For Mac users whose friends, family, or co-workers use Microsoft Windows and Office, you know the familiar problem of TNEFs.
TNEFs? Think winmail.dat or win.dat files. Yes, TNEFs are Microsoft’s annoying and proprietary email attachment format, a function designed to keep customers attached to Microsoft, but a standard pretty much devoid everywhere else in the world.
This scourge causes many Mac users to worry openly about the technology choices of friends, family, and co-workers, not to mention that it fosters a growing and genuine hostility to all things Microsoft.
Relax. There’s a cure for TNEFs, winmail.dat, win.dat files and it’s free. It’s little Mac utility called, oddly enough, TNEFs Enough. I would have named it Enough TNEFs, or TNEF Cure, but that’s my bias showing through.
All it does is allow Mac users to read and extract files from a TNEF attachment. Save the TNEF attachment. Double-click the TNEF app and select the Choose Open… menu selection to open the TNEF file. From there you can export the file and use it, open it, move it wherever on your Mac.
That’s about it. TNEFs Enough has a few more steps that I’d prefer, mostly because I get a few winmail.dat attachments every day or so. Other Mac apps can do the conversion automatically but range in price from a few dollars to seemingly expensive, but if you’re swamped with those pesky beasts, TNEFs Enough is a good place to start. Free is always a good place to start.