apple IIgs disk to appleworks6?

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Pat
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Is there any way to open old prodos appleworks data files in appleworks6? I have a data base that I need to use on a newer computer and the data base was created and used on an apple IIgs.
I'd appreciate any help.
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Of course there's a way.

Yes, there is a way to do this.

I had a very large database that I wanted to transfer from my Apple IIe, in Appleworks, so I've actually done this, and I'm using Appleworks 6.2.9 to transfer it to.

First save the old document as a text file. Then transfer the file onto your Mac. (I used a CF card to do the job, but I guess there are several ways). Then create a database in modern Appleworks with the same fields as the old database, and then mailmerge(I think it was) the data in, and it all lines up into the correct spaces. It was a magical experience. . . ah. . .

Good luck.

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Another Way?

Mutant_Pie;

Would it work if he translated the files to ASCII? It
used to be that if you stored in ASCII format, any sys-
tem could read that file. I realise that you would lose
the attributes from the database format, but at least
the information would be secure.

Just a thought. (I took a laxative, so I'm not having
as many brain cramps as I was before. Smile )

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Pat
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I would like to keep the data base if at all possible. I'll try to save as a text file first. Right now I have them as appleworks files. I had to borrow a PB500 to find a floppy drive that would read the 3.5 disk -- is there another way? MPie suggested a CF card -- um, what's that?
There's hope

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That's what I'm talking about (Willis)! (er, Woogie)

text file = ASCII

You can't translate it as a database with it's attributes. Oh you probably could, but I think that it would take about 6 different computer/operating system/compatible database translator set-ups.

Do what I said in my previous message, it works.

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mutant_pie;

I agree. Text = ASCII. I just wasn't sure if the other poster
understood this or if he was reducing the database files to
some other text format. I have an old program called CrossTalk
that uses files converted to WordPerfect text files to cross
operating system barriers from Apple to PC and vice versa.

Your method is much more up-to-date and possibly more reliable.
I was merely asking a question to clarify things in my (old) mind.
Didn't mean to confuse the issue with facts. (HAR!)

Oh yeah.......WHO'S WILLIS? Smile

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