Spell Check Transfer

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macguysoft, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. macguysoft macrumors member

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    I have a friend who owns a Mac Performa 640/180 which is about 8 years old. He uses Claris Works on that mac and wishes to transfer his 6,000 scientific words to the new intel mac. Is there a directory for these words on the old macintosh? If so, can it be used on the new macs?

    Any help would be appreciated. :)
     
  2. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

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    Since ClarisWorks is a Classic application, it won't run on an Intel Mac. And the user dictionary from any version of ClarisWorks or AppleWorks 5 won't work with AppleWorks 6. It is possible to export the user dictionary from ClarisWorks as a text file & import it into the AppleWorks 6 user dictionary but the AppleWorks 6 user dictionary has a limit of 2883 words. You can create more than one user dictionary, but it would be a pain to have to switch between them each time you wanted to check spelling.
     
  3. macguysoft thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you for the insightful comments. Does the same apply to iWork though? if so, I'll probably recommend that to him.
     
  4. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

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    I think Pages is a terrific application & I use it for almost all of my word processing & DTP. I still use AppleWorks for the things that iWork doesn't - mostly database & spreadsheet. Pages can open AppleWorks 6 word processing files, but no other version of ClarisWorks or AppleWorks files.

    Pages uses the OS X spelling file located in HD > Users > [user account] > Library > Spelling. It can be opened in TextEdit & edited, but it's not easy. Each word is separated by a unicode character & I'm not sure which one it is. You could change the space between each word in the exported text file with this character & then copy & paste the content of the text file into the spelling file & save it. I would definitely work on a copy of the file.
     

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