11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 17, 2009 6:38 AM by wmowbray
powerbook1701 Level 3 Level 3 (555 points)
Will Pages open the old WriteNow3 file format? If no, what will on a Mac now days?

MacBook Pro 15" 2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Early 2008) 4GB Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (32,840 points)
    This may give you a little more information:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=7696929

    Try *MacLinkPlus Deluxe*: http://www.dataviz.com/products/maclinkplus/

    This is a general file conversion utility and used to come free with AppleWorks, so my only contact with it is when I open documents in AppleWorks. I don't have any WriteNow documents to test but it does list WriteNow v3 & v4 as read only which is what you want.
  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,790 points)
    Have you tried to drag & drop such a document onto TextEdit's icon ?

    My guess is that you will get the row text plus a lot of 'garbage'.

    Yvan KOENIG (from FRANCE mardi 6 janvier 2009 11:42:03)
  • wmowbray Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    My guess would be as Peter suggested MacLinkPlus Deluxe is probably your best shot. Have used it over 10 years. Handy little program.
    Just drag a WriteNow file to the alias icon of MacLink, Open, Convert and Choose what format you want MacLink to open it in. Save it. Text would probably be the best format even though you may loose some formating in the process.
    I have even used it to open some pesky .jpg files sent to me that for whatever reason wouldn't open with a standard photo editing program.
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    MacLink Plus Deluxe is the answer, as others have posted above. Use it to convert your WriteNow files to a format that Pages can open directly, such as Word 97 Document, and you'll then be able to handle them in Pages with all or nearly all of their original formatting intact.

    I bought WriteNow when it was first released and still use it occasionally on my older Macs that can run Classic. It's one of the greatest Mac applications ever, with 98% of the features that 95% of all word-processing users ever need, in a tiny package that fit on an 800K floppy disk along with its dictionaries and thesaurus and room to spare. Remarkable.
  • wmowbray Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Ditto on that eww. WriteNow was indeed a wonderful word processor. Written for how a word processor should perform. Even MS Word 5.1 back in those days was a good word processor (and one I still use) but a little more bloated than necessary.
    Most word processors today try to do everything except what their name implies. It all started with Word 6. All downhill since then.
  • powerbook1701 Level 3 Level 3 (555 points)
    I did find out that MS Word 2008 with "recover any text" option will get the text plus odd formatting characters.
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Yes, if you don't mind losing all the formatting in your WriteNow documents, you can open them and read the text in them using Word or any of several text processors. Stripping all the garbage out can be pretty tedious, but if you don't mind that, you can save the cost of MacLink Plus. I had assumed that you wanted to keep the files' formatting intact.
  • powerbook1701 Level 3 Level 3 (555 points)
    it would be nice, but at least I can get at the info..
  • GregWormald Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    A solution!!!! HOORAY!!!
    Get a copy of COI 4.0.1.
    Put all your data and applications on a virtual CD and mount it on your desktop.
    Put the .dmg file for the size of HD you want into your /users/shared folder.
    Open COI.
    Transfer docs and apps into the HD on the System 9 desktop.
    Use as System 9.
    Open document, save as: MSWord type. Transfer manually to "Unix" directory.
    It is now in your /users/shared folder.
    I just got this working today to convert some old docs.
    Greg
  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,790 points)
    What is COI ?

    Yvan KOENIG (from FRANCE samedi 14 février 2009 20:40:03)
  • wmowbray Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    Yvan: Think he is referring to Sheepshaver which has what is referred to as Classic on Intel. Personally I would not go that route for several reasons one of which questionable legality.