10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2013 8:08 PM by MlchaelLAX
Stuart Hotchkiss Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

I am using Snow Leopard, OS X 10.6.8.  I have a number of Appleworks 5 text files that I want to convert to MS Word or Pages and retain the page formats.  I have read that I can use Rosetta to do this, so I selected Optional Installs on the Snow Leopard disc (OS X 10.6.3), selected Rosetta and installed it on my hard drive. However, I do not know where it is located, and doing a search of the computer (Cmd-f) it is not found.  I installed it again with the same result.  What do you think is the problem?  And if there is a way to use Rosetta to convert the files, how would I do it?  Would I open the Appleworks file with Rosetta?  Will it work with Appleworks v5?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1. Re: appleworks
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (242,000 points)

    Rosetta is a translator which is installed and runs in the background; you still need an application capable of reading those documents, such as AppleWorks 6. If they're plain text files, just about any word processor should be able to open them.

     

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  • 2. Re: appleworks
    Stuart Hotchkiss Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you - that may be a good start.  I can open the file in Word - "Recover Text from Any File", but the format of the document is missing (e.g. tabs are not there).  Is Rosetta involved?

  • 3. Re: appleworks
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (242,000 points)

    No, it isn't; Rosetta simply enables PowerPC code to be run on Intel Macs. It doesn't directly open anything.

     

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  • 4. Re: appleworks
    Stuart Hotchkiss Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    OK.  I will ignore Rosetta.  But is there something else I can do to to get a better presentation of my original Appleworks document, or will I need to edit each of the documents (I have moe than 100...)?

  • 5. Re: appleworks
    MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)

    If you have Rosetta installed, you can run Appleworks 6.2.9:

     

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    (ignore the fact that Snow Leopard is running in Parallels in the photo for your purposes)

     

    Also, consult Roger Wilmut’s excellent article, Abandoning Appleworks for alternative programs that can work with Appleworks files.

  • 6. Re: appleworks
    Stuart Hotchkiss Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thank you Michael and Niel.  "Abandoning Appleworks" pretty much put it in perspective.  I have Appleworks 5, not 6, so I think there is no simple solution.  Also, I upgraded Snow Leopard 10.6.3 to 10.6.8 and that probably didn't help.  My only solution is to put all the Appleworks 5 files on a flash drive and convert them on my wife's computer that has OS 9.  I'm at least grateful that I can convert the files to alternative software that I can run!

  • 7. Re: appleworks
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,995 points)

    AppleWorks 6 can still be purchased. As MlchaelLAX noted, version 5 should run in Snow Leopard as is. Where you may have gotten caught is that Rosetta is not installed by default with Snow Leopard. You have to turn that option on when installing it. You can still install it after the fact by putting the Snow Leopard disk in the drive and launching the optional software installer. Then there would be no need to convert any of your files.

  • 8. Re: appleworks
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (242,000 points)

    AppleWorks 5 is a Classic application and can't be run in Snow Leopard.

     

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  • 9. Re: appleworks
    Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,995 points)

    AppleWorks 5 is a Classic application and can't be run in Snow Leopard.

    Ah, so it's an OS 9 or earlier app. Then it's back to the original suggestion as the easiest solution. Get a copy of AppleWorks 6.2.9. That of course isn't a great solution either since any OS upgrade after Snow Leopard will kill that software, too.

  • 10. Re: appleworks
    MlchaelLAX Level 4 Level 4 (1,745 points)

    Roger Wilmut has confirmed for me that Appleworks 6 will open Appleworks 5 files, but then will be saved in "6" format and can no longer be opened in 5.