Un-fucking Apple’s fucks

As Emilio rightly pointed out, the old iWork ’09 has been saved in a folder on your hard disk upon upgrading. All you have to do is:

  1. create a folder called iWork ’13, move the new Pages and Keynote into it
  2. copy Pages and Keynote ’09 back in your Apps directory
  3. delete the new Keynote and Pages icon from your dock and drag there the old ones
  4. right click one file with extension .key and .pages which you have NOT opened in the new versions yet, select “Get info”
  5. go to “Open with:” (last tab at the bottom)
  6. select from drop down menu “choose…” and go looking for the old Pages app
  7. click on “Change all”
  8. Restart your computer

Those files who you have corrupted will still require new Pages or Keynote, but when you find one, fire up the new apps, open the file and export it to iWork ’09. You will not recover the changes iWork ’13 has done to them , but at least you will now be able to redo them and continue using the file.

This is no panacea, as obviously these older versions are no longer supported by Apple, and eventually some change to the OS will break them forever, but at least they allow you to continue working as you transition to Microsoft Office.

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