I didn't know SL made iWork read Office files.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by NJMetsHero, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. NJMetsHero macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2009
    That's really nice. I'm enjoying it a lot. It is going to make my life a lot easier at school. Did anyone else notice this.
  2. mrchinchilla macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2009
    iWork '09 has always had the ability to open/save Window formats...
    The installation of Snow Leopard doesn't affect 3rd party applications (including iWork).
  3. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    iWork does not support Office 2003 XML and cannot handle Office macros.
  4. G4DP macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    Shame it doesn't keep Word formatting though.
  5. NJMetsHero thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2009
    Apparently it does. I have iWork '08. I used to download the file and put it onto a USB and view it on a school CPU but I accidentally clicked to open it. Before it would say just cannot view this file or something. But this time Pages fired up and showed me the document. It was a .docx file.
  6. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    that makes no sense as the OS does not affect the behavior of 3rd party apps like that, are you sure you dont have 09?
  7. springyfox macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2009
    In every file there is a section of "code" known as the creator code. If you create a file in word, the creator code will belong to word. If you create a file in pages, the creator code will belong to pages.

    In Leopard, the OS used to look at this creator code and open with the relevant application. That's why some JPEG files would open with preview, some with Photoshop, etc etc, even though they are the same file type.

    Snow Leopard now ignores this creator code and opens documents with the default handler for that file type. So all docx will open in Pages, if that is your default, regardless of what application created them.

    I hope that makes sense?

    Basically Snow Leopard hasn't made iWork read office files, but it has stopped the computer opening the file with the application that created it.

  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Always did, but I found the formatting,at least with spreadsheets to be questionable.

    I think OpenOffice does a better job at retaining the original formatting - just my $.02

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