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 Post subject: Extracting files from .sit.hqx using Windows 7
PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:36 am 
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How do you "unpack" a ".sit.hqx" archive if you're running Windows 7?

I did find this information on the Web:

"Files that contain the .hqx extension are Mcintosh BinHex 4 Compressed Archive files.... The HQX file format was created for Mac computers and this particular file format is not used in the Windows operating environment."

But I'm running RB in Windows 7 and I'm trying to download, extract, and use files from Joe Strout's REALbasic page at the following address:

http://www.strout.net/info/coding/rb/intro.html

One example on that page is DragDemo.sit.hqx. What should I do? I can download the file, but what next? How do you "unpack" a ".sit.hqx" archive if you're running Windows 7?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:48 am 
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Stuffit Expander might work. :)
http://www.stuffit.com/win-expander.html

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Nope (and I had to sign up for their weekly newsletter before StuffIt told me that StuffIt would not do it <sigh>).

I understand that BinHex 4.0 can handle .sit.hqx files, but I can't tell whether that program runs on Windows or only on the Mac (as I suspect).

Apart from my buying a Mac, does anyone else have any suggestions?

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barrytraver wrote:
Nope (and I had to sign up for their weekly newsletter before StuffIt told me that StuffIt would not do it <sigh>).

I understand that BinHex 4.0 can handle .sit.hqx files, but I can't tell whether that program runs on Windows or only on the Mac (as I suspect).

Apart from my buying a Mac, does anyone else have any suggestions?

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Simulate OS X in Virtual Box ;)
http://www.macbreaker.com/2012/07/mountain-lion-virtualbox.html

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I don't know why you are seeing problems with StuffIt. I use the release version, on the rare occasion I need it, in trial mode and it works fine for me. Try getting a different copy from cNet.com.

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why not ask someone that has a mac to sen it to you. or give a dropbox link ?

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Dale,

Here's what happens:

(1) I run Stuffit Expander.
(2) Stuffit Expander says "DRAG FILES HERE" (caps theirs).
(3) I drag DragDemo.sit.qyhx to Stuffit.
(4) Before I release the mouse, StuffIt says this: "WAIT, DON'T DO IT [caps theirs]. This is not recognized as an expandable file. Try double-clicking on the file instead."
(5) I double-click, and WIndows also tells me that they don't recognize it as an expandable file.

Now, I am working with the free version of StuffIt Expander. Is that the problem?

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Yep, that's the problem. If you look at their web page (http://www.stuffit.com/products/file-formats.html) you will see that Expander for Windows does not support BinHqx files.

Personally, I don't see why anyone would use binhqx nowadays. Its only advantage was that it converted into an ASCII file for transmission.

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barrytraver wrote:
How do you "unpack" a ".sit.hqx" archive if you're running Windows 7?

I did find this information on the Web:

"Files that contain the .hqx extension are Mcintosh BinHex 4 Compressed Archive files.... The HQX file format was created for Mac computers and this particular file format is not used in the Windows operating environment."

But I'm running RB in Windows 7 and I'm trying to download, extract, and use files from Joe Strout's REALbasic page at the following address:

http://www.strout.net/info/coding/rb/intro.html

One example on that page is DragDemo.sit.hqx. What should I do? I can download the file, but what next? How do you "unpack" a ".sit.hqx" archive if you're running Windows 7?

Lennox
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Hi Barry,

DragPics is the finished and updated version of DragDemo.
If you go back to http://www.strout.net/info/coding/rb/intro.html you would see this
Not yet finished. Last update on or after: 27 Jan 2004.

The updated, finiished and working version of DragPics can be found in the
RealStudio2011 Release 4.3/Example projects/Graphics/DragPics

Lennox


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Given the changes in the language, I can't imagine how a demo created in 2004, even by Joe Strout, would be one bit of help to you today.

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Roger,

Joe Strout has the same opinion. Here's what he had to say in a recent letter to me:

"... the reason those files are packed up in BinHex is because they are very old. Even if you get them unpacked, you will probably have quite a bit of work to do to get them running in recent versions of RB. So I'm not sure it's worth the trouble. I never remove stuff from the web if I can help it, but these particular files may be of interest mainly to historians. :)"

I learned a lot from Joe Strout over the years, and I'm not sure how accurate his statement is about RB's having changed that much in recent versions. Most of that programs I wrote several years ago still work with little or no change required, and often the ones that no longer work are due to changes in Windows (particularly API's), not changes in RB.

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I learned a lot from Joe Strout over the years

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