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Phil Langlotz1 Level 1 Level 1 (100 points)
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Mar 31, 2012 6:54 AM

I have been using Applworks database capability for years.  Since it's not supported and I want to move to Lion, are there any suggestions for replacements.  I have tried Bento and it's OK but more restricted in its output than I would like.

2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 2GB Core, 320GB Internal, 250GB Ext
  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,725 points)
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    Mar 31, 2012 11:43 PM (in response to Phil Langlotz1)

    You will not find any database working as AW database did. I wish I was a programmer then I would have created one but sadly I am not.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,995 points)
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    Apr 1, 2012 12:13 AM (in response to Phil Langlotz1)

    The only real replacement for the AW database is FileMaker Pro. In many ways it's quite like the AW version, though there are a number of differences: it's very powerful - much more so than AW - and consequently there's a fairly steep learning curve. It's also expensive.


    However it's pretty well the industry standard, and is available cross-platform, so there's no likelihood of it disappearing in the forseeable future.


    This page looks at it in more detail:



    You should note that in common with every other database programe it will not open AW databases: you have to export the database as ASCII text while you can still run Appleworks. You will of course lose all formatting, and calculation fields will bring over the result, not the calculation.

  • Barbara Brundage Level 7 Level 7 (22,075 points)
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    Apr 1, 2012 10:29 AM (in response to Phil Langlotz1)

    Filemaker is definitely the most powerful replacement. For me it was a lot more than I needed, so I opted for the rather kludgy option of exporting my databases as ASCII text and then importing them to Numbers as spreadsheets. I don't like using a spreadsheet when I really need a database, but it does make it possible to access and sort the data and to do mail merge in Pages. It all depends on what you need to be able to do with your existing information.

  • hwang317 Calculating status...
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    Apr 4, 2012 7:53 PM (in response to Barbara Brundage)

    I' m sorry.



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