3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 23, 2012 12:00 PM by MlchaelLAX
woolybabble Level 1 (0 points)

I upgraded my Mac Pro to Lion in order to transfer from MobilMe to iCloud, not realizing all my pc-pwered software would not be accessible or readable.  Since I have several worksheets in Excel and Power Point, and other programs that use pc-pwered geneology software, I need to access them.  I am willing to buy Intel-powered software for the future but need to meanwhile access the old programs.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    You can't as Lion does not support older PowerPC programs that in older version of OS X, Snow Leopard, used Rosetta to run them. Rosetta is not supported in Lion.

  • Tom in London Level 4 (1,610 points)

    Yes- this is a real bummer and has caught out many others. although the Apple fanboys will tell you (unhelpfully) that you "should have known".


    At this point your options would be


    1. Assuming you have a clone of your old system, go back to Snow Leopard

    2. Buy MSOffice 2011 for Mac

    3. Buy iWork, which should be able to open your Excel and PPT files although this may be a bit dicey

    4. Download LIbreOffice - which is free and is quite happy opening MS Office files including Excel and PowerPoint. This is probably your best option.


    I hope this helps.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 (2,022 points)

    I felt your pain when I purchased the mid-2011 Mac Mini to replace a dead iMac G5 last year, without doing my normal due diligence on Lion.


    Like others I had the need to continue to access my finances in Quicken Deluxe 2002 (since rendered moot by Intuit's decision to release Quicken 2007 for Lion) as well as certain Excel 2004 charts that get trashed when opened in Excel 2011.


    Since necessity is indeed the mother of invention, I worked out this solution: I installed Snow Leopard (with Rosetta) into Parallels 7 in Lion:



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    Full Snow Leopard installation instructions are available here: