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Q: Need to view a CWK file ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Need to view a CWK file
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: drappier-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 28 Jun 2003 19:30 PDT
Expires: 28 Jul 2003 19:30 PDT
Question ID: 223016
I need a utility that allows me to view a file with a .cwk extension
on my Windows machine (received via email). CWK, I believe, is an
Apple format (Clarisworks). I only need a viewer, there is no need for
a conversion or editing.

Request for Question Clarification by sublime1-ga on 28 Jun 2003 19:49 PDT

If this is a text file, and you just want to read the text
content, you can likely open it with Notepad in order to 
accomplish this. Would you like instructions on how to set
your system up to accomplish this? If so, please say what
operating system you're currently using.


Clarification of Question by drappier-ga on 28 Jun 2003 19:59 PDT
sublime1 -

thank you for your interest.

I tried Notepad, Wordpad, and Word, and just get gibberish. So it's
not a text file, I'm afraid.
Subject: Re: Need to view a CWK file
Answered By: tisme-ga on 28 Jun 2003 20:43 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello drappier, 

CWK could actually also be an Appleworks file. I do believe that
Appleworks replaced Clarisworks, but a Clarisworks converter might not
do it for you because it could be saved in a format developed after
the demise of Clarisworks.

Unfortunately, there is no "free" viewer available, except for the
Method that I listed at the bottom, which would require you to gain
access to a Macintosh Computer. The only viewer that I was able to
come up for Windows is one that is still in development: A
viewer running in Windows would have to be able to read the Macintosh
AppleWorks format, at which point it would only take an additional
tiny step to make such a "viewer" a "converter". I was not able to
locate an application that "renders" an AppleWorks document without
giving the user the ability to convert it to another format.

===Method 1===
I did find a third party application that will let you convert a
ClarisWorks/Appleworks file on your Windows machine. You can find
detailed information about the conversions possible here (see bottom):

The program does cost $69.95 and you can download it immediately after
paying here:
This program is highly recommended by various websites on the

===Method 2===
Another way to do this would be to use a third party service to
convert all the files for you. Here is a link to a service that will
do this for you (minimum cost appears to be $27 plus $5 per MB
emailed). If you do use this service, you should zip up the files to
save some money. This might also be a good idea if you do not believe
that you will need this functionality in the future.

"While we do guarantee that we can convert your files (or else we
won’t charge you), we do not guarantee that your converted files will
retain all the features of your originals."
Here is the link to this service:

===Method 3===
Most new Apple computers should be able to open the file in AppleWorks
(which should be installed on any Macintosh computer shipped in the
last few years). If you are able to access a Macintosh computer with
Appleworks, save the file in RTF or Text Format and then import it to
the application of your choice such as Word on Windows.

I hope one of these methods will help you convert these files. Please
let me know if you run into any problems, or if you require any
clarifications to this answer. I will do my best to further assist you
as best as I can.


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drappier-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thank you, tisme. Not exactly the answer I was hoping for, but I did
my own research and have to agree with your conclusions.

Subject: Re: Need to view a CWK file
From: sutho-ga on 15 Jul 2004 08:11 PDT
Apple also make a PC version of Appleworks. Mainly for Universities
and students. You could probably get a very cheap copy on ebay.
Subject: Re: Need to view a CWK file
From: olamoree-ga on 11 Jan 2005 12:08 PST
I read on an Apple site that in order to "read" a .cwk document file on a
PC, you must......

"Want to share your AppleWorks document with the world and have them see
it just as you intended? Or for them to view it without changing the file?
Thanks to the advanced Quartz graphics system in Mac OS X, simply save the
print preview and you automatically create a document in PDF format. Then
anyone with Adobe Acrobat Reader - or Mac OS X - can view what you made."

Hope this helps.....

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