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.dmg conversion to ? readable in Windows
Thread poster: Josephina Kooijman

Josephina Kooijman  Identity Verified
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Jul 8, 2005

I have a .dmg file glossary which I need to have converted in a format readable in Windows XP. Is there anyone that can help me out?

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Edwal Rospigliosi  Identity Verified
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A bit complicated, but doable Jul 8, 2005

.dmg means disk image in Mac. Can't be read in Windows XP directly, but I found this in a Mac BBS:

Ok. Here's how to open a .DMG file on a pc to access the files.

First, download DMG2ISO

The run the file DMG2ISO shell, and select yoru .dmg file. Then name your output file and convert.

Then.... download daemon tools

install it, and in the bottom right corner (running tasks) left click on it's icon, and select drive 0, and then find yoru NEW converted image (it will now be a .iso image since you converted it from .dmg to .iso).

NOW, you should see when you click 'my computer' a cd/dvd drive with the name of the file, like there was a cd/dvd in your machine (of course it is a virtual drive).

Now.... download Macdrive.

After installing Macdrive, you will be able to select VIEW MAC DISKS IN MY COMPUTER! And of course you have a virtual disc in your pc, which you get full access to!

Now just view all the files, and copy, and paste them to a new regular windows folder, or burn them straight to a cd/dvd and you're good to go! (I think you'll have to burn them straight to a dvd or cd in order for a mac to read them, but mac drive has this 'mac cd dvd' facility too!

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Claudio Nasso  Identity Verified
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Ask help to a colleague Jul 10, 2005

As Edwal already said, a .dmg is a MAC disk image file.

If you don't have a MAC system, you can ask a colleague who has it to open the image file, "Zip" it and send back to you the "zipped" file containing the original (TMs) files. But this has a sense if the original files are really readable by a WIN based application (i.e. MS Office, Trdos, SDLX or whatever other WIN application).

Remember that a number of files formats can be recognized, read and edited both by WIN and MAC applications (i.e. MS Office, Quark XPress, Adobe PhotoShop, etc.), even if, sometimes, you'd encounter a sort of minor transcoding problems.


[Edited at 2005-07-10 05:48]

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Roberta Anderson  Identity Verified
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are you looking for Apple glossaries? Jul 10, 2005

Hi Josephina.

Are you by any chance trying to open the .dmg Apple glossaries?
Apple glossaries are also available as txt files, in
(all on 1 line, no spaces)
However these seem to be much smaller files than the .dmg ones, so thay may not be the complete glossaries (I checked the dutch file, and it's only 1335 entries).

If this is what you are looking for, you can download the files from the link above, then open the .hqx/.sit files in Windows (I think WinZip handles these, or StuffitExpander which you can download for free from
You'll then get a file with no extension: add a .txt extension, and open it in Excel, as tab delimited file (or just in WordPad, but it will be harder to read)

I would also be happy to help you open/convert your .dmg files on my Mac and Windows systems - feel free to contact me privately.


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Josephina Kooijman  Identity Verified
Local time: 04:53
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Thanks to all of you! Jul 10, 2005

Especially my thanks to Roberta. Your link brought me to the glossary, of which I thought I already had it when I started this post, I needed. Stuffit enabled me to open the .sit file in Wordpad.

I really appreciate all the help that each of you provided.


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Mads Grøftehauge  Identity Verified
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Why must it be so difficult? Jan 27, 2006

The files Roberta mention appear to be ten years old...

I wonder if it would be legal for some kindly soul - with both systems or all that software Edwal mentioned - to convert the OS X glossaries to files that are readable on a PC and get them hosted somewhere...

It would be great to be able to access these things when you just have to translate short instructions for different operating systems (say, how to install a program or set a desktop image).

Oh well...

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Michael Joseph Wdowiak Beijer  Identity Verified
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Apple should be ashamed of themselves;) Oct 23, 2010

1. Browse and convert the DMG to ISO with HFSExplorer,
2. Load the resultant .ad files into Xbench,
3. Export as tab delimited text file or TMX.


[Edited at 2010-10-23 14:31 GMT]

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