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Pages 5.0 and Appleworks

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One of my "older" friends wanted to update his iMac to Mavericks. He was still using Appleworks (with Snow Leopard) and had a bunch of Appleworks documents that he wanted to keep. I explained to him that Appleworks won't work in Mavericks and I

One of my "older" friends wanted to update his iMac to Mavericks. He was still using Appleworks (with Snow Leopard) and had a bunch of Appleworks documents that he wanted to keep. I explained to him that Appleworks won't work in Mavericks and I recommended he download Pages. I have Pages '09 and it opens Applework documents and converts them to .pages format.
He downloaded the latest version of Pages. He tells me that he can't open Appleworks documents. I just took it for granted that that Apple would update a word processing app that would work with another Apple product... my mistake.
Why would "they" create a version that won't even open an Appleworks word processing file and convert it to Pages format?
Does the "new" Pages open older Pages documents?
What a crock of s___t! It's very disappointing.

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VikingOSX's suggestions are valid, but I suggest looking a little further.
LibreOffice 4.2 [free] is developing very nicely and works with open file standards and has a respect for older formats.
It is developed by users for users and the developers certainly keep them foremost in their considerations. Being non-commercial they do not have the same management pressures for "new", "improved" features and product churn. They are constantly working on converting more legacy file formats such as AppleWorks, ClarisWorks, WordPerfect etc. It will even import pdf files.
It comes in Windows, Mac and Linux versions and does not have heavy hardware or OS requirements. The Mac version still works with Snow Leopard and there are prior versions available for older systems.
It's language support is leagues ahead of Apples, and contains Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Drawing, Maths, Presentation & Database. It supports both rtf and odf files ensuring they can be opened in the future.
It supports right to left langauges such as Arabic and Hebrew, correctly, including inserted left to right languages. Also Hindi, Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Korean, with dictionaries for most languages.
It has clip-art, a Template Centre and an Extension Centre to give it added functionality.
Whilst it lacks some of the polish of Pages in some areas, it far exceeds Pages in ultimate usability and durability.
Most of all it has a future, undivorced from its past files.
Peter

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