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How to Convert .pages to text or Word

Pages '09 logoOur high school has apparently started using iWorks for documents, and in particular the Pages word processor and layout tool.  We were unable to open a .pages file at home using Microsoft Word and other programs.  A quick search on the internet provided a helpful solution: export the file in Word format from the Pages program.  So that will work next time – but didn’t help for the file on hand.

So the trick is to move the file to a PC, then add .zip on the end of the file name.  Then double click to open the file, and there should be several files, including

  • Thumbnail.jpg
  • Preview.pdf
  • index.xml

These files can then be extracted.  Thumbnail.jpg shows what the document looks like.  Preview.pdf provides the document in Adobe PDF format.  From there, you can simply select the text, then copy and paste it into Word, or any other editing program.

Thanks to Experts Exchange for the tip.

Creating aliases on a Mac

To create an alias (or “shortcut” in PC lingo) on a Mac, press Option-Command, then drag the item to the desktop.

To create an alias for a website bookmark, open the browser to the site, then drag the address to the desktop. This works on PC’s as well.

iTunes on your home stereo (part 2)

Here are the details for connecting the AirPort Express to the existing network.  It is assumed that that the AirPort Extreme is already configured, and that its network is up and running (ie, Internet access is available on the computers on the network).

1. Plug the AirPort Express into the wall, and connect the audio cable to the stereo system.

2. The light on the AirPort Express should turn to a steady yellow, then a flashing yellow after about a minute.

3. From any Mac connnected to the network, open the AirPort Utility program.  This is located in the hard drive within the Applications / Utilities folder.

4. The initial screen should show the AirPort Extreme base station. Select Edit / Rescan until both devices appear on this list as shown below.  Make sure the AirPort Express image is highlighted (in blue).  Click the Continue button to proceed.

Step 1: list of devices

5. Enter a name for the AirPort Express, and also a password.

Step 2: assign a name

6. Select “I want Airport Express to join my existing network”.

Step 3: join the existing network

7. Enter the wireless network name and password.  These should already have been set up in the AirPort Extreme base station.

Step 4: enter the wireless network name

8. Confirm the settings, then press Continue.

Step 5: confirm the settings

9. The following warning will appear while the devices are updated.  This step can last a few minutes.

Updating status

9. You should then see a confirmation screen like the one that follows.  Click Continue to proceed.

Step 7: confirmation

10. With the settings complete, click the Continue button to set up the music connection.  Note that the light on the AirPort Express should be green, matching the light colour on the screen.

Step 8: continue with settings

11. Select the “Music” icon along the top, put a checkmark in the “Enable AirTunes” box, then enter a name for the speakers that you will be using, along with a password.  Click the Update button to save the settings.  There will be a warning s

Step 9: enter a speaker name

12. The following warning will appear while the settings are saved. This step can last a few minutes.

Updating status

13. In older versions of iTunes, it was necessary to “activate” the AirTunes feature by going to the Devices section of the Preferences.

Old iTunes settings

14.  In newer versions of iTunes, the speakers configured in the AirPort Express are recognized automatically, and show up near the bottom right of the iTunes window, as shown below.  Select the speaker named in step 11 above, enter the speaker password.

iTunes speaker selection

15.  You should now be hearing your iTunes selection on your stereo system!

iTunes on your home stereo

Yes, you can connect iTunes to your home stereo system. Now I know it is easy to connect an iPod, using a headphone connector on one end, and RCA connectors on the other, but I wanted to connect my entire 200 Gb music library and have it available on the stereo, with good speakers.

I am providing a description below of a configuration that works. This is not to say that this is the only way to do it – but after some trial and error, this is what works for me.

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