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donumregis Level 1 (0 points)

I have many Appleworks 6.2.3 documents created on an iMac OS 9.0.4.  I want to convert these files to Pages on my new MacBook Pro OS 10.8.3. so I can share the documents with newer computers that use Microsoft Word.  How do I do this?  Pages can't read my Appleworks documents.  When I try to open the older document with Pages, the window says, "The document “Name” couldn’t be opened."   These older documents show up on my new computer as Unix Executable Files. Any help would be appreciated.

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • KarenSelena Level 4 (1,960 points)

    AppleWorks 6 or higher spread sheets can be opened by Numbers 09, while the word processing ones, can be opened by Pages 09.  If the documents were created by an earlier version of AppleWorks, you would need to open them on a computer that still has AppleWorks on it.  Then you can copy the data to another format while on the other computer.


    - right click on the file / open with - select Pages.  Once it is opened via Pages - file / save.  This will create a .pages version of the document.


    Your AppleWorks files should have a file extension of .cwk.


    Here are some web sites that provide information about AppleWorks documents and their compatibility



    - AppleWorks Discussion Board -

  • donumregis Level 1 (0 points)

    Do you know how to change the extension from .cwk to .rtf for a whole folder of documents?  I can "save as" rtf for each document one at a time.  But I would like to convert a whole folder of 300 documents with less work on my part.   Thanks!

  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 (8,615 points)

    Changing the extension doesn't change the format.

  • donumregis Level 1 (0 points)

    My goal is to make hundreds of .cwk documents (created by Appleworks 6.2.3 on an iMac OS 9.0.4) readable and usuable on Microsoft Word on a new computer (windows os).  Originally, I wanted to use my MacBook Pro as a go between via Pages.  But, I found that I could "save as" the Appleworks documents as .rft (without using my macbook), which was readable and usuable on Word (on the new computer using windows).  So, now I want to "save as" all of my appleworks documents with the extension .rtf so they can all be used by Word, and do this conversion as a batch or all at once (so I do not need to "save as" the documents one by one).  Any help?  Thanks.

  • fruhulda Level 6 (15,120 points)

    Can't you save as Word in AppleWorks?

    I can't find the batch script that once was available. I have done similar saves one by one. I open some 20 or 30 documents and then I start saving. Finally it all gets done.

  • donumregis Level 1 (0 points)

    No, the AppleWorks doesn't give me the option to save in Word. It would be nice if it did.

  • Peggy Level 8 (38,635 points)

    If you have moved the AppleWorks Essentials folder, particularly the translators sub-folder, from the AppleWorks 6 folder in Applications you will lose the ability to save as other formats.


    Yvan Koenig has recently added all of his AppleWorks-related AppleScripts to his account.


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  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 (2,027 points)

    Appleworks 6.2.9 running in Snow Leopard Server installed into Parallels 8 for use in Lion or Mt. Lion:



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    Apple is now selling Snow Leopard Server for $19.99 + sales tax & shipping costs at 1.800.MYAPPLE (1.800.692.7753) - Apple Part Number: MC588Z/A (telephone orders only).

  • Bill Rising Level 2 (245 points)

    Thanks for pointing out that Snow Leopard Server is still for sale by phone. I went and got a copy today.


    One note, though. I'm pretty sure that running Snow Leopard Server in Parallels works only if the host computer is old enough to run Snow Leopard natively. [1] Since the OP's Mac came with Mt. Lion on it, it cannot run Snow Leopard Server, even under emulation.


    I'm sure you already know this; I'm posting it for others that stumble on this thread.



    [1] I vaguely remember this from when Lion came out. The sales rep told me as much before he would sell me the software (which was nice). I have not yet checked to be sure on my MBP mid 2012, which cannot run Snow Leopard in any form.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 (2,027 points)

    Bill Rising wrote:


    One note, though. I'm pretty sure that running Snow Leopard Server in Parallels works only if the host computer is old enough to run Snow Leopard natively. [1] Since the OP's Mac came with Mt. Lion on it, it cannot run Snow Leopard Server, even under emulation.

    This is incorrect information.


    The whole point of running Snow Leopard Server in Parallels is to regain access to Rosetta on modern day Macs that cannot natively boot Snow Leopard.


    For example, here is Leopard running in Parallels in Lion on my 2011 Mac Mini:


    Leopard in Parallels.png

                                  [click on image to enlarge]


    The Apple sales rep was possibly confusing the fact that you wanted to run Snow Leopard Server natively; which of course would require a Mac that could boot Snow Leopard.  In my experiences of many times calling to purchase SLS, the sales rep knows less about the product than I do...

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 (34,587 points)

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  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 (2,027 points)

    I realized that my original statement was broader than I intended it to be; and hence potentially demeaned those hard working telephone sales reps much more than I intended, after the 15 minute period to edit my post had expired.


    What I meant to say is that I know much more about the use of Snow Leopard Server for my purposes than does the Sales Rep:


    Use of Snow Leopard Server installed into Parallels so as to regain access to Rosetta in Lion or Mt. Lion to run PowerPC apps.


    They probably know much more about its Server functionality as I do; because I almost completely ignore these capabilities and remove their apps from the Dock, so as to not be confused by them.

  • Bill Rising Level 2 (245 points)

    All the better then....


    Sorry for parroting the sales rep before testing.

  • Xpressanny Level 1 (0 points)

    I can hear you say that none of the usual ideas for converting your AppleWorks files into Pages. What now? Have a go at this. Works for me!!!


    If like moi, you get a message saying:


          The document was created with an unsupported version of AppleWorks.


    Don't panic!


    I found this the easiest thing to do and it really does work!!!


    Click on appleworks folder but do not open just yet!


    You should see a folder with options Top one will say Open but ignore this one


    Next one down should say: Open with


    Go to the bottom option: Finder logo should be jumping up and down!


    Click on finder: Finder should open up


    IGNORE: IWorks and pages: Go straight down Text Edit


    Click: Open


    Your file will open up in: Text Edit


    IMPORTANT: You will see a lot of gobbledegook when you open up and you may think that the conversion has happened but don't panic just scroll down and you will find your programme in full!!! Cut and paste into Pages and voila!!!


    I really hope this helps.



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