10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 31, 2013 1:14 PM by Barry
Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,139 points)

The iWork '09 versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote have now been replaced in the Mac App Store by new versions requiring Mavericks: the older versions are no longer listed.


I would be grateful if anyone in a position to do so could test whether these will still open the relevant AppleWorks documents - it wouldn't surprise me to find that the facility has been withdrawn - so that I can keep my 'Abandoning Appleworks' pages up to date.


As it is, it appears that Pages won't even open some pages '09 documents properly...


Here is a basic Word Processing document:



24 inch iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 13 inch Macbook Pro (10.6.8)
  • fosnola Level 1 (100 points)


    I just test with Pages version 5.0 (1465) and I have had no success, it simply does not propose to open the document...



    - after adding extension .cwk, still it does not propose to open it,

    - after adding extension .pages, it tries to open it but then it displays an error message,

    - the installation of the new iWork keeps intact "/Applications/iWork 09", so I test with Pages v4.0 which continues to open it...

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,139 points)

    Thank you. I think we can safely assume than Numbers and Keynote won't open AW documents either. This would be in line with Apple's 'forward-thinking' policies.

  • fosnola Level 1 (100 points)


    I just try with the new version of Numbers and KeyNote and I can not open any .cwk documents....


    Note: the Pages v5 help seems accessible at http://help.apple.com/pages/mac/5.0/ :


    Create or open a document


    Pages comes with Apple-designed templates to help you create your document. After you choose a template, you can add your own content using coordinated fonts, colours and shapes.



    You can also use Pages to open and edit documents created with Pages and Word, or in plain text format (.txt).

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,139 points)

    Thank you - I imagined this would be the case but it's useful to have confirmation. I suppose the thinking is that the older version of Pages has been out long enough for AW users to convert.

  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 (41,210 points)

    But not for me.


    This is hugely discouraging.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,139 points)

    Fortunately updating to Mavericks doesn't disable the older versions of iWorks, which is just as well as people are complaining that the new versions make a mess of some of their documents created in the older versions. So far we can just go on using the old versions - but how long that will apply for is anyone's guess. I shan't be pleased if I have to convert all my documents to something else all over again.


    It really is quite extraordinary that nowadays upgrades to systems, programs and hardware from Apple always means losing existing facilities.

  • kiwiiano Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm very disappointed that Apple have abandoned AppleWorks. I have thousands of legacy documents that I can't afford to lose and am having to keep an elderly iMac chugging along on Snow Leopard to retain access to them. I don't think I've ever had even a simple WP doc (let alone a SS) that iWork 09 will open. Whoops! Tell a lie, I just checked back through the archives and a single simple WP, that could have been saved as a RTF, opened in Pages. All docs defaulted to Keynote but it had no better performance.


    I have found that TextEdit will open AW WP dox. They're a nightmare of code, sample:


    [Tt;«4<   2¢åO ÌbGóˇ+ ˙–∆: ÎΩÙ‰+ˇ≤üœ≥øB˚Eɱ 'Û |ï€ ”I¸:<DÓm\ +»%• 5u5ÒK)v@£™Ë ê
    (KP)Õ<ê%Ã'U¶A˜åÏ∏˛ìƒ>*•J˝&aÍÉfijYR1å0ˇx?5o Ï^õfiˇ


    but buried deep inside you may find at least simple version of your original, sample:


    2 _ ¿¸¯ _ ı ¿˚X T € ¿˚| / æ ¿˚Ñ

    Ì ∑ ¿˚∏ _M a k e s   2   s m a l l   p u d d i n g s .   T h e   p u d d i n g   c a n   b e   m a d e   u p   t o   t h r e e 

    m o n t h s   a h e a d   a n d   k e p t   r e f r i g e r a t e d   o r   m a d e   u p   t o   o n e   y e a r   a h e a d 


    They are littered with unnecessary spaces and random characters but Bean's Find&Replace quickly cleared those.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 (75,139 points)

    Pages '09 will open fairly complex Word Processing documents - this is a very complicated document I converted from AW Draw by copying into an AW Word Processing document then opening that in Pages (this is just one out of four similar pages):




    although it did require the odd tweak, it was mostly converted well. I've found other documents transferred well, and several spreadsheets went into Numbers without problems (though there are one or two functions which are not present in Numbers). However nothing will open an Appleworks database.


    And as we've discussed, the new versions won't open AW at all, and has problems with many iWork '09 documents.

  • fosnola Level 1 (100 points)

    Hello Kiwiiano,

    even if the extension cwk is associated to Keynote, you can use the finder menu "Open with" to try to open a word processing document with Pages :-)



    for word processing cwk documents, if you can not open them with Pages v4 (the best solution) , you can also try to open them with the latest version of LibreOffice, normally, it will be able to retrieve the content with most formattings....

  • Barry Level 7 (29,990 points)

    Hi Kiwilno,


    The 'random characters' appearing within the plain text are formatting characters, used by AppleWorks to determine which fon to use, what size, whether the following text should be bold, italic or underlined, etc. TextEdit (and other text editors) don't read these as control signals, and simply show the character if it is displayable, or as a space if it is not defined (as a displayable character) in the basic font.


    Regarding .cwk files opening Keynote by default, this is probably the least useful setting, as Keynote will open only AppleWorks Presentation files—and there aren't a lot of those in existence for most AW users. Ushe Get Info on any .cwk file to select either Pages '09 or Numbers '09, depending whether you have more WP or SS files, then click the Change All button to associate all .cwk files to the iWork application you chose.


    Or, if you have the most current version of LibreOffice, associate the .cwk files to that application.