uuencode. Decompression formats include StuffIt, Zip, Compact Pro, MacBinary, Gzip, TAR, Z.

DivX, Inc.

DivX Pro for Mac

Lets you watch DivX movies on a Mac. Includes a player, a converter, and a QuickTime plugin, and a web browser plugin. DivX Converter can encode DivX format video from other movie formats. Users can drag and drop nearly any digital video files to DivX Converter. The resulting DivX movie file can be played on standalone DivX media players and DivX DVD players. DivX Converter also outputs video files and the necessary html code to embed those movies into websites for use with the DivX Web Player. (The Converter does not convert DivX to other video formats.)

DivX for Mac includes the DivX 6 codec for Mac as a QuickTime 7 plug-in that enables Mac OS X to play DivX movies in QuickTime player or other QuickTime-enabled apps.

Roxio Roxio Crunch

(Available for Mac OS X and Windows)

Converts video formats for Apple TV, iPod®, or iPhone.

Converts DV, AVI, MOV, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, DivX, DVD-Video, Video_TS folders, and more. Automatically add converted video to the iTunes library for syncing with devices

Equilibrium
3 Harbor Drive, Suite 111
Sausalito, CA
800-524-8651

Debabelizer

An automated batch processing image editing application ("automated media processor") that can also translate between over 100 of Mac and Windows file formats. Specialties include creating cross-platform color palettes for Web images.

FontLab Developers Group
Telephone and FAX: 7-812-327-3129

email

TransType

A font converter utility that converts Type 1 and TrueType Mac and Windows fonts. Also converts between Mac and Windows Multiple Masters fonts. TransType retains info for codepages, encodings, font suitcases, bitmap fonts and other features specific to the Mac or PC platform. It allows users to convert fonts in batch mode (two-way conversion is possible as one operation).

GLUON, Inc.

XPressImage

An XTension for Quark Xpress for Mac and Windows that can export Quark files to a variety of Mac, Windows, and other graphics formats. Among the formats supported are BMP, PCX, PNG, TIFF, PICT, JPEG, GIF, EPS, PDF, Postscript, Scitex, Postscript, Targa, AMIGA ILBM, and HTML files with frame set and thumbnails.

Intuit

QuickBooks Windows-to-Mac Converter

A free, Mac utility that will convert QuickBooks for Windows 2003 data files to QuickBooks for Mac format. A Step by Step Users Guide can be found on this Inuit page.

Thomas Kaltschmidt
email

XPress 4 Converter (freeware)

A free macro for Word 98 that converts Word files to Quark Xpress 4 and 3.x. It translates style sheets, character attributes, footnotes, and other aspects of the Word file. It can convert Symbol-fonts (even in bullets), and it sees text in frames. (Also available for Word 97, see below.)

ksoft

CP_IconEdit (shareware)

A graphics editing utility that can edit Mac and Windows icons, and can convert between the two. It can also translate between some Mac and Widnows graphics formats.

MacOS icons formats include icon suites, cicn, icns. Windows .ICO icons and Windows .bmp files supported, along with other file types that QuickTime can import/export.

Recosoft

PDF2Office

Converts PDF files to Word, PowerPoint®, RTF, AppleWorks, and other file formats. PDF2Office attempts to recreate the layout of the PDF file in the new format: forming paragraphs; applying styles; regrouping independent graphic elements; extracting images; creating tables; and processing headers/footers, endnotes/footnotes and columns/sections, all automatically.

VINC

A file translation utility for Ma OS X 10.1 and later. It can translate between Mac and Windows file formats including Word, AppleWorks word processing, RTF, JPEG, PICT, PNG, BMP and other formats. It doesn't supports as many of the formats supported in DataViz MacLinkPlus, and it doesn't support spreadsheet formats, but it does cost less. VINC also lets you view text files without translating them.

Lemke Software Erich-Heckel-Ring 8a 31228 Peine Germany
+49 5171 72200 +49 172 9333595
email

GraphicConverter (shareware)

Shareware utility that converts Mac and PC graphics file formats. GraphicConverter imports about 100 graphic file formats, exports in about 40 graphic file formats. Formats include graphics, animations, movies, and slide presentations. It can also convert batches of files ast once. You can download GraphicConverter.

Lindesay Electric

VectorFileConvertor (shareware)

A low-cost conversion utility for Mac OS X 10.2 or later that converts Windows WMF graphics files into PDF format. It can also export to EPS format.

Monkeybread Software

JPEG 2000 Dropper

A free Mac OS X utility that converts "any picture" to the JPEG 2000 format.

Panergy Ltd. PO Box 2472 Raanana, Israel Fax: 972-9-7480922
email

icWord

A low-cost, full-featured Macintosh translation utility that views and prints Word for Windows or Word for Mac files, and AppleWorks files. icWord can also decompress the file (zip or. sit format). Can also tconvert files to AppleWorks 5 and 6 and RTF formats. Also decodes email attachments from PCs. AppleWorks or RTF formats.The complany claims that the translation supports the source file's graphics, tables, footnotes, colors, and "all of a document's original formatting."

icWord includes a customize font matching feature that displays the font closest to the one used in the original Word document. Displays formating (fonts, tables, columns, etc.) Creates jumpmarks automatically for navigating the document.

Version 2.1 and later is native to Mac OS X.

icExcel (a bundle of icWord and icExcel is also available)

Low cost utility that lets you read and print Excel and AppleWorks (v 5 and 6) spreadsheets with the original formatting preserved. It will convert files to AppleWorks 5 and 6 formats as well. Also decodes email attachments from PCs.

Version 1.1 and later is native to Mac OS X.

TechPool Software

2726 Loker Avenue West,
Carlsbad CA 92008 USA 800-925-6998
760-438-0335

Transverter Pro 3.2

A stand-alone file conversion utility specializing in translating between vector graphics formats, such as EPS, Illustrator, and PDF (Acrobat), and from vector to bitmap formats, such as GIF, JPEG, and TIFF. Handles fonts embedded in a file. It also edits, RIPs (up to 720dpi), Softproof, Place, PreFlight, - PS, EPS and PDF files.

(Also Windows version)

Transverter Pro Plus

Same features as Transverter Pro, plus, a RIP up to 4096 dpi and Hot Folders to automate your work flow.

(Also available is Transverter RIP - A software RIP for Fuji Pictrography 3000, 4000 and PSD 400 printers and PSEditLink - Xtra for FreeHand.)

(Also Windows version)

Transverter PI

Converter plug-ins for Quark, Photoshop, Painter etc.

(Also Windows version.)

Microsoft

 

Word 6.0 converter for Word 5.x for Mac

Enables users of Word 5.x for Mac to import files created by Word 6.0 for Windows, Window NT, and Mac. Read-only: does not create Word 6.0 files.

Word 97-98-2000 Converter for Word for Mac 5.1 or 6

 Word 97-98-2000 Converter

Enables users of Word 5.1 or 6 for Mac to import files created in Word 7.0, 97 for Windows and Word 98, 2000 for Mac. (It does not enable Mac Word to save in Word for 7.0, 97, 98, 2000 Windows formats.) Free download from the link at left. (Note: Microsoft page does not mention Word 2000 conversion, but the software can handle it.)

Chris Reed

TTConverter

This shareware utility converts TrueType fonts between Macintosh and Windows.

Miscellaneous Mac File Tools, File naming tools

The following Mac Utilities aren't translators, but help with using Windows files. These include utilities the rename Mac files so they're Windows-safe.

Company

Product

Description

Chaotic Software P.O. Box 3387 Saratoga, CA 95070 e-mail

Drop Rename 3.5 (shareware)

Drop Rename performs many different types of renaming operations on files and folders. It lets you create custom self-running scripts called "Renamelets," supports conversion to DOS naming formats, conditional renaming, wildcard search and remove, file numbering, and more. Fully multi-threaded so it runs great in the background.

Medienwerkstatt Muhlacker

ASCon-A

Text utility that converts text between Windows and Mac formats. Supports AppleScript.

Frank Reiff Shareware

A Better Finder Rename (shareware)

A low-cost, long-time shareware utility that can rename Mac files, including removing illegal Windows charactors. It is implemented as a contextual menu plugin for the Mac Finder , and lets you rename batches of files at once. Also includes a drag-and-drop utility. A Better Finder Rename won't recognize illegal charactors -- you have know what to search for and replace. It can truncate file names and remove all vowels.

It also lets you change the type and creator codes of groups of files. You can add your own type and creators codes to the list of common codes. Handy for "fixing" files that have no type and creator codes, such as those moved from Windows or from the Internet.

The developer updates A Better Finder Rename frequently.

A Windows version is also available (A Better File Rename, listed below in the Miscellaneous Windows File Tools section.)

Sig Software

NameCleaner (shareware)

Manipulates file names from Windows, Unix, NetWare and other foreign file systems. Can add Macintosh Type/Creator codes to files with definable PC/Unix extensions. Can remove non-viewable characters, such as "smart" quotes, and pad out punctuation marks (with exclusions). Append information (size, date and type) about individual files and apply a dictionary for type phrases.

Cross Platform

Provides database of information about how Mac programs and files can be used with Windows. (Will tell you if MacLinkPlus can translate a file, for instance. It also functions as a disk-cataloguing tool.)

Taylor Design

TextSpresso

A a text cleaning utility with dozens of filters for automatic text processing, including converting text files between Mac and PC formats. It can strip out extra charactors from e-mail messages, MIME text documents, and other text from the Internet. Supports the Euro symbol. Cleans Quark XPress files while while retaining style information. Support for user-defined cleaning operations and unlimited presets that you can export and import.

Vampire Software

PcConverter
(shareware)

(formerlly called ASCII Converter)

Converts text and RTF files between Windows, Unix, and Macintosh by drag-and-drop. Correctly interprets the so-called "upper" ASCII charactors (such as those with accents). Can configure it to process custom database files or automate the conversion of text files to html. Comes with six different tables that enable you to convert text files (Dos, Unix and Windows) and correctly use them in MacOS. You can also write your own conversion tables to expand the PcConverter capabilities.

XemiComputers Ltd.

MacIco 1.0 (free)

Macintosh utility that converts Mac icons to Windows icons

Windows File Translation Products

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DivX

DivX for Windows

Windows 2000/XP

Includes a player, a converter, and a web browser plugin. DivX Converter can encode DivX format video from other movie formats. Users can drag and drop nearly any digital video files to DivX Converter. The resulting DivX movie file can be played on standalone DivX media players and DivX DVD players. DivX Converter also outputs video files and the necessary html code to embed those movies into websites for use with the DivX Web Player. (The Converter does not convert DivX to other video formats.)

CS Odessa Corp

ConceptDraw/Microsoft Visio converter service

Any

A free Internet-based service to convert files between ConceptDraw and Microsoft Visio, a Windows-only diagramming application. The converter service Internet-based--Odessa's server converts the files and e-mails them back to you. You can convert MS Visio version 5.0 and higher files into the ConceptDraw version 1.x, and you can convert ConceptDraw files into Visio files.

DataViz

Conversions Plus

Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Translates a variety of Mac and PC word processor, spreadsheet, database, and graphics file formats, though not as many as DataViz MacLinkPlus on the Mac. Automatic recognition of files. Works with email. Includes MacOpener for using Mac floppy and SCSI disks on a PC.

Digital Instrumentation Technology

TransferPro

 

Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT, UNIX

Mac and PC graphics file formats, as well as graphics and text viewers for many file formats. Also has character filters that can change the end-of-line (EOL) characters in a text file, such as carriage-return for Macintosh and carriage-return/line feed for PC. Also enables Windows and UNIX to read and write Mac disks.

Equilibrium

 

Debabelizer Pro for Windows

 

Windows XP

(Mac OS X version also available)

A batch processing image editing application that can also translate between over 100 Mac and Windows file formats, including Kodak multimedia formats. Specialties include creating cross-platform color palettes for Web images. Supports more file formats, and has more batch processing features than the Mac version.

GLUON, Inc.

XPressImage

Windows 98/ME/NT/2000

An XTension for Quark Xpress for Mac and Windows that can export Quark files to a variety of Mac, Windows, and other graphics formats. Among the formats supported are BMP, PCX, PNG, TIFF, PICT, JPEG, GIF, EPS, PDF, Postscript, Scitex, Postscript, Targa, AMIGA ILBM, and HTML files with frame set and thumbnails.

TechPool Software

Transverter Pro

 

Windows 2000/XP

(Mac OS X version also available)

 

A stand-alone file conversion utility specializing in translating between vector graphics formats, such as EPS, Illustrator, and PDF (Acrobat), and from vector to bitmap formats, such as GIF, JPEG, and TIFF. Handles fonts embedded in a file. It also edits, RIPs (up to 720dpi), Softproof, Place, PreFlight, - PS, EPS and PDF files.

(Also Mac version)

Miscellaneous Windows File Tools, File Renaming Tools

Company

Product

Description

Bulk Rename Utility Bulk Rename Utility A free Windows utility for renaming batches of files, useful for cleaning up file names from Mac users. Allows renaming using regex and back referencing.
Frank Reiff Shareware A Better File Rename A Windows utility that can rename batches of files, converting Mac and UNIX file names to Windows file names using a search-and-replace interface. A Better File Rename doesn't recognize charactors; you have to know what to search for and replace. Handy for converting .html to .htm, for instance.

Soft Experience

BriefAudit v. 1.0

(shareware)

A program for Windows NT/2000 servers that keeps track of who made modifications and when. Right click on the file and select Properties (using Windows 2000 Explorer) or Command+I (using Macintosh Finder).

BriefAudit selects files changes events in NT4/NT2000 standard Security Log and writes the selected events in the corresponding Windows 2000 and/or Macintosh files comments.

Catalogue

A utility for Windows that collects and manages properties or Mac comments from any Mac or Windows Microsoft Office document and any Windows file (on NTFS volume). Catalogue retrieves this information from multiple files and can export a report in a variety of formats. Features include the collection of additional properties and the ability to add, modify or delete properties for a batch of files.

Idem 2.0

Software that does file synchronization & folder replication, mirroring Windows and Macintosh files between Windows servers. Preserves Mac filenames and structures when stored on a Windows NT/2000/XP server. Enables the software to run as a Windows NT Service, and can replicate the NT permissions (ACL: Access Control Lists) and the file/folders attributes.

Delenda Cleanup

Automatically removes obsolete Windows and Mac files daily and automatically from Windows NT Server. You use the utility to empty folders or subfolders of files older than a certain age. (For example, you can erase files older than 24 hours in a folder, older than 48 hours in a second folder, etc.) You can also set the hour or the purge.

MacNames (shareware)

A utility for Windows NT/2000 that automatically renames Macintosh files stored on a Windows NT/2000 Server using Services For Macintosh or Cyan Software MacServerIP or with Intergraph ExtremeZ-IP. MacNames will remove illegal characters and add filenames extensions. It can continuously check predefined folders, and can be installed as a Windows NT Service.

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