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what is an .rtf file?

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  1. mstarr

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    what is an .rtf file? Does it have anything to do with screen savers? What kind of files are screen savers saved as?
     
  2. Davey7549

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    RTF stands for Rich Text Format. It is very similiar to HTML which is used in Webpages. Screensavers file format designation is .scr and until recently was rether harmless but virus coders have decided to use this pleasent format as a leader to get people to download some nasty stuff. The current Yaha virus uses this tactic.

    Hope that helps

    Dave

    PS: Here is the Technical specification of .rtf if you are interested.
    http://groups.google.com/groups?q=w...-8&oe=UTF-8&[email protected]&rnum=8
     
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    ".RTF Rich Text Format File (also used as Windows Help file script)"

    from ...Here

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    .rtf files are rich text files. They are a document file that xcan be read in any word processor. for example if you use word as your word processor but are sending a doc to some one you kinow uses lotus or word perfect, then you should send in rtf, which will retain the formatting and layout but be readable in their progranmme.

    RTF files also cannot contain macroviruses which word docs often can. For that reason they are used on websites as a safe way to download printable information


    Screensavers are saved as .scr but so are a lot of viruses


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  5. mstarr

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    can I convert a .gxl file which was made from GraFx screen saver software to a .scr file? I am trying to make a screen saver that I made in GraFx available for download from my website.
     
  6. Davey7549

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    I am not familiar with the GraFX Screensaver software but did polk around on its website a bit. Did not find documentation help but is seems to be a very nice product but a bit pricey. Anyway most programs allow you to convert from their resident format through Save As functions or Export functions. Have you looked at those as a possiblility?

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    I have a .gxl file that I am trying to put into frontpage, frontpage wants to convert the file to either a html, rtf, or a text file. Am I on the right track or am I going about this all wrong? Should I try and find a program that makes and saves screen savers in the .scr file? If a file is in a .scr format when it is downloaded does it automatically get downloaded to the correct spot to be used, ie.. display properties, screen saver tab?
     
  8. Davey7549

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    To answer you second question first..... No mearly downloading does not install the screensaver in it proper location to be recognized when one goes too display properties\screensavers tab. The item must be manually placed in C:\Windows\System folder.

    Now as for Front page prompting to change the .gxl extension. I could be wrong but I believe it is doing so since it is a unrecognizable file type. Did you look into the Save as options or export options of the screensaver program for saving as a .scr?

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    You cant open the .gxl in front page.
    You save it as a regular screen saver, .scr and upload it to the internet, and have a link to the donwload at your website.
     
  10. mstarr

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    I don't have a save as option, I only have a save option, but there is a button for "create redistributable screen saver" - file name - select screen output path - then there is this screen "If the recipient of this screen saver has installed a screen saver created with GraFx Saver before, select the "Without Runtimes" option.

    Please not that if the recipient has received a screen saver created with GraFx Saver, but uninstalled afterwards, you will need to select the "With Runtimes" option unless the user has another GraFx screen saver installed.

    For smaller file sizes and download time, you can also select the "Without Runtimes" option and instruct the recipient to download and install the runtimes separately from the GraFx Saver homepage. Please remember that the runtime installation must be installed before the screen saver created will function.
     
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    The more you are telling me about this screensaver application the less I am liking it! If I am interpeting correctly what you are saying that not only is the screensaver created in a priopritory format but in order to run it on other machines besides yours it requires a runtime module to be included. Thats not to great! That is very similiar to not being able to run .swf without Macromedia flash installed or .ra without real player. This probably is because of the added features of transitions excetera that most standard .scr's do not have. Unfortunatly that is just another program one must maintain. Unless someone can come up with a workaround for this the GraFx screensaver will not do what you want it to do using Front Page.

    Dave
     
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    That would be bad that they have to install runtime files for it.
    I have seen a few people here that didn't even have the Visual Basic runtimes, I have had to download VDS runtimes, soon people will need the .net framework, and GraFX is just another one I haven't even heard of before.
     
  13. mstarr

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    Ok, I found another application that I like better, it saves the screen savers as .exe much better, except I still not sure how to have to available for download. I had my neighbor download it, says it works great!!
     
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