[NTLK] MailV and AIFC / Newton frames

Simon Bell simonbell at me.com
Mon Jan 4 09:23:19 EST 2016

> On 2 Jan 2016, at 22:43, Grant Hutchinson <grant at splorp.com> wrote:
> This is probably a question for Simon Bell to answer. He does lurk around the list, but may not answer right away.

Yep. (To quote the much-missed SJ.)

Actually, it’s so long since I used Mail V I can barely remember how it works; and now I’m struggling even to install NIE to test it out; but here’s some background that might help:

Sending audio Notes is definitely a Mail V function; SimpleMail never really did attachments.

For an audio Note, the routing slip Format picker lets you choose whether to send a .nwt attachment (Sound Frame Format) or .aifc attachment (Audio AIFC).

A .nwt attachment is a Newton Streamed Object File (NSOF) of the Notes frame. Decoding NSOF is relatively easy, but you’d need to extract the sound data from the |SoundPaper:NSG|.soundData.sounds slot and munge it into AIFC or whatever. It was meant as a way to send audio Newton -> Newton.

I can’t think why if you’ve chosen Audio AIFC format Mail V is still sending a .nwt attachment. I’m looking at an OutBox entry I created just now with Mail V v5.2.2 and it definitely has an AIFC attachment, but as I say until I get NIE to recognise my ethernet card I can’t verify that it actually gets sent as such.

As an alternative, if you have a Mac you could use NCX to back up your Newton, then drag audio Notes onto the desktop where they get dropped as AIFC files.



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