Archived - Converting ClarisWorks Files across Platforms

This information was provided by Claris Corporation on 16 March 1998, and incorporated into Apple Computer's Tech Info Library.
This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.
ClarisWorks 3.0 for Windows and ClarisWorks 3.0 for the Macintosh are essentially the same version and share the same binary file format. Because of this, files can be shared between the two platforms, retaining both data and formatting (with some exceptions). Version 1.0v1 for Windows and 1.0v4 for Macintosh can also share the same files. In all other cases, it is recommended that you upgrade to ensure that both users sharing files have the same version.

There needs to be some method in place to exchange the actual data. Apple File Exchange, PC Exchange, Access PC, and DOS Mounter all enable you to copy a file from a DOS-formatted floppy disk to a Macintosh hard disk. The other method is a network connection. Assuming that one computer can read the others data, here are the steps needed to share files between the programs.

ClarisWorks for Macintosh --> ClarisWorks for Windows
Save (or Save As) a document with a filename no more than eight characters in length, this is the character limit set by DOS. Include the suffix ".CWK" to the filename.

For example: Myfile becomes Myfile.CWK.

ClarisWorks for Windows --> ClarisWorks for Macintosh
In most cases, you will not be able to double click files that come from a PC to open them with ClarisWorks on your Macintosh. Instead, choose Open from the File menu and open the file that way.

Sharing files between different versions
It is recommended that you upgrade to ensure that both users sharing files have the same version. When this is not possible, here are a few tips:

Version 2.0 and 3.0 can directly read any file created by either Windows or Macintosh versions of 1.0. However, version 1.0 cannot open 2.0 or 3.0 files. To exchange files with someone who has 1.0 , you must do a Save As in another file format. Try RTF for Word Processing documents, SYLK for Spreadsheets and DIF or TEXT for Databases. Use EPSF or PICT for Graphics documents.

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