Nope not going to work people, even if you add the file extension it wont work. You HAVE to have a Mac, if any of you mac users will notice, when you save a file it asks if you want to save it for a PC, if you dont click that button then there is no encoding, even adding a file extension will not work. You need the source file and save it as a PC file. Sorry bro, this is the only reason I even keep Macs around is for these very problems. Good luck!
Uncle- mainly cuz like joe said, macs are the shiz in writing and reading code for both platforms.
synpa- its been a while so I cant tell you EXACTLY were the button is, in fact I think alot of the new software automatically does it for you. But for instance, Photoshop 6 on my mac, if I save as a .tiff, in the center on the right hand side (I think its were you choose preview options) select PC, I believe that will open a new box for you to checkmark making it viewable/readable on a PC....if you do it right, it will automatically save the extension. You can default this action too (dont ask me how) so that every time you save any files, it will make it a PC file with the extension....and why not have that as the default anyways, since the majority of the computer world is on PC anyways, it also makes us PC people not freak out when we get ANOTHER mac file that is strictly meant for mac.
Photoshop and all of the new Adobe products have the option to append the extension automatically. Still, I have never had a problem just adding an extension for PC. We do it all the time when we do our product photo lists for the PC's. The trick, as yellowdart says, is knowing which extension to add. Would be interested to know if this is going to become a prob in the near future.
Hmm, I have no idea what format the files are in either. Looks like my only option is to try and find someone with a Mac.
OK, so when I do this, does it matter what kind of Mac I use? For example, if the files were made in a recent version of some software, running on OSX, and I go to some older Mac, will I still be able to save the files as PC compatible, or do I need to make sure I'm running the most recent versions of programs and/or operating system?
(I assume that if the Mac I go to is NEWER then there won't be a problem...)
You need to be running the program in whatever the version the file was saved to or higher, not necessarily the same version it was created in. Unless it is a CS type file (or Quark 6 and some other current software that is OSX native only) the OS doesn't matter. An Illy v10 file saved on OSX will open in Illy v10 on OS 9.
No chance of asking the client to run a 'Get Info' on the files for you? Sometimes that will tell you what program and version was used to create it.
PrintDriver is a large format digital print dude. His advice/opinions may not apply to the 4color/offset/web world of printing
Is there any red flags to look for in the meeting where he should just pack his stuff and run? Or anyway the art could be presented to deter the potential client from jacking his art? Obviously don't...