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Encoding formats? .bin, .hqx, etc. (2 posts)

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  • Started 12 years ago by scottburton
  • Latest reply 12 years ago from Jim Matthews
  • scottburton Member

    What's the story with the different encoding formats?

    Whenever I exchange files between macs using an FTP server running Windows, most times the files don't work on the other side. I suppose the wintel server is stripping the resource fork from my files.

    When I use BinHex this doesn't seem to be a problem, but what exactly should I be using? What's the difference between MacBinary and BinHex?

    Posted 12 years ago #

  • Jim Matthews Administrator

    There are help topics in the Fetch Help that discuss each of these formats. In brief, MacBinary (I, II and III), BinHex and AppleSingle are ways to represent all of a Mac file on a non-Mac. But this is really only useful if you eventually plan to transfer the file to a Mac; the formats aren't very useful on a non-Mac.

    MacBinary is more compact than BinHex; Converting a file to BinHex adds about 33% to its length, while converting it to MacBinary only adds about 256 bytes.

    Jim Matthews
    Fetch Softworks

    Posted 12 years ago #

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