Appleworks database conversion/application

desertman

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Is there any application that can open or convert old Appleworks database files?

Even a paid service that can convert such a database to, let's say, a working LibreOffice database would be ok.
 

sracer

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Is there any application that can open or convert old Appleworks database files?

Even a paid service that can convert such a database to, let's say, a working LibreOffice database would be ok.
I believe that the latest version of LibreOffice an open AppleWorks/ClarisWorks files.

edit: I just tried to open a few .cwk database files in LibreOffice. It did open them but the custom forms were not imported. Just the data... into a spreadsheet.
 
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desertman

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I just tried to open a few .cwk database files in LibreOffice. It did open them but the custom forms were not imported. Just the data... into a spreadsheet.
Thanks. Good to know.
(I'm from "around the corner" in Sedona, although right now in Brazil.)
 
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I believe that the latest version of LibreOffice an open AppleWorks/ClarisWorks files.
Wow, that's amazing. I cannot believe after all these years a current application maintains such legacy code to help a very small subset of users - I'm impressed.
 
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desertman

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As far as I understand it is possible to open an Appleworks database file with LibreOffice - but it opens as a spreadsheet. The data is there but all layouts and all relations (or whatever this is called) are gone - the database layout has to be reprogrammed.

I'm wondering whether it is possible to install OS X 10.6 in a virtual machine on a Mac with OS X 10.11. Anybody having any experience with that?
 
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Fishrrman

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desertman asked:
"I'm wondering whether it is possible to install OS X 10.6 in a virtual machine on a Mac with OS X 10.11. Anybody having any experience with that?"

I haven't done it, but the following works:
1. Install a virtual machine app, such as Fusion or Parallels.
2. Install a copy of Snow Leopard Server (you MUST use the server version, regular 10.6 won't run via emulation).
3. Turn off server features and just run it as a "regular copy" of the OS.

This method will run 10.6 fine, I hear.

Aside:
Unless you really, really need to manipulate data within these old database files, easiest thing to do is use LibreOffice as mentioned above.
Then either view the data in spreadsheet form, or import it into a "modern" database app...
 
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Wasn't Appleworks a flat file database? If so, the spreadsheet output could be imported into a new application, such as Filemaker.
if the spreadsheet doesn't work yo could try finding an image of the old Appleworks for Windows and run it under Wine and see if it will open the database and then convert it.
 
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sracer

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Wasn't Appleworks a flat file database? If so, the spreadsheet output could be imported into a new application, such as Filemaker.
if the spreadsheet doesn't work yo could try finding an image of the old Appleworks for Windows and run it under Wine and see if it will open the database and then convert it.
Correct. AppleWorks database is a flatfile database.
I have AppleWorks 5 and 6 for Windows (along with every version of ClarisWorks for Windows). I was huge fan of that app and it is the primary reason why I switched over to Macs.

I have Appleworks 6 running under WINE (self-contained executable, Wineskin) It runs but can't open database files. I haven't had time to tinker around with the various WINETRICKS that might get it to work.
 
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