On Fri, 23 Jan 1998 10:15:48 Gary Smith wrote: >There was a post on this list recommending turning the Easy Open control panel >off and removing Easy Open from the system folder. Does everyone agree with >this advice? > >I'm running system software 7.6 with Mac OS Easy Open 1.1.3 Here is some information I extracted from InformInit, hope this helps: * The Macintosh Easy Open control panel has been renamed "Mac OS Easy Open" to reflect the fact that clone computers are running the Mac OS but are not actually Macintosh computers. Some software installers will install a copy of the older Macintosh Easy Open. You should remove this file. * Mac OS Easy Open (v1.1.3) [12.5/100]: allows you to select the way a Mac or DOS/Windows file is translated/opened when you don't have the application that actually created it. Renamed "Mac OS Easy Open" under System 7.6 and later to reflect the fact that the System software is now called "Mac OS" and is also run on Mac clones. Note: this extension can cause constant desktop rebuilds. The solution is t restart with all extensions off except this one and allow it to (or force it to, using the standard desktop rebuild procedure) rebuild the desktop, then restart again normally. It has been reported that when both MEO and MacLink Plus are present Finder dragging and drag-and-drop operations are slowed down, or even get "stuck" under versions before 1.1.2. NOTE: There is a "bug" (or is it a feature?) where double-clicking on a preference file for an application opens up an application that is not in any way related to it. The solution it to click on the "delete preferences" button in the control panel, then select "Always show dialog box." This will clear up the stored preferences and then allow you to specify what application you want to be used to open the file. * MacLinkPlus for Easy Open (vMEO 9.00): supplied with the System 7.5 and later, works with the Macintosh Easy Open and Mac OS Easy Open control panels to give simultaneous access to DataViz translation files. Requires the MacLinkPlusSetup control panel to set preferences for translations. NOTE: WordPerfect installs a limited version of this file that works only with Word Perfect. According to DataViz, the MacLinkPlus for Word Perfect file (below) was intended to be used by people who do not have the full MacLinkPlus for Easy Open, and is therefore not needed if you have MacLinkPlus for Easy Open installed. In fact, if used together, they may even conflict. NOTE: there is a bug in version 9.0 of MacLinkPlus where converting a document from Word 5.1 for Mac to Word for Windows 6.0 does not work properly, causing a crash on any Windows machine that attempts to open the file. In order to avoid this bug, you should update your MacLinkPlus to version 9.0b (the updater is supposedly free from the DataViz web site). InformINIT was named a MacUser 1997 Shareware of the Year. Version 7.6.1 - Released August 31, 1997 Copyright © 1995, 1996, 1997 Dan Frakes. All rights reserved.