Last call for AppleWorks users
Posted 29 June 2011 - 11:27 AM
Posted 29 June 2011 - 11:35 AM
You mentioned Appleworks Paint files can be rescued by using the Save As function. Would it be possible to create an Automator workflow that would search the hard drive for Appleworks Paint files and convert them all at once?
Second question: Appleworks print function can create a pdf of drawing documents. Could an Automator workflow be created to automate this task so it does an entire hard drive at once? Even though the resultant files would not function they could be viewed in order to be re-created in another program.
Posted 29 June 2011 - 12:06 PM
I just recently downloaded a trial version of Bento from Filemaker and in short it aint no Appleworks and I'm not willing to spend $300 on Filemaker Pro. It's beyond my needs, at this point.
My primary use for Appleworks has been the exceptionally flexible database templates and sorting systems.
I certainly wish there were someone out there with enough knowledge and capital to create an Appleworks program for the latest Mac OSs. I'll be one of the first in line to purchase it.
Posted 29 June 2011 - 01:20 PM
Remember most of us use Macs because the company has convinced us over the decades that they offered Solutions to our problems and not just complicated solftware that required hoop-jumping.
Now, having them label their customers as recalcitrants and Luddites because they enjoy a mature, useful, and trouble-free Apple software product that Just Works Well just seems foreign to the whole Apple Experience.
Frustration. But.... The productivity of the OS still trumps their cavalier attitude towards the usefulness of their software customer. At least it does for now.
Like another poster here, I too would purchase a current version of AW if it were made available.
Posted 29 June 2011 - 01:53 PM
Posted 29 June 2011 - 02:14 PM
I too am a dedicated AppleWorks user who is sad that the party's over. I get it that Apple has moved on to iWork, but would it be too much to ask Apple programmers to make their current applications able to open AW documents? For example, why can't AW graphics documents be opened by Keynote? Or, AW databases by Numbers?
Posted 29 June 2011 - 02:28 PM
not that i've used AW for years, but read-only access to some old stuff would be handy.
Posted 29 June 2011 - 03:50 PM
In other words, not just "what is a good word processor?," but "what is a good word processor for the user who loves the simplicity, intuitiveness and I'm-in-control-of-the-software-not-vice-versa of AppleWorks?" (Can you tell I like AW? Can you tell I dislike Word?)
For myself, when I decided I had to start to migrate from AW, I thought I would like iWork, but it turned out I didn't. I ended up with Nisus Writer Express, EazyDraw and Excel. An article on the pros and cons of various options would be great.