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329 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2013 8:08 PM by MlchaelLAX RSS
Stuart Hotchkiss Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Feb 13, 2013 2:27 PM

I am using Snow Leopard, OS X 10.6.8.  I have a number of Appleworks 5 text files that I want to convert to MS Word or Pages and retain the page formats.  I have read that I can use Rosetta to do this, so I selected Optional Installs on the Snow Leopard disc (OS X 10.6.3), selected Rosetta and installed it on my hard drive. However, I do not know where it is located, and doing a search of the computer (Cmd-f) it is not found.  I installed it again with the same result.  What do you think is the problem?  And if there is a way to use Rosetta to convert the files, how would I do it?  Would I open the Appleworks file with Rosetta?  Will it work with Appleworks v5?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,260 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 2:30 PM (in response to Stuart Hotchkiss)

    Rosetta is a translator which is installed and runs in the background; you still need an application capable of reading those documents, such as AppleWorks 6. If they're plain text files, just about any word processor should be able to open them.

     

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  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,260 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 2:49 PM (in response to Stuart Hotchkiss)

    No, it isn't; Rosetta simply enables PowerPC code to be run on Intel Macs. It doesn't directly open anything.

     

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  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)
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    Feb 13, 2013 4:31 PM (in response to Stuart Hotchkiss)

    If you have Rosetta installed, you can run Appleworks 6.2.9:

     

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    (ignore the fact that Snow Leopard is running in Parallels in the photo for your purposes)

     

    Also, consult Roger Wilmut’s excellent article, Abandoning Appleworks for alternative programs that can work with Appleworks files.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,450 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 9:14 AM (in response to Stuart Hotchkiss)

    AppleWorks 6 can still be purchased. As MlchaelLAX noted, version 5 should run in Snow Leopard as is. Where you may have gotten caught is that Rosetta is not installed by default with Snow Leopard. You have to turn that option on when installing it. You can still install it after the fact by putting the Snow Leopard disk in the drive and launching the optional software installer. Then there would be no need to convert any of your files.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,260 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to Kurt Lang)

    AppleWorks 5 is a Classic application and can't be run in Snow Leopard.

     

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  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,450 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 10:02 AM (in response to Niel)

    AppleWorks 5 is a Classic application and can't be run in Snow Leopard.

    Ah, so it's an OS 9 or earlier app. Then it's back to the original suggestion as the easiest solution. Get a copy of AppleWorks 6.2.9. That of course isn't a great solution either since any OS upgrade after Snow Leopard will kill that software, too.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,530 points)
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    Feb 19, 2013 8:08 PM (in response to Stuart Hotchkiss)

    Roger Wilmut has confirmed for me that Appleworks 6 will open Appleworks 5 files, but then will be saved in "6" format and can no longer be opened in 5.

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