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Old 10-20-2005, 11:35 PM
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max File Extension

I recently received an attachment with .max file extension which would not open for me. After an internet search I found it could be opened with Scansoft's Paperport software. I downloaded the software and sucessfully opened and printed the attachment.

However, that's all I can do with it. I can't edit the image, copy it, convert it or anything else. My only recourse is to rescan this low resolution and somewhat blurry image.

My request that the sender rescan and save the file as a jpeg resulted in another .max image. I think the sender is not very knowledgeable about image files.

Any ideas for converting the .max image to something that is workable? Thanks for help anyone might be able to give.

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Old 10-21-2005, 08:55 AM
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Pretty sure the full product supports export of individual items however the viewer probably does not.
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Old 10-21-2005, 09:06 AM
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MaryLynn,

This page has some options. But like Cassidy said, it seems that only the full version will convert to jpg.

I'll snoop around some more, though.

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Old 10-21-2005, 09:10 AM
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you might try something like Irfanview. it handles tons of extensions and conversions. also, here's a reference to the .max extension that may (or may not) help you out: http://filext.com/alphalist.php?extstart=%5EM

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Old 10-21-2005, 09:18 AM
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My IrfanView is version 3.91 and .max isn't on the list. Could be I'm behind the times though.

Been snooping around..seems that the workaround that the folks are using is to print to .pdf and convert from there (thread). Not easy - but do-able.


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Old 10-21-2005, 09:26 AM
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Ah, forgot to mention the easy way....

If the image will fit on your screen, just take a screenshot.

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Old 10-21-2005, 09:46 AM
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One more before lunch.....

This program - FileCenter - promises to do the job.

It's a 30-day free trial, so you could give it a shot.

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Old 10-21-2005, 10:39 AM
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Thanks, guys, for your help. I explored your links and then accidently found another solution.

With the image open in Paperport I followed these steps:

File > Print > Setup > Microsoft Office Document Image Writer
> Properties > Advanced
> Output format > MDI

This brings up a Save As dialogue box which offers the .mdi file format as the only choice. Saying Ok then opens the image in Microsoft Office Document Imaging. From that screen,
File > Save As > TIFF.

From there, I'm in business, image opens in PSE.

Without your responses, I don't think I would have done that exploring. Surprising what we find when we're looking for something else!

Hope this helps others with the same problem.

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Old 10-21-2005, 10:43 AM
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Nice one MaryLynn, max to my knowledge appears to be some form of proprietary compressed tiff
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Old 10-21-2005, 11:42 AM
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Well done!!!! MaryLynn

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Hope this helps others with the same problem.
MaryLynn
You'd be quite a popular young lady on a lot of threads around the Net . I read them all, and nobody had come up with this answer yet.

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