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Instructions for MACINTOSH Users

Instructions on how to download and use files on a MACINTOSH computer.

The California Department of Education does not have the resources to support MACINTOSH (MAC) computers. However, other MAC users have offered the following solutions for downloading files.

The following is an excerpt submitted by a MAC user to assist MAC users in downloading files from the California Department of Education Web site.

The data files are created as ".dbf" (dBase) format and compressed into ".exe" (self-extracting) archive files for the PC (compression makes the file smaller, for quicker downloads).

To use these .exe files you must: (1) download them from our site, (2) decompress them, (3) open them in a program that can directly import .dbf, or (4) use a file translator program (e.g., Dataviz' MzcLink Plus Deluxe) to convert the data file into another format (e.g., tab-delimited text) that can be opened in a program without .dbf import capability.

To perform Step 2, you will need Stuffit Expander for Macintosh.

Assuming that you do not have Stuffit Expander for Macintosh, go through the following steps:

Note: These instructions assume that your browser is set to "load to local disk." This will allow the file to appear or popup on your hard drive or desktop. Otherwise the file will download into a web browser window. In the latter case you may need to use Fetch, as stated below.

  1. Bookmark this Web page for future reference.
  2. Download Stuffit Expander [http://my.smithmicro.com/win/stuffit/index.html] External link opens in new window or tab. for the Macintosh.
  3. Install Stuffit Expander. If the installer asks you to make Stuffit Expander the default decompression utility for your browser, select "okay."
  4. Return to the California Department of Education's Instructions for MACINTOSH Users Web page [http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/si/ds/macs.asp] (that's this Web page; see Step 1).
  5. Download the ".dbf" file you want. We suggest that you use Fetch [http://fetchsoftworks.com] External link opens in new window or tab. and NOT use a browser, as browsers may load the download onto your screen and not on your hard disk.
  6. After installing Fetch, double-click Fetch and set Host to: ftp.cde.ca.gov. Set directory to: demo and click OK. Navigate through the folders to the file you want. As an example, find the folder schlname, double-click the folder, then double-click schlname98.exe. Double click on the file you want and then hit SAVE.
  7. When the download is complete, drag the downloaded file (in this case schlname98.exe) onto Stuffit Expander to un-binhexed and decompress your ".dbf" download. A new file will appear on your desktop, called schlname98.dbf. Notice that schlname98.exe is still on your desktop. That's the ".dbf" file, in its compressed form.
  8. Open the ".dbf" file with your spreadsheet software. These files can be opened in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word. They can also be opened in FileMaker Pro, AFTER being saved as a tab-text file in Excel.

We thank the following people for providing this assistance in downloading for MACS:

Questions:   Data Reporting Office | dro@cde.ca.gov | 916-327-0219
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