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AppleWorks

What is AppleWorks?

AppleWorks is the predecessor to today’s iWork suite, the original competitor to Lotus and Microsoft’s office suite programs. The program was originally released in the early 1980s and went through several versions, although arguably the most popular version of it was the original, generally referred to as the Classic version. The last versions of the software were released by the company’s spinoff, Claris, and were also known as ClarisWorks.

The suite included a word processor (typically the backbone of office program suites), a utility for computer-aided drawing, a painting solution, an application for creating presentations, a spreadsheet utility, a tool for database editing and creation, an equation editor and a terminal program. These programs were largely compatible with the Microsoft Office programs’ file formats, allowing interoperability for users, but a big problem came later on when Apple discontinued the product and ceased support for it on all OS X versions after Snow Leopard. The product used PowerPC coding, which is no longer supported on Macs after that OS. The only way to access programs using the old AppleWorks file formats would be for the user to turn to third-party programs.

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