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Dimartini Calculating status...
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Aug 11, 2012 6:12 PM

After I downloaded Lion I could not open any of my documents. I finally got my Microsoft docs to open with pages etc, but cannot open apple works docs. I really need that info. Anyone know how to open them?

iMac (20-inch Mid 2007), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Aug 11, 2012 6:16 PM (in response to Dimartini)

    Not sure there is any program available today to open any document file created with such an old Apple program.

     

    You would think Apple would include some type of conversion utility but to my knowledge they haven't and more then likely never will.

     

    You might want to do a Google search on "Convert Appleworks file to new format" or something like that.

     

    Good Luck.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,660 points)
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    Aug 11, 2012 6:22 PM (in response to Shootist007)

    The iWork applications will open AppleWorks 6 word processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

     

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    Aug 24, 2012 3:55 AM (in response to Dimartini)

    I've now inherited the same problem on my MacBook, after re-installing Snow Leopard. Every time I open an Appleworks file, the program crashes.  Previously, before a system crash, Appleworks 6 was working OK, although very slowly (it works much better with the same system on my wife's MacAir - figure that).  I have all my family history files in Appleworks 6 - the family history goes back a thousand years and the project goes back 30 years but the software is obsolete after ten.  Really great!!!  It's not good enough to make remarks about 'old software' as someone in this thread did, as if we're the negligent ones - we're just the victims  What are we supposed to do - change hundreds of files every ten years, just because the manufacturer who you've supported so loyally for decades has refused to provide a solution?  I'm very unhappy about this but at least it's a stimulus to get on and finish my project and make printed books rather than relying on computer software, which is very much a double-edged sword.

    By the way, someone suggested I use iWorks, as they did to you, and after a very frustrating morning I couldn't get the result you/I want.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Aug 24, 2012 3:40 PM (in response to Dimartini)

    Then, restore you previously good Snow Leopard backup./clone or Time Machine backup, boot into it, reopen and resave those AW docs with the 6.2.9 AW version, boot back into the Lion volume and see if the iWorks apps can open them. Works here.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Aug 26, 2012 10:54 AM (in response to Dimartini)

    Boot, which means restart, with a disk/volume/partition that contains Snow Leopard or earlier OS.

    Open the AW files with AW 6.9.2, resave them, and copy them to your Lion volume.

    Open the newly saved files with the appropriate iWork.

     

    I can't make it any simpler than that.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • kerville Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 26, 2012 1:18 PM (in response to baltwo)

    And if I have AW 6.2.9, not 6.9.2 ??

     

    (Not trying to be a smartie, and do appreciate your attempt to help)

     

    While we're at it, is it possible to just get the word processing unit of iWorks?  I tried, but couldn't.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Aug 26, 2012 1:49 PM (in response to kerville)

    Sorry for the fat-fingering error. I originally posted 6.2.9, but tried to simplify things for you. AFAIK, you can only get iWorks. See http://www.apple.com/iwork/ for details.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • RandyStro Calculating status...
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    Aug 27, 2012 11:23 AM (in response to Dimartini)

    I found a simple solution online at MacWorld, something called TextWrangler.  Downloaded it and it at least opens up word processing, as simple text and some code garble.  Here's a link to the article where I read about it with instructions. http://www.macworld.com/article/1166370/open_old_docs.html

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Aug 27, 2012 1:02 PM (in response to Dimartini)

    If you're able to boot with the SL install disc (there's none for Lion, but you should have save the installer app before installing it) and run AW, then open those files and resave them. Then, when you boot back into Lion, iWork apps should be able to open them.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
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