839 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 6, 2007 8:23 AM by motc
Hi, motc. Greatworks is so very old, and it sold so poorly even when it was current software (I remember being aware of it then, but never knew anyone who used it), that I doubt you will find many people here or anywhere else who can help you troubleshoot it. I know I can't.
OS 9's File Manager was significantly changed from OS 8.x, never mind 7.x, and accounted for most of the few incompatibilities with older applications that cropped up after OS 9 was introduced. I suspect that may be what you're encountering. To check on GreatWorks' compatibility with OS 9's File Manager, download this little utility.
You may just have to live with the inconvenience of opening your files from within GreatWorks, clumsy though it is, because it doesn't look as though you'll be able to translate GreatWorks files into any more widely readable file format unless GreatWorks itself can do so. MacLink Plus Deluxe, the leading file-translation utility for the Mac for at least 15 years, hasn't offered GreatWorks translation filters in its last five versions, and I'm not sure it ever did. So you'd better explore the capabilities of GreatWorks to export its files in formats that other applications can read, because your next new Mac isn't going to be able to run OS 9 at all. If you want those files available for the long haul, they'll have to be put into formats that OS X-native applications can read..
Thanks so much eww, for the information. You've given me a lot of food for thought.
I discovered that Greatworks could export its Draw & Paint documents as PICT files which OSX Preview can view. And the Word Processing documents will export as Text files which OSX TextEdit can read and edit.
I did try to download OS 9 Compatibility Checker but it wasn't working at the time.
I guess this is what they mean by "vaporware". Files created with an older application will be available as long as the OS and the computer platform they were created on is available. It seems you really have to anticipate this to avoid losing your data...
Hi, motc -
I guess this is what they mean by "vaporware".
Not quite. The term "vaporware" is used to describe software that is promised, often heavily marketed and advertised, even hyped - but then never ships at all.
Perhaps a term 'ancientware' could be used in this case - computer hardware and operating systems have progressed so far that it would have a (perhaps seriously) negative effect on their capabilities to make them compatible with very old software.
For what it is worth, Apple has done a great job in avoiding such when compared to other platforms. I once counted up the different model series which could run OS 9.1 - it came to 47 distinct model series.
A thought, which may help save some time depending on how scattered the documents are.
Make an alias of each document, put the all the aliases in one folder, perhaps on the desktop. Opening an alias from the application might be easier than having to hunt for documents in different places.