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Solved how to open unix executable files on mac

January 22, 2011 at 00:12:34
Specs: Macintosh 10.5.8, 1 GHz/1GB
my photos are in the form of unix executive files on a CD, How can I convert them back into photo format so that I can view the pictures?

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January 29, 2011 at 10:05:08
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They're not. :)

OS X recognizes any file that does not have an official extension that came from a foreign source oddly. To fix this, start by going to the Finder menu in the menubar in the Finder. Go to Preferences, then go to Advanced. Tell it to "Show all file extensions". Close it, and drag the pictures from the CD to the Desktop. Press return to edit the filename of a selected picture. Do you remember the original format? If so, here's a quick guide:

- If it is .png, type in "your-picture-name.png".
- If it is .jpg, type in "your-picture-name.jpg".
- If it is .tiff, type in "your-picture-name.tiff".
- Or any other format they were saved in...

Hopefully, you get the picture. :)

If the Finder asks if you want to change the file extension, tell it you want to.

Hopefully, this should solve your dilemna. :)

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April 23, 2011 at 13:21:30
agreimann, I am having the same exact problem and did exactly what you said but when I try to open the jpg/png/tiff files (I've tried all three) Preview says the files are corrupt or it cannot recognize the file format.

Any suggestions?

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April 29, 2011 at 20:38:15
First of all, I apologize it has taken several days to reply--I was not aware that this post was still going! :)

Make sure that you are naming them correctly, for instance, that when you append .jpg to the end, the file was originally actually a JPEG file. If not, you are getting your picture files into a mess. Also, you may want to verify the CD you burned, if you still experiencing issues. My advice is that if you are burning in Windows, press the Windows logo key and hold it, then press R. Type in control folders, and press enter. In the second tab of the Folder Options dialog box, check "Show extensions for known file types" and click OK. This will work on Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Then see if you can burn another disc. All extensions should now be appended. If you are really concerned about file resource stripping (such as the extension identity of .jpg, for instance), compress the pictures as a .zip archive. If you don't know how to make a .zip file, I may be able to help you with that as well.

Let me know if this isn't exactly the answer you were looking for, need more assistance, or would like to comment. :)

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August 10, 2011 at 10:21:19
In 2007, I had a similar problem when I backed up my files on an old G3 before I sold it and transferred them to my newer (used) G4. They were mostly OS9 files and my G4 does read OS9 classic files...mostly jpg files and screenshots...but now the are Unix Executable Files and I can't open with anything on my Mac. Even tried on a G5 and it said same thing. Someone told me I need to get these files back on to a G3 in order to read them and then copy to a CD instead of a thumb drive! I never tried renaming them though. Thanks, grafixrj

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