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unixnerd09 Level 1 (0 points)

I have ML/iWork 09 and I am installing Mavericks.  What's the best way to keep files associated with iWork 09?


The apps are in the /Applications/iWork09 so hopefully Mavericks will not overwrite them.  My plan is to either


1. After installing Mavericks, go to a pages file and enter the full path to iWork09/ plus "change all"


2. Rename iWork09/ -> iWork09/ and repeat 1.


I had similar problems with iLife when upgrading from Snow Leopard to Lion (if I remeber correctly).  Turned out iPhoto09 and iPhoto11 easily coexisted but not the iMovies.  I could never use iMovie09 again. That's because of some details (app sigantures of imovie apps were identical I think).


Back to the new iWork, any suggestions?


Thanks in advance.

  • unixnerd09 Level 1 (0 points)

    I mean


    1. After installing Mavericks, go to a pages file, hit "get info", go to "open with", and enter the full path to iWork09/ plus "change all"

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 (34,587 points)

    That doesn't work, probably because all versions use the same extension: .pages.


    Best to Archive the version you don't want to open, I've suggested as a .dmg file, and only open it when needed.


    Do you kow what you are heading into with Pages 5?


    Why do you want it?



  • unixnerd09 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for replying. 

    I just want to install Mavericks, I don't want the new (dumbed down) iWork, and don't want to cripple my files.


    Why would't it work? It's the standard way to change file asociation, explicitly associate all pages file with the old before I do anything.  Then the new will not open by default anything.


    I was just wondering if it maks sense to rename the old - > to avoid confusions.  (But that can create other problems. )


    Thanks again

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 (34,587 points)

    We've tried it, it doesn't, that's why.


    If you don't intend having Pages 5 installed, don't "update" to it, what is the problem anyway?



  • Peggy Level 8 (38,635 points)

    Using Get Info to change all documents to open with Pages 4.3 doesn't work. It will work on individual files, but that could be a lot of files to reset.


    This is what works for me. After I installed the new iWork updates I created a folder on an external drive & named it "other applications." I then moved the new iWork apps to this folder & renamed the applications Keynote 6, Pages 5 & Numbers 3. I have icons for two versions of Pages & Numbers (I rarely use Keynote) in my Dock. Even with two versions of Pages & Numbers running, double-clicking an existing file opens in Pages 4.3 or Numbers 2.3. This should also keep the Mac App Store from nagging you to update.



  • unixnerd09 Level 1 (0 points)

    Are you saying that Mavericks doesn't come with the new iWorks? I have to downlaod it from the app store?

  • unixnerd09 Level 1 (0 points)

    I see.

    Using "get info" and "change all" to change all files always worked for me but only to change between Preview and Adobe reader.  I see how Apple can do something to screw this for Pages4 vs Pages5.


    So I believe you. I will try your solution.



  • Peggy Level 8 (38,635 points)

    The Mac Finder has always defaulted to the newest installed version of an application to open files. Get Info works with Preview & Adobe Reader because they are two different applications.



  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 (34,587 points)



    But watch it. If you have Auto updating set in your System Preferences, it will install it behind your back.



  • unixnerd09 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you

  • unixnerd09 Level 1 (0 points)

    I see, now everything makes sense.  It also worked with iPhoto09 and iPhoto11 because Apple made them different, but not with iMovie09 &11 because Apple decided they were the same program.

  • fruhulda Level 6 (15,120 points)

    Don't download thw iWork 13 apps, Pages 5 etc.. Stay with iWork 09 applications. Just make sure you update to iWork 9.3. Use this link


    Don't let the computer auto update/grade you applications.

  • unixnerd09 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for advice, I will certainly not update.  I experimented with Numbers (which I do not use or need) and it created a mess.


    I have CD-iWork 09. Used to get updates through Software Update, but only in Lion.  Apple orphaned CD-iWork 09 in ML.  The App Store - iWork 09 was considerd to be a separate program in ML, and I did not buy it. The button in the App Store said "buy $20" or so.  Thus there was no confusion which program was being updated, as there were no updates.


    After installed Mavericks, there were NO Pages, Numbers, or Keynote in /Applications. Only the old ones in /Applications/iWork09.  However, the 3 programs showed up in App Store updates, with an "update" button next to them, but not under "purchases".  Also, I located them in the App Store, and the only option was "update", not "download".

    So, unlike ML, Mavericks decided that AppStore-Numbers-3 is an update to CD-Numbers-2.3 and I am entitled to an update.  So I updated it.  But when I opened iWork09/, it was still 2.3.   However, the modified date changed to the download time.


    So far, no complaints. It's actually good that it did not overwrite the old app. Maybe it just touched iWork09/ to get things in sync.  Then I look again in the app store, and now it did say "download" next to Numbers.  This put Numbers-3 in /Applications.  Also, Numbers showed up in the App Store purchases.


    So everything worked out fine? Not really. this is what I see in the App Store updates now. Keeps prompting me to update. Already did it once, it was happy for a while, only to come up with a new "update button".

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  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 (34,587 points)

    Turn it off in your System Preferences. There are two settings one to auto-update and the other to prompt you.



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