I can quick look an iWork 09 doc but can't open it - why is that?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ss957916, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    I've got 10.6 and iWork 08. Someone emailed me a Numbers 09 document which simply would not open, be it in iWork, Preview or anything else I tried.

    But I can see it in Quicklook. So the computer DOES understand the document, so is Apple just crippling everything else to persuade me to buy iWork 09 (which I can't see have any real improvements over 08)?
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    I imagine that it is Snow Leopard that knows the file and not iwork 08, the compatibility for iWork 09 must be built into the preview function itself.
  3. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    Preview won't open it. All I want to do is copy and paste it!!
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Download iWork 09, and make use of the free 30 day trial.

    Simply open the file in iWork 09 and save it in the older format.
  5. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    The reason is that the Quick Look preview is actually an image. Your Mac does not understand the file.
  6. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    Eh? Surely to format the document to make the 'image' it understands the file...?
  7. uuaschbaer macrumors regular


    Aug 31, 2009
    You can ask the person who sent you the '09 document to open it, save it as as a '08 document and send you that. I don't know of any long term solution, except perhaps iwork.com ... possibly just might maybe.
  8. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Quicklook is just a plug-in style architecture, you don't need the application on your system to be able to quicklook the file.

    You can quicklook MS Office documents without office.

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