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AppleWorks 5.0.x

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AppleWorks5.0.4.sit_.bin (19.99 MB)
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For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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appleworks_5.0.3.sit (24.18 MB)
MD5: 39b2566c93c62dd1296417fa84f50c9e
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

AppleWorks5.0.4.sit_.bin: AppleWorks 5.0.4 for Macintosh installer
appleworks_5.0.3.sit: AppleWorks 5.0.3 for Macintosh installer AppleWorks 5 for Windows 95 installer AppleWorks 5.0.3 installation CD-ROM Hybrid Mac/PC


The modern incarnation of AppleWorks started life as ClarisWorks, written by Bob Hearn and Scott Holdaway and published by Claris (a spin-off from Apple, today known as FileMaker Inc). The file extension of AppleWorks and ClarisWorks documents is .cwk. ClarisWorks combined

a word processor,
a drawing program,
a painting program,
a spreadsheet,
a database program,
and a terminal program for communications.
All the components were integrated to provide a seamless suite that worked in concert; for example, spreadsheet frames could be embedded in a word processing document, or formatted text into drawings, etc. A common misconception is that the components were derived from the existing Claris programs MacWrite and MacDraw. In fact, ClarisWorks was written from scratch and then redesigned to match other Claris programs after the purchase by Claris.

ClarisWorks 1.0 shipped for the Macintosh in 1991 and subsequently ported to the Windows platform, shipping as ClarisWorks 1.0 for Windows in 1993. When the Claris company was disbanded and absorbed back into Apple, the product was renamed AppleWorks. In fact, version 5 of the software was first called ClarisWorks 5, before being renamed AppleWorks 5 following the product's return to Apple.

The last version, AppleWorks 6, replaced the communications feature with a presentation feature (in prior versions there was only rudimentary support for presentations through the other features). It was also ported to the Carbon API to work on Mac OS X, but it did not take advantage of many of the newer features of Mac OS X.

AppleWorks could create, open, and save files in a number of file formats. For example, word processor documents could be saved in Microsoft Word format, and spreadsheet files could be saved in Microsoft Excel format.

The software received good reviews during the course of its lifespan for its interface and the tight integration of its modules. For example, a drawing "frame" could be placed in a spreadsheet document, a paint frame could be placed in a drawing document, etc. This allowed for very elaborate and data-rich layouts. However, the limitations of the product (such as its confusing and cumbersome stylesheet feature) became more apparent as the product aged. In August, 2007, Apple declared AppleWorks "end of life" and stated that they will no longer sell the package. The iWork package, which includes a word processing program, a spreadsheet, and a presentation graphics program, is intended to be its replacement. While much more feature-rich, iWork still lacks some of the modules and the tight integration of AppleWorks.

See also: ClarisWorks 5.x page.

For Windows versions: ClarisWorks 1, ClarisWorks 3, ClarisWorks 4, ClarisWorks 5, AppleWorks 6

Architecture: 68k PPC x86 (Windows)


NinaC's picture
by NinaC - 2020, September 7 - 1:38am

WINDOWS VERSION -- For NT5 [2000] and later, run ClarisWorks 5 / AppleWorks 5 in NT4 compatibility mode.

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by VINCE - 2015, December 7 - 9:57am

pretty cool

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, May 15 - 12:34am

I'm not so sure now, IIGS_User. A hybrid Mac/Win version has been added to the ClarisWorks 5 Mac page & I just moved CWks 1 for Win to its own page. Maybe AWks 5 for Win should have its own page too, if only to keep AWks 6 for Win, company. All of the CWks for Win versions archived on their own pages are completed now, also.

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by IIGS_User - 2014, May 10 - 4:23pm

Thanks, MTT, you're right. Smile

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, May 9 - 11:43pm

Should we create a new entry for the 3rd file, the Win version?

Perhaps not. There is also a hybrid Mac/Win entry on this page, 4th DL above (which can't be very easily separated Wink ).

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by IIGS_User - 2014, January 19 - 9:05am

Should we create a new entry for the 3rd file, the Win version?

Look the ClarisWorks for Win v5.0 entry, where no Mac OS versions are mentioned inside the green d/l box.

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by IIGS_User - 2013, July 20 - 9:03am

Thanks for language-matching screenshot. Looks more seriously, too.

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by finkmac - 2013, May 26 - 8:12pm

ClarisWorks 5 is practically identical to this, other than a few logo changes.

TataMisia's picture
by TataMisia - 2011, May 5 - 2:16pm

Was add 5.0.3 UK version.

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by IIGS_User - 2011, April 14 - 3:45pm

I think the German version goes up to 5.03 only which is not suitable for Mac OS 9.

This is probably true, 5.0.3 is the latest version (in german, + this is why the screenshot above is), I've installed on my Mac systems.
I've copied it even over to my all-new Intel MacBook Late 10 *) to run a small amount of databases not (yet) converted to Bento. When it turns out that Lion doesn't support Rosetta, I've to run AppleWorks within Bas/Sheep to get access to that databases, until I've converted them.

*) If Apple hadn't switched over to Intel, my PowerBook G4 Late 05 (1.67 GHz) would run current software still fine...

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by xy - 2011, April 14 - 9:00am

I think the German version goes up to 5.03 only which is not suitable for Mac OS 9.

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by Snowyfox16 - 2011, April 14 - 3:32am

TataMasia : No , it is the English Version . I have no idea why a German Screenshot was there in the first place .

TataMisia's picture
by TataMisia - 2009, December 3 - 2:27pm

Is this german version? Like at screeshot?

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by Mycatisbigfoot - 2009, September 15 - 1:46am

I am running this on my lc 575, I am geting porgrams for it, ( I got it used) and its a good computer still,

I use it when i am doing my home work so i do not get distracted,
It has a scsi zip drive with a scsi hard drive thats 4gb, running 8.1its a nice computer

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by Euryale - 2009, July 31 - 8:15am

This is exactly what I was looking for, Unlike Clarisworks 3 which requires a PPC, Appleworks runs fine on 68k and Emulators.