You might be able to export MacWrite II files to ClarisWorks/AppleWorks file format, or some other text format (RTF or .doc?) then import those into Pages on Snow Leopard.
Adobe InDesign CSx can import Pagemaker 6.5x-7.x and possibly higher.
You can open old Illustrator documents in current versions of Illustrator; you must save (or export) Freehand files in .eps format, after which you can open them in Illustrator.
If you want a copy of MacLinkPlus Deluxe for your vintage Mac, you can still get it. There's one available on eBay right now. In short, there's no need to convert everything to PDF.
Appleworks 6.2.9 still runs in Snow Leopard.
Converting to PDF is fine if you intend to just read/view the files afterwards. PDF is not a format that lends itself to later edtiing. You also have the problem of finding a way to convert files to PDF while running 8.6. Built-in printing to PDF didn't come until OS X.
You also have the problem of finding a way to convert files to PDF while running 8.6. Built-in printing to PDF didn't come until OS X.
PrintToPDF "should work" in OS8 if the PDF route is required.
Many thanks to you all for your answers and help. This gives me a great start and will set about trying the
importation process before assuming it all has to be .pdf. Granted most of this is to be saved primarily for
the content, more than being able to manipulate the original formatting or layout work but hey, if much of it
can be saved in its native application or keep it original formatting so much the better.
Guess i do have to think about whether it's important enough to buy a copy of Adobe InDesign vs just .pdf'ing the stuff. Thanks again