Apple 'retires' AppleWorks
Ye Olde Appe dropped for brand spanking new iWork 08
Apple has finally put its venerable AppleWorks integrated productivity software application - a package it hasn't updated for more than three years - out to pasture.
According to a MacWorld UK report, Apple's dealers were notified of the move last week, and with the arrival of a new version of the iWork suite with a spreadsheet package, AppleWorks disappeared from Apple's main applications webpage. The old AppleWorks URL, www.apple.com/appleworks now redirects to the AppleWorks support page.
AppleWorks was last updated by Apple more than three years ago, in January 2004, when it released a series of patches for the Mac OS X, classic Mac OS and even the Windows version of the product.
Apple's AppleWorks 6 for Mac OS X
The app as we know it today - there was also an Apple II AppleWorks way, way back - was originally launched as ClarisWorks in 1991, a year after Apple spun Claris out as an independent entity. The Windows version followed two years later, in 1993. In 1998, Apple took ClarisWorks back, then at version 5, and Claris transformed into FileMaker, to focus on its most popular app.
Apple renamed the app AppleWorks and began bundling the Mac version with its consumer-oriented machines. AppleWorks 6 was released early in 2000.
AppleWorks for Mac OS 9
Integrated applications like AppleWorks and MicrosoftWorks evolved as all-on-one apps that offered the same features as standalone office applications. Microsoft's move to bundle Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other apps in a single package made buying full-scale productivity apps less onerous, particularly once the suite's price began to plummet, and demand for the less functional integrated apps waned. They exist now mainly as cheap apps for PC makers to bundle.
They're establishing precedent so they can sue iNTEL. Once iNTEL is crushed, they'll buy the remaining IP and use the "inside" TradeMark to force us all out of our homes, vehicles and offices with an injunction order. Then world domination will be complete. Bwa-ha-ha-ha!!
More history than you could ever want to know about ClarisWorks
Appleworks for the Apple II was originally launched in 1984 not 1991 as the article suggests. It was written by Robert Lissner and released in 1984 by Apple for the Apple II family of computers. Apple released version 2.0 in 1986, and then a year later the program was published by Apple's new software subsidiary Claris. Claris upgraded AppleWorks to version 3.0 in 1989, then turned its attention to producing Macintosh and Windows software, letting AppleWorks languish. Claris did, however, finally agree to license the AppleWorks trademark to Quality Computers, which released AppleWorks 4.0 in 1993 and AppleWorks 5.0 in 1994.
About time too
Well damn, I'm amazed it was still available. Appleworks was way past its sell-by date 7 or 8 years ago. Nowadays it's just a dinosaur.
You wanna bet there'll be an outcry from a bunch of old-school mac users?
Ahh the memories
I remember using Claris works in school. There was always a fight over the coloured macs instead of the old black and white mac classics so that you could open the drawing program and draw a big circle and colour it a really funky orangey blue colour (the colour kinda moved form orange to blue the closer to the center you got). That was really cool when I was about 12!