AppleWorks

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AppleWorks, formerly known as ClarisWorks, is the basic Office software that comes pre-installed on most consumer Macs (iBook, iMac (excluding Intel based iMacs), eMac, and Mac mini). It used to be also available to purchase separately for $79 USD from the Apple Store.

AppleWorks includes basic word processing, spreadsheet, database, drawing, painting, and presentation software. The word processor can import Microsoft Word files, and the spreadsheet can handle Microsoft Excel files, but the presentation software cannot handle PowerPoint files. The painting program is a rough equivalent of the Windows application Microsoft Paint, however it has a number of more advanced features such as gradients and larger color palettes.

iWork was called the successor to AppleWorks by Steve Jobs during the opening keynote at Macworld San Francisco 2005, although many people still prefer AppleWorks for its larger feature set, particularly with regards to its drawing and database tools which are not available in iWork. All development work on AppleWorks has been halted and the package will not be made into a Universal Binary, which explains its absence from Intel-based Macs. AppleWorks was officially discontinued in August 2007. [1]

Current Versions

  • AppleWorks 6.2.9 for Mac OS X
  • AppleWorks 6.2.8 for Mac OS 8.1-9.x
  • AppleWorks 6.2.2 for Windows

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