I've been tasked with the job of recovering the text of a book stored on a 3.5'' floppy disk. From what I can tell, the book was stored on the disk using a Mac sometime in the 1990s.
I tried simply reading the disk on my older Windows machine, but I received the error: "The disk is not formatted". I tried using several file recovery programs, but they mostly indicated that the disk was probably corrupt.
However, I was able to create an .IMA disk image file in Windows. I transferred this file to my newer PC and opened it was a text editor. It seems that the text of the book is intact, but it is mixed in with many formatting characters that I think are an artifact of some old Mac word processor. For example I think
Ü ┐Ü represents a line break.
Is there any (PC) software I can use to parse out all of theses formatting symbols? Or better yet, is there software that could perhaps understand the original format that the book was written in? Unfortunately I do not have a single file, instead it's trapped in a disk image. (And I am not able to extract the disk image because the disk is "corrupt.") I could manually go through and edit the text, but this would be extremely time consuming, considering that the book is ~1 MB.