Previous 1 2 Next 17 Replies Latest reply: Apr 15, 2012 3:41 AM by fruhulda
Tom Kirkman Level 3 (800 points)

After succesfully using AW (6.2.9) for years, it suddenly quit and crashes each time I try to reopen it.


I trashed it. Then tried to reinstall it from the original CD. The installer quits and crashes each time I attempt to run it.


Nothing on my computer has changed (10.6.8) recently.


I do not understand why Appleworks suddenly went haywire, even the copy on the CD. Any ideas? Thanks.

2009 iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Peggy Level 8 (38,635 points)

    Reinstalling will rarely fix problems. When an application stops working as it should, it's likely due to corrupt preferences. You can use the reset function of Dale Gillard's Sidekick.



  • Tom Kirkman Level 3 (800 points)

    Perhaps. My problem now is that I'm unable to install it. The installer keeps crashing and quitting. So Appleworks is gone from my computer. Any ideas how to reinstall it?

  • edsnell Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem with pages and numbers. In addition I have the same problem with excel and word! I have tried deleting preferances with no luck.


    All programs work in another user on the same computer.


    The problem is also dicussed without a solution on the microsoft support site.

  • fruhulda Level 6 (15,120 points)

    edsnell - if you have problems with pages and numbers post in the corresponding forums.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,149 points)

    Tom: run the cleanup script anyway. Trashing Appleworks didn't trash the preferences, which might be the cause of your problem.

  • Tom Kirkman Level 3 (800 points)
    Thanks. I have since trashed the preferences. But the installer continues to quit/crash upon each attempt to run it.
    I have a very bad feeling that while Appleworks may run on a computer with OSX 10.6.8, it can't be installed on a computer running OSX 10.6.8. I'd rather not wipe my mac clean, install an older version of OSX, reinstall AW, and then upgrade back to 10.6.8. Thus I am faced with perhaps having lost Appleworks forever. I think.
    In that case, what would be a good program for opening and using databases created in Appleworks?
  • Tom Kirkman Level 3 (800 points)

    PS  I cannot run the clean up script as it requires that Appleworks be installed on the computer. AW is no longer on the computer.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,149 points)

    I can't see any reason why the installer shouldn't run on Snow Leopard, though I've never tried it - certainly my AW runs OK - except that I seem to remember that there was an oddity about the installer in one version, possibly though AW is PPC the installer may have been Classic (in which case you're stuffed).


    I'm afraid I have to tell you that nothing will open AppleWorks databases - you can only migrate them by exporting as ASCII text from AppleWorks.

  • Tom Kirkman Level 3 (800 points)

    I think you're correct. While you can install AW on earlier versions of OSX, and AW will run fine on a system upgraded to 10.6.8, you can't do an original install of AW on 10.6.8. At least that's my assumption at this point.


    So, anyone have a good idea for a database type software for mailing lists?

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,149 points)

    The thing about mailing lists is you need to make sure it can print your envelopes properly. I'm not sure whether Bento can do this - it's the easiest to use, and the cheapest, option, but it's also very limited. It does integrate well with Address Book. There's a free trial available.


    The other main option is FileMaker Pro but it's expensive, very powerful and has a steep learning curve (though in many ways it's like the AW database). It's really overkill for what you want.

  • Tom Kirkman Level 3 (800 points)

    I won't be printing any envelopes, just managing a 15,000 person mailing list for a publication.


    I would appreciate hearing from anyone that has attempted to install AW on Snow Leopard. Thanks.

  • Wippitwalker Level 1 (5 points)

    I have the same problem. Is there no way to re-install AW on Snow Leopard? I have several Paint pages that I need access to because even if I transferred all my WP documents to Pages I will not be able to edit them using the Paint illustrations that I integrate into them, neither will I be able to write new ones.


    I have not updated anything on my Mac because I dIdn't want to lose AW & its ease of integrating documents -AW just quit unexpectedly.

  • George3hb Level 1 (5 points)

    A suggestion for mailing lists:

    I have used Panorama, from It runs in RAM and is faster than any printer I've ever seen. I sorts in the blink of an eye.

    Should be great for a small mailing list like yours. I had a 30,000 address database with ten contacts per address, and it was solid and very reliable and fast. Check it out. Good demos on the website. Although I have not used it in over thirteen years, it appears to be as good as ever.



  • fruhulda Level 6 (15,120 points)

    Can it add a AW database?

Previous 1 2 Next