Replacement for Clarisworks

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Ludde, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. Ludde macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2007
    Hi everyone!

    My mother is not a big fan of OS X, but she's using Tiger. She won't even consider upgrading to Leopard(which is fine if she wants it that way, I guess) partly because she's using several Classic programs, like Clarisworks and the old version of Textedit for some reason.

    Anyway, what I'd like to ask if there's anyone out there who's used Clarisworks extensively and who knows what would be a valid alternative.

    Meller does seem nice, but I can't seem to find a comparison to Clarisworks.

    I did see one reference to Clarisworks mentioning Mariner Write, but I have no idea how close they might be.

    Grateful for any help!
  2. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2007
  3. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    Covington, WA, USA
    Although it's been declared "end-of-life", AppleWorks 6 is a viable alternative to ClarisWorks that runs well in OS X, including Leopard.

    There is nothing other than AppleWorks that can open AppleWorks & ClarisWorks database & paint documents. EasyDraw can open AppleWorks draw documents, but it's spendy. The iWork apps - Keynote, Pages & Numbers - can open AppleWorks 6 presentation, word processing & spreadsheet documents, but not ClarisWorks documents.

    Because the last version of AppleWorks, 6.2.9 can't open all ClarisWorks 4 or earlier files (it returns an I/O error on about half the documents) the best version of AppleWorks for OS X is 6.2.4. Hardcore Mac sells AppleWorks 6.2.4. You can try eBay, but it may be difficult to be sure it's at least AppleWorks 6.2 but not higher than 6.2.4. Before 6.2, the installer is Classic only.
  4. Ludde thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2007
    Thanks for the tip, but she's looking for something to replace Clarisworks, not Word. There's a significant difference in what the programs can do and how they work in general.

    She's tried Appleworks, I believe, and didn't like it. It's a real headache trying to find a viable alternative since she's gonna need a new computer SOMEDAY, and that computer won't run classic. :-/

    Thanks for your reply!

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