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    MacBook Pro won't read CD
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    Quote Originally Posted by billwill View Post
    Hello, gentlemen. I inserted the CD label side down and the Mac immediately ejected it. It is the commercial CD furnished with the Strong's Concordance.

    Bill
    Shouldn’t the CD label be side up?

    Ian
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    Ian, that was his test to assure that it wasn't upside down. Previously it wasn't ejected, just not mounted. Upside down it was rejected. So it's being read, but not mounted, which argues for autorun software blocking the mount process. It's looking like a 32-bit problem.
    Jake

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    Thanks, Jake. I misunderstood. Sorry.

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    Thanks for LibreOffice !!!
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    @billwill:

    I wonder if you have ever been to this site:

    https://tecartabible.com/store

    I have a collection of digital books from them which also includes "Strongs Concordance" for the NASB. The nice thing about their app is once purchased you can access the books from any browser with your Mac or PC. I have a large collection of their Bibles, commentaries, study Bibles, etc, downloaded to my iPhone and iPad. Take a look at what they have and maybe buy one or two books. None of their books are expensive and are very easy to access. I long ago gave up of CDs and DVDs. Most of the discs and paper books that I have are gathering dust on my bookshelf.

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    Gentlemen: I contacted the published and they are sending me the latest CD. I'll keep you posted.

    Many thanks to you all for your expertise and thoughtfulness.
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    Dvd
    Is the DVD US or UK ? US uses NTSC format; UK PALS format

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    Quote Originally Posted by jga40 View Post
    Is the DVD US or UK ? US uses NTSC format; UK PALS format
    Doesn't matter.
    VLC on the Mac will play either one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billwill View Post
    Gentlemen: I contacted the published and they are sending me the latest CD. I'll keep you posted.

    Many thanks to you all for your expertise and thoughtfulness.
    Did they confirm it is 64-bit and will work on macOS?
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    Did they confirm it is 64-bit and will work on macOS?
    My guess is that the publisher doesn't have a clue - probably doesn't even know what the question means

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    It could also be that the publisher of the CD is using a non standard compression method to place all that info on one disc. But like member "krs" stated, the publisher may not be aware of the 64 bit requirement of Catalina. Windows 10 still runs 32 bit programs and the vast majority of computer users are running Windows. Most publishers today such as the National Geographic archive and others offer both Windows and Mac formats on the same disc.

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    It would be handy if billwill could get someone to check the CD on a Windows device, just to see if it’s a Catalina or a CD issue. If it works on Windows then we can assume there is a program on the disk that won’t run on Catalina.


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    Just as a follow up. Reverting to Mojave is a long exhaustive process, I feel like I should write a document on the process even though it is covered on so many web sites.
    The point is, it involves a lot of work, especially if you do not have a viable backup of the HD prior to the upgrade (Time Machine backup of Mojave). If not it becomes a "clean instal" procedure which, dependent on the volume of data, could take a month to get back to where you were, if you tackle a few apps a day. Fine if you've got the time.
    Or no choice.
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    "I also cannot create a new WORD document or use any of the OFFICE apps"

    As MacInWin wrote, "there are alternatives to MS products to read/write Word documents."
    I recently upgraded to Catalina (which I have grown to like), but in that process, I, like you, lost the use of Word & Excel.
    I am now using SoftMaker Office 2018. A couple of other just as good alternatives are LibreOffice and OpenOffice. All three of those have free versions, all of them will open & edit documents with Microsoft extensions (doc, docx, xls, xlxs) as well as Save documents retaining their existing Microsoft extensions. I do not use that option, but if I were sharing documents with others who might be discomfited by the sight of an "alien" extension, I probably would.

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    I know it's a pain this MS thing. I've seen people describe it as extortion on the Apple App Store, having to pay $98.00 a year to open their own documents etc. but lets face it, it's just another paid-for app out of many. I definitely don't like Office 365, I have always steered well clear of subscription based apps but I did purchase the stand alone MS Office Home and Student version for Mac OS back in 2018. It seemed like a worthwhile investment at the time considering how much I use its apps and I still think it was. To have a word processor app plus Excel synced with One Drive across all my devices and free mobile apps, with a free 5Gb storage and a secondary email address has been well worth the AU $150.00 I paid at the time. I use Skype quite a bit o/seas too so you could say I'm maximising the value of my MS account.
    Having said that it was a pain to instal. It took two calls to MS Australia to finalise the installation and activate the package despite the fact that I already had a MS account.
    I did try all of the alternatives first, Libre Office, Open Office etc, all of which are great products considering they are free, I have great respect for the developers and their devotion to maintaining a free alternative to MS, I even persisted with Apple's Pages app for a time and still use it for some personal documents but in the end I came back to MS Word. I hope I do not need to buy it again and if not it will seem like a pretty cheap investment after 3 or 4 years. That just leaves my wife who is still stuck on the 2016 version.
    I suppose my suggestion would be to do what i did, try the alternatives and start saving up for MS Office.
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