8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 4, 2012 11:27 PM by Roger Wilmut1
Agoura Jim Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I just tried to open some appleworks files and I come to find out that I can't use Appleworks because Power PC apps are no longer supported.

Is there a way to open these documents?

 

Thanks,

 

Jim


Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6), Two 27" Apple LED Displays
  • 1. Re: appleworks 6 doesn't work
    Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (226,690 points)

    Users have reported success using Pages for documents and Numbers for spreadsheets. I have yet to see a solution for database files that doesn't require using AppleWorks on a supported platform in order to export the database files to CVS or tab-delimited text files.

  • 2. Re: appleworks 6 doesn't work
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,485 points)

    I assume that despite what your signature says you are running Lion, since AppleWorks will run fine on 10.6.8.

     

    • Word Processing documents can be opened directly only in Pages (AppleWorks 6 only).
    • Draw Documents can be opened directly only in EazyDraw (the more expensive version from their website, not the cheaper one from the Mac App Store, and you will need v4.0 'Retro' not the most recent version) or Intaglio (though this appears not to be able to handle very complex drawings).
    • Spreadsheets can be opened directly only in Numbers.
    • Presentations can be opened directly only in Keynote.

     

    As Kappy says, nothing will open Database or Paint Documents.

  • 3. Re: appleworks 6 doesn't work
    MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)

    Another option is simply to continue to use Appleworks 6 in Snow Leopard (with Rosetta) installed into Parallels:

     

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    Full Snow Leopard installation instructions are here:

     

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1365439

  • 4. Re: appleworks 6 doesn't work
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    Parallels is not needed. You can partition the HD and have Snow Leopard on one partition and Mountain Lion on the other.

  • 5. Re: appleworks 6 doesn't work
    Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,230 points)

    There are several options & what is best depends on the hardware & software you have & how you use AppleWorks.

     

    1. Keep an older Mac running Snow Leopard or earlier & use that for AppleWorks & other PPC software as needed. Or, as I do, access the other Mac remotely via screen sharing. I have an Intel Mac mini with Snow Leopard & a G5 iMac with Tiger that I can screen share from my iMac running Mountain Lion.

     

    2. Install AppleWorks 6.2.2 for Windows in CrossOver or a virtual PC such as Parallels. Virtual PCs require having a copy of Windows, CrossOver does not.

     

    3. As fruhulda mentioned, create a separate partition for Snow Leopard & boot into that as needed. You could use an external hard drive rather than a separate parition. Of course, this only works if your Mac can run Snow Leopard & does involve restarting.

     

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  • 6. Re: appleworks 6 doesn't work
    Thebestplacehere Level 3 Level 3 (705 points)

    Lol.

  • 7. Re: appleworks 6 doesn't work
    Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,230 points)

    What's funny?

  • 8. Re: appleworks 6 doesn't work
    Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (65,485 points)

    He is, but it's 'funny peculiar' not 'funny ha-ha'.