Last call for AppleWorks users

“In recent Mac 911 entries I’ve looked forward to what will and won’t work with Lion,” Christopher Breen writes for Macworld.

“So now, a brief look back. And yes, I mean you die-hard AppleWorks users,” Breen writes. “If you want to use a Mac running Lion, your time has run out.”

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Breen writes, “AppleWorks won’t work. So, what to do with those AppleWorks documents?”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews readers too numerous to mention individually for the heads up.]


    1. its not so much that people still use it… It just that they may have years worth of old documents still in the AppleWorks formats.

      It’s not that big of a deal really, as there are still ways of running AppleWorks through emulation or virtualization. I’ll just set up a snow leopard virtual machine that I can run for “incompatibles”

    2. I introduced my father to the Mac and AppleWorks about 15 years ago. Now 78, he still happily uses AppleWorks regularly on an eMac running MacOS 10.5. And he accesses the Internet via dial-up. Change won’t come easily.

    3. … but, not really. My wife has quite a few older files in that format. Files she hasn’t worked on in years. Lots of years. It’s about time she revisited them and did a modest update, if only in the file type.

    1. Exactly. Get iWork before upgrading. Open all docs in appropriate counterpart. Resave as native format. Done! Will take only a couple of minutes at the most.

    2. Not all of them. If you used the awesome mixed mode features of Appleworks like putting database/spreadsheet table or cels into a word processing or drawing document Pages fails to open the document.

      No program in or out of existence offered such easy workflow and mixing between word processing, database, spreadsheet, and painting.

      I can see the appeal of Appleworks to some people.

  1. We have switched to iWork as soon we I could but our school has thousands of documents in works, and many of them are drawings (which replaced but not completely macdraw), there has never been an easy and inexpensive replacement to the full works suite. And iWork in is still slow on some 3 yr. old computers. Still No rush to be on Lion, but I wish apple wouldn’t use an ax so big when preparing to the future
    (like Lion WIki requiring IE 9 for windows)

    1. Eudora definitely had its charms. But don’t forget how easily Eudora’s email database could get corrupted, which usually resulted in a complete loss of saved email because the program would refuse to open.

      1. I tried using Eudora, once, many moons ago. Never saw the appeal really. Too bare bones for my liking and the UI, don’t even talk about it. I then turned to the mail program that came with Windows XP, Outlook Express, which I found much easier to configure and use.

        Now I’m on and Sparrow Mail on OS X Snow Leopard. Waiting to switch to the Lion version of Mail as I like the interface. I like the new iCal interface on Lion too. Just waiting for the bugs to be shaken out before I make the jump. In any event, I think Mail is far better than Eudora.

        1. “Too bare bones for my liking…”
          Wow, you did a *really* poor job of checking it out! Eudora has such a dedicated user base because it included so many features, several of which have *never* made it into any other email client.

  2. AppleWorks was great, but its text-rendering was awful. Pages is like a refreshing summer breeze by comparison. But in terms of sheer functionality, AppleWorks was a truly great piece of software.

    But AppleWorks is also truly obsolete. The first version of Pages came out six years ago, and AppleWorks was already extremely long in the tooth even then.

    1. AppleWorks was long in the tooth because decisions were made to let it be. The iWorks Suite, with no database, drawing or painting capabilities is beautiful, but lacks precision. Bento is eye candy for the weak minded.

      There is no replacement for AppleWorks, only a series of substitutes.

      1. AppleWorks was awesome.

        I had a buddy who was an appleworks maniac. It was an impressive package.

        Integrated suites like that kind of went away for some reason. I remember there were more than a couple out there on the PC side. Lotus Works and Microsoft Works were the two I remember the most on the PC.

        MS Office is integrated if you take the time to learn the VBA programming side and OLE. Its still no where as easy or seamless as Appleworks was for a casual user.

        Wonder why integrated suites died off

  3. I still have AppleWorks running on an older PPC machine. I still have clients who refer me to people when they need help converting/recovering these files and I still have the occasional student using it at home. AppleWorks was still being taught at my College 4 years ago. If you still need AppleWorks you don’t have to upgrade to Lion. (:

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