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Finding files made by old AppleWorks that Pages can't open

932 Views 15 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2012 12:23 PM by MlchaelLAX RSS
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peterlemer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 1, 2012 5:36 AM

How can I locate these files so I can update them?

I can't upgrade to Lion until this is done.


The only way to upgrade them is to open them In Appleworks and save them.

Thus saved, Pages will open them in Snow Leopard and Lion.


But if I wait till upgrading to Lion, I can't run Appleworks as it is a PPC/Rosetta application.





Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 2.4 Gz 8-core
  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,730 points)

    The AW files have the file extension .cwk. You can search for those.

  • Dale Gillard Level 5 Level 5 (4,365 points)

    How can I locate these files so I can update them?


    I've written a a small program called Sidekick that will help you with this. One of the program's free features is "Compress AppleWorks". This feature was designed to help move AppleWorks from one Mac to another. It compresses (zips) AppleWorks and importantly, will display a Finder window listing all AppleWorks documents on your Mac.



    If you want to do the search yourself, create a Smart Folder from the Finder and configure it to search whatever drive you want where the Kind is "".

  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,085 points)

    Take a look at the AppleScripts Yvan Koenig has written. You'll find them on his iDisk. You'll find several scripts for AppleWorks in Scripts_for_AppleWorks, especially You'll also find batch conversion scripts for AppleWorks files for each of the iWork apps in the For_iWork folder.



  • Dale Gillard Level 5 Level 5 (4,365 points)

    Hi Dale - I downloaded Sidekick and launched it, I got a brief window with instructions but it closed quickly and I can't see Sidekick anywhere, although Activity Monitor says that it's running. It isn't in my dock.


    It won't appear in the Dock. Sidekick's a menu bar application that only displays an (AppleWorks) icon in your Mac's menu bar.


    What should happen is that you click the AppleWorks icon in the menu bar, click Compress AppleWorks and this zips AppleWorks and opens a Finder window listing all your AppleWorks documents.

  • Dale Gillard Level 5 Level 5 (4,365 points)

    great! I get 3,697 items which comprise the following species:

    o   AW docs that open in Pages

    o   AW spreadsheets that open in Numbers

    o   AW docs that don't open in Pages

    o   AW spreadsheets that don't open in Numbers.

    these last 2 will never open in Lion/Mountain Lion unless I can convert them while still in Snow Leopard.


    I don't follow what you're saying. All AppleWorks 6 WP and SS documents will open in Pages and Numbers. Do you mean that you have AppleWorks document created by AppleWorks 5 that won't open in iWork?


    If so, there's no way to differentiate an AW 6 document from an AW 5 document. All I can suggest is trying to limit how many documents you need to check by limiting the Smart Folder you created earlier by date.


    AppleWorks 6 was released early 2000 (May?). So if you create a Smart Folder that searches for a Kind of "" and a Created Date before 1 July 2000 then this should list all AppleWorks 5 documents. Granted, you will have opened some of them since then, but this should greatly reduce the number (hopefully!)

  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,085 points)

    Take a look at Yvan's scripts in his account. He moved most of his file to with the demise of iDisk. The first one in the "For_iWork" folder is a batch converter to go from AppleWorks to iWork so I'd start with that one. Then take a look a the other scripts in that folder as well as any other folders.



  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,550 points)

    Continue to run AppleWorks 6 in Snow Leopard (with Rosetta) installed into Parallels:



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    And then you can take your time converting these files...


    Full Snow Leopard installation into Parallels instructions:


  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,730 points)

    If you havn't installed Mountain Lion yet you can partition your hard disk and have ML on one partition and Snow Leopard on the other. I used iPartition which I bought when there was an earlier major system upgrade.

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