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PC Exchange, also known as File Exchange, is a control panel developed by Apple Computer to allow Macs running classic Mac OS to read and write data in formats of other operating systems, superseding Apple File Exchange.[1]


As PC Exchange was a control panel that was loaded upon bootup, it allowed the Finder to native read disks from DOS/Windows and ProDOS (Apple II) systems without the need to launch a separate utility application, such as Apple File Exchange.[2]


PC Exchange was first shipped as Macintosh PC Exchange on May 18, 1992 as a separate commercial product for Macs with at least 3MB of RAM and running System 7 or later.[3][4] It was also included as part of the PowerBook/DOS Companion for early PowerBook users.[5] Version 1.0.3 was included as a part of System 7 Pro (7.1.1), released in October 1993. Version 1.0.4 was included with the PowerPC version of System 7.1.2 included with the first Power Macintosh computers. Version 1.0.5 was included with the version for Macintosh Quadra computers. Version 2.0.2 was included with System 7.5. Version 2.2 was included with Mac OS 8.1.[1] Version 3.0 was renamed to File Exchange, which was included with Mac OS 8.5, released in October 1998. Mac OS X phased out the need for PC Exchange.[2][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 How To Transfer Files From PC to MAC: Apple Macintosh Software, Vintage Apple. 2003-07-14.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mac OS X File Sharing and File Exchange: What is Macintosh PC Exchange by R. Mark Fleming, Images of the World. 2006-07-09.
  3. Apple Ships Macintosh PC Exchange and QuickTime Starter Kit by Apple Computer, Tech Insider. 1992-05-18.
  4. Macintosh PC Exchange by Apple Computer, University of Pennsylvania. 1992-06-16.
  5. PowerBooks Do DOS by Sandro Menzel, TidBITS no.166. 1993-03-01.
  6. Road to Mac OS X Leopard: System Preferences by Prince McLean, AppleInsider. 2007-10-24.

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