8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 8, 2012 10:46 AM by Ken Kline
Ken Kline Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I just got AppleWorks 6.2.9 from the Abandonware site Macintosh Garden. I gather the Apple no longer sells or supports Appleworks, so can I legally use it on my iMac G4, G5 running Tiger? Thanks.

  • 1. Re: Is Appleworks 6.2.9 Now Free to Use?
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    Even tough Apple doesn't sell or support Appleworks it doesn't mean Apple allow it to be an abandonware. You have to ask Apple about it. Here we are end users like you. I wish I knew the answer.

  • 2. Re: Is Appleworks 6.2.9 Now Free to Use?
    Michael Wasley Level 5 Level 5 (6,810 points)

    Ken Kline wrote:

     

    I gather the Apple no longer sells or supports Appleworks, so can I legally use it on my iMac G4, G5 running Tiger? Thanks.

    The fact that AW is no longer sold or supported does not mean that it is in the public domain.

  • 3. Re: Is Appleworks 6.2.9 Now Free to Use?
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    There are other vendors like Amazon and Hardcoremac.

  • 4. Re: Is Appleworks 6.2.9 Now Free to Use?
    Ken Kline Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks folks. I way playing with Appleworks while waiting for your replies. I have been using Open Office Aqua 3.2.1, the most current + last version for the PPC. Comparing the two, the sophistication, GUI, functionality, templates of Open Office is far superior although AppleWorks is much quicker. Legacy software like Appleworks is not really worth paying for so I'll see if there are any other replies, enjoy Open Office very much, was thinking of Appleworks as an alternate software for some occasions.

     

    A similar situation for me was with a legacy version of Roxio Toast Titanium, version 6 in this case. This software is commonly available from a variety of internet sources. Roxio no longer sells or supports Toast 6, so I put in a call to Roxio support telling them how I got the program without paying, asking if I can use it. Their reply was that I was taking my chances using this legacy software but I was free to use, that Roxio no longer has any involvement with it, so I am successfully using it with Tiger

  • 5. Re: Is Appleworks 6.2.9 Now Free to Use?
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,495 points)

    If you don't have a back catalogue of AppleWorks document, but are thinking of starting fresh with it, this is a bad time to do it. The program has been end-of-lifed for some years now, and though it has many attractive features it will not ever run on anything higher than Snow Leopard, so you would be locking yourself into a format which eventually you will not be able to retrieve.

  • 6. Re: Is Appleworks 6.2.9 Now Free to Use?
    Ken Kline Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Roger, I agree, that's why I am not going to pay anything for it. I am quite happy with Tiger on my PPC G4,G5 (have no intention of switching to Lion/Mountain Lion), Appleworks can't compare in any way to Open Office Aqua 3.2.1, except for quickness. I was thinking of it only as a replacement for iText Express or Bean as a backup WP. You have put it into perspective for me. Apple ought to make a lot of it's legacy software free to the Mac community, especially to those who might want to continue using G3, G4, G5 technology. Ken.

  • 7. Re: Is Appleworks 6.2.9 Now Free to Use?
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,495 points)

    If all you want is basic Word Processing with fonts, a simple layout, and very basic insertion of already formatted pictures, TextEdit will do all that and as it uses Rich Text format it should be compatible with anything.

  • 8. Re: Is Appleworks 6.2.9 Now Free to Use?
    Ken Kline Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Roger. I am going to finish this discussion now, I got my answers. Text Edit is so boring, Bean is much more elegant but basic, iText Express is much more functional than Text Edit. Ken.