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Opening AppleWorks and ClarisWorks (.cwk) in OpenOffice.org

Postby teddy » Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:18 pm

For us Mac users it would be very helpful if it was possible to open AppleWorks/ClarisWorks files in OOo. (The program changed name.) There are many possibilities to open and save in different formats in OOo, but it seems none of the most popular Mac formats are there. MS Word for Mac was a different format than on Windows quite long (I think untill Office 98), and Claris MacWrite II and Pro was very popular on the Mac for many years. And Claris FileMaker (Pro) for databases. But the most important one is ClarisWorks/AppleWorks, wich allmost everybody used (since it used to be shipped with the computers) untill very recently. The text documents, as well as the spreadsheat, database and graphics documents would be very sensible to be able to open in OOo.

The problem now is that AppleWorks only excists in one version with updates for OS X before it was discontinued, so those of us that didn't change to OS X fast enough never had it. Since newer Intel Macs can no longer run older apps (so called "Classic" MacOS 7-9.2 programs) there is no possibility to read these old files with the older versions of AppleWorks or ClarisWorks they were made with either. So then the only possibility is to buy MS Office, iWorks or go pirate and get hold of AppleWorks 6.x.x. I would love to avoid those options...
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Re: opening appleworks and clarisworks (.cwk) in openoffice

Postby ccornell » Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:18 pm

StarOffice8 can open .CWK documents. This is part of the W4W proprietary filter. So.. technically it is possible already.

You can get StarOffice as part of GooglePack http://pack.google.com/intl/en/pack_installer.html?hl=en&gl=us but... it's only part of the Windows Pack... it's not included in the Google apps for Mac.

So... a possible solution is to install StarOffice from Google Pack on a Windows PC, import all the CWK documents you have, and save as ODF. It would be a one time conversion, and then you'd be able to work on your old documents.
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Re: opening appleworks and clarisworks (.cwk) in openoffice

Postby mroberts2002 » Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:02 pm

Hi- I just tried your suggestion but the document but the document is unreadable:

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I'm virtually illiterate when it comes to computers so if you have any suggestion that a neophyte could handle I'd be grateful. thx
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Re: opening appleworks and clarisworks (.cwk) in openoffice

Postby thomasjk » Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:32 pm

Does your application offer you the Option to Save in a different format such as .doc, .xls., dbf? If so then these formats can be read by OOo. This article from Microsoft may help http://support.microsoft.com/kb/139793.
This Google search offers some links that may help http://www.google.com/search?q=clariswo ... US269&aq=t.
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Re: opening appleworks and clarisworks (.cwk) in openoffice

Postby mroberts2002 » Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:52 pm

Thanks for the quick response. Excuse my confusion - I am trying to open a letter attached to an email from a job I have coming up. It's at a school so of course they have MACs which I have no experience with. It wouldn't open at all until I got Star Office installed and I did save the file as .odt. I tried a few choices to save documents with.doc extensions but the results were the same. When I looked at the articles you suggested I seemed to need to have Claris Works on my computer to make the changes. I'm really quite confused. Is there something I'm missing? Thanks again'.

I was just thinking - do I have to ask the school administrator to save the letter with one of the extensions you mentioned and resend it to me? If that is what is needed I could a least try that if there are future communications to deal with
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Re: opening appleworks and clarisworks (.cwk) in openoffice

Postby kabing » Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:38 am

For Mac users, another option is to purchase MacLinkPlus, which can convert Claris Works/AppleWorks documents into formats readable by other programs.

mroberts2002: Yes, your best bet is to ask the school administrator to save the file as and MSWord or rtf document. If they are using OS X, they may also be able to save as pdf by using the Print to PDF command.

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Re: Opening Appleworks and Clarisworks (.cwk) in OpenOffice

Postby paultry » Fri Oct 10, 2008 1:05 am

I downloaded and installed StarOffice8 (Windows XP) yesterday, but was NOT able to open .cwk files from the backup disk of my now dead Apple iBook. I then found and downloaded ConversionPlus at http://www.softpedia.com/progDownload/D ... d-850.html, and was able to convert all of my otherwise inaccessible .cwk files to .doc and .xls files. This program offers a full function 15 day free demo mode.
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Re: Opening AppleWorks and ClarisWorks (.cwk) in OpenOffice.

Postby fridrich » Tue Jun 25, 2013 2:16 pm

In LibreOffice 4.1 opening of Claris Works and other legacy Mac formats will be possible in version 4.1. More information in this blog: http://fridrich.blogspot.com/2013/06/libreoffice-import-filter-for-legacy.html.
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Re: Opening AppleWorks and ClarisWorks (.cwk) in OpenOffice.

Postby SimonBerlin » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:07 am

It is quite easy, if you follow these steps and are willing to scroll through some gibberish in the first few pages of your opened document.

Open open office
select open file
select your claris works .cwk file
When open office gives you an dialog window about the ASCII Filter Option, don't just ignore it, try a few of the options of HOW to open the .cwk doc.
I chose western Europe (Apple Macintosh)

and it opened th .CWK file with a gibberish, but on the 4th page or so, the original text of the claris work doc started and the entire document was there. Clean.
Select the clean text.
Copy and paste in to a new open office or word document
Done.

Enjoy.
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Re: Opening AppleWorks and ClarisWorks (.cwk) in OpenOffice.

Postby John_Ha » Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:29 am

If you google convert cwk you get over 200,000 hits suggesting something might be found ...
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