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Avoid Long Hierarchical Menus

If you right-click (or Control-click) on some item, such as a file in the Finder, and one of the sub-menus has many options (Open With is a frequent culprit), it may take several seconds to open, even on a fast machine, which is annoying if you did not actually want that sub-menu.

The trick is to not pull the cursor through the menu, but in a curve around it, so the cursor does not touch any menu items until lower on the list where you wanted to go.

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Import/Export Features

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ClarisWorks really suffers in file import and export. Using numerous translators and the XTND system, ClarisWorks can import and export a fairly impressive range of word processing and graphics documents for a low-end program. However, it can't directly import most spreadsheet and database formats, and disappointingly it cannot even import or export to Claris's own products, FileMaker Pro, Resolve, or MacDraw II. Claris says that improving import/export, along with System 7-savvy features, would have significantly delayed release, so they decided to leave those features for the future.

The Standard File dialogs do have the nice feature of being able to look at known imports of only certain types (e.g. only word processing, only graphics, etc.) or all ClarisWorks or all possible imports at once. Text-only documents are readable as any document type and are treated appropriately - tabbed data is put in the appropriate column when read into a spreadsheet, put into fields in a database, etc.

Here's a complete list of import and export options currently available, as shown in the SFDialog box:

Word Processing:

Import: Acta 3.0, AppleWorks, AppleWorks GS, MacWrite, MacWrite II, Word 3.0, Word 4.0, Word PC, Microsoft Works 1.1 and 2.0, Microsoft Write, RTF, Text, WordPerfect Mac 1.0, WordPerfect PC 4.2, WordPerfect PC 5.0, WriteNow, WriteNow NeXT

Export: all the above with the exception of Acta, plain AppleWorks, oldest MacWrite, and WordPerfect PC 5.0, and with the addition of WriteNow 1.1-2.0, MacWrite 5.0, and AppleWorks 2.0.


Import: EPSF, MacPaint, MacPaint 2.0, TIFF, PICT

Export: PICT only.


Import: ASCII, DIF, SYLK, AppleWorks SS, Microsoft Works 2.0 SS



Import: ASCII, DIF, SYLK, AppleWorks DB, Microsoft Works 2.0 DB


Communications: Export terminal session as a text-only or ClarisWorks word processing document.


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