4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 8, 2010 11:37 PM by Roger Wilmut1
legolas-woodelf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
OK, it looks like I'm going to have to upgrade my 17" iMac to 10.5.x. My question is this:

I have some very important database documents which I still use and edit regularly and which I created way back in ClarisWorks 2. My AppleWorks 6.2.9 works fine with these documents under my current OS 10.3.9 (though it insists on adding the .cwk suffix to the filename).

I gather that if I upgrade to OS-X 10.5 that AppleWorks will still work OK using Rosetta. BUT ... will it be able to cope with a database document originlly created in ClarisWorks 2? I've obviously re-saved these databases as AppleWorks documents, but the .cwk thing along with various confusing web reports are making me nervous.

Any thoughts or advice gratefully received.

Message was edited by: legolas-woodelf

17' iMac 1.25Ghz, Mac OS X (10.3.x)
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (69,535 points)
    A database saved as an AppleWorks 6 document will run fine in AW6 under Leopard or Snow Leopard (though a Clarisworks 2 file won't). It's advisable to add the .cwk extension in Snow Leopard (possibly also in Leopard) as although AW itself will open them perfectly well without, double-clicking in the Finder will try to open them as 'Unix executable files' - adding the .cwk allows you to open them in AW from the Finder.
  • legolas-woodelf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Many thanks Roger.

    And forgive my ignorance, but what about things like iLife?

    I have the following versions:

    iMovie 4.0.1
    iTunes 7.0.2
    iPhoto 4.0.3

    Will these versions all work with 10.5.x or will I need to start re-buying those too?

    Sorry if I seem paranoid - cash is particularly tight just now and I don't want to get sucked into a costly upgrade spiral.
  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,505 points)
    I have been able to open ClarisWorks 2 files in AppleWorks 6 & resave them. The problem is that AppleWorks 6.2.9 can't open all ClarisWorks 4 or earlier files, it gives an I/O error. For that reason I keep a copy of AppleWorks 6.2.4 to use when needed. I just make sure they are not both running at the same time.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (69,535 points)
    I can't answer for iMovie and iPhoto that old: you could try asking in their respective forums. iTunes is free, so no problem there.