5452WOW! (Was: A small and simple way to use WPMac files on today's Macs)
- Nov 2, 2008Terrific!
--- In email@example.com, "Edward Mendelson" <em315@...> wrote:
> Inspired by John Rethorst's ambitious and powerful
> SheepShaver/WordPerfect setup, I've put together a
> much smaller and more limited way to run WPMac on
> today's Macs. It works a bit like John's method in
> that it uses an old "emulator" program called
> Basilisk II to create a "virtual" early-1990s-era
> Mac on your OS X desktop, in the same way that
> John's method uses the SheepShaver emulator to
> create a "virtual" high-powered Classic Mac.
> My method simply and shamelessly copies
> some of the best things in John's method,
> including the script that automatically
> prints or creates a PDF file from WPMac.
> The difference between the methods are these:
> 1. Mine includes copies of WPMac 1.0.5, 2.1.3,
> 3.5.4, and the final version, 3.5e (enhanced) so
> that anyone with ancient files can open them on
> ancient versions of the software. (This seems to
> be the only way to open password-protected WP 1.x
> files.) John's has 3.5e only, but with lots of
> add-on macros and other convenience features.
> 2. My more limited method requires no setting-up.
> You simply run the Installer script, and it does
> all the setting-up for you. You may need to do
> some minimal setting-up inside WPMac if you want
> to print or create a PDF file, but this is fully
> explained in the Read Me file that opens at
> the end of the installation.
> 3. John's method is designed to be a full working
> environment, complete with bells, whistles, and
> all modern conveniences. Mine is an absolutely
> minimal system, designed to open WPMac files so
> you can read them or print them, or convert them
> to other formats when saving them. That's all it
> does. If you use WPMac regularly, forget about my
> method, and use John's method. If you merely have
> some old WPMac files that you need to look at or
> convert, you might want to try my more limited
> John's system and mine can coexist on the same
> system. They don't conflict with each other in
> any way.
> If you want to try it out, go to this address:
> and click the down-arrow next to the filename
> WPApplianceFiles.zip. If you're running Leopard
> (which the only system I've tested this on) the
> download will automatically create a folder
> named WPAppliance Files in your Downloads
> folder. Launch the installation script and
> follow the prompts.
> The installation script is fairly complex in
> order to make things go as smoothly as possible
> for the user. It works on my Intel-Leopard Mac,
> but it may not work on yours. I created a new
> user account on my Mac, logged in to the new
> account, downloaded the file, and installed the
> system. It worked - but, again, it may not
> work on your system or with your account.
> This system comes with absolutely no technical
> or any other kind of support. It's designed to
> be completely benign, but it may cause your
> computer to explode or it may cause your
> coffeemaker to burn out. It may cause you to
> lose your teeth or your hair or your patience;
> I doubt it, but be warned that no one has tested
> this but me. If anything goes wrong, I probably
> can't fix it for you, though I may try to get
> the system to work better in the future.
> Note to John: The installer script shows that I
> know nothing about Applescript, but it includes
> a couple of techniques that you may want to
> look at in case they're useful for future
> versions of your SheepShaver setup.
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