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SusiSOS Level 1 (0 points)

I have a lot of databases and documents in Appleworks. How can I access them if I upgrade to Maverick?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • hands4 Level 4 (2,220 points)

    As of Lion (10.7) the PowerPC compatibility "Rosetta" utility is no longer supported by Apple.  So PowerPC programs such as AppleWorks no longer work.

     

    You can run Snow Leopard (10.6) on an external drive or on a partition on your internal drive to continue running PowerPC programs under the Rosetta utility.  Using the Startup Manager http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1310 you would boot Snow Leopard to run the PowerPC applications and then reboot a newer OS (10.7, 10.8 or 10.9) to run normally.

     

    If you will be using the PowerPC applications often and you want to run them on Snow Leopard at the same time you run a newer operating system, then you can use Parallels.  You need to call Apple to order it.  You need the Snow Leopard Server version to use it with Parallels.

     

    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). 

    Parallels ($80): http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 (2,027 points)

    The "dual-boot" method referenced in your second paragraph will only work if her MacBook Pro could initially boot from Snow Leopard.

  • hands4 Level 4 (2,220 points)

    Advice from another thread: 

    See Roger Wilmut’s article: Abandoning Appleworks:

    http://www.wilmut.webspace.virginmedia.com/notes/aw/page1.html

  • Michael Black Level 7 (20,416 points)

    I would suggest reading the link in hands4's post and take the time now to move to a permanent solution away from Appleworks.  It was deprecated a long time ago now, so if you insist on continuing to use, your problems over time will only get worse, not better.  Given enough time, even making the transition to something else will become problematic.  If your current system goes belly up in a year, or two, even if you have backups, finding a machine and an older copy of OS X for it, just to open those files could become a real headache.

     

    Your other option is to simply not upgrade to Mavericks and keep running what you have now.  But at some point, you are going to have to drop Appleworks and migrate those files to something else, if you want to upgrade hardware and OS at all.

  • a brody Level 9 (65,758 points)

    Export all the databases to tab delimited format and import them with Filemaker Pro.  You'll have to recreate any forms you developed.  Microsoft Access can also open that tab delimited format, but you'll have to virtualize Windows to do that.   See my tip for virtualizing Windows, as running Appleworks for Windows is a third option.

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,987 points)

    I believe (but have yet to check) that Libre Office can open Appleworks databases, might be worth trying that as it is free.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 (2,027 points)

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    I believe (but have yet to check) that Libre Office can open Appleworks databases, might be worth trying that as it is free.

    Wilmut's article suggests that no other program will open AppleWorks databases directly (and he ought to know!) 

     

    The only solutions are to:

     

    1)  Run Appleworks, EXPORT the data and IMPORT the data into a newly created database in another program.

     

    2) Continue to use Appleworks with one of the methods available to do so.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 (2,027 points)

    Michael Black wrote:

     

    Your other option is to simply not upgrade to Mavericks and keep running what you have now.  But at some point, you are going to have to drop Appleworks and migrate those files to something else, if you want to upgrade hardware and OS at all.

    Or continue to run Appleworks in Snow Leopard Server installed in Parallels.

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,987 points)

    As I said, yet to try it (no AW database to check it with)

     

    I assume that you have?

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 (2,027 points)

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    I assume that you have?

    Assume all you want: I neither want to waste mine nor the OP's time!

     

    If you like to waste your time, you can remove the "yet" and let us know your lack of progress (I'll send you a small database to experiment with)...

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,987 points)

    Insulting as ever Lax.

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 (2,027 points)

    If you are insulted by a fact-based response to your suggestion that you have neither attempted yourself (for whatever reason), nor researched its inability to work based upon the noted expert, Roger Wilmut's oft-quoted article on this subject, then I apologize.

     

    Most of us on the forum, would never suggest a solution that we had not attempted ourselves, or could link to others who have had success in doing so.  To do otherwise, is a poor decision to involve the OP in a waste of his time, especially after others have posted workable alternatives that do work!

     

    Reminds me of how you went about suggesting multiple times on this forum that Office 2008 would not install in Lion due to the lack of Rosetta, but later had to retract those suggestions with your tail between your legs...

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,987 points)

    Where is that database file you mentioned?

     

     

     

    If you like to waste your time, you can remove the "yet" and let us know your lack of progress (I'll send you a small database to experiment with)...

     

  • MlchaelLAX Level 4 (2,027 points)

    That offer was revoked when you posted your name calling reply (properly removed from the site)...

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