As with other correspondents, I was a happy OS X Lion user who upgraded to Yosemite recently. Now, going on to Pages where I had numerous files totalling over 500 pages, I was informed that I needed to upgrade to a newer version (which I thought would come with the upgrade anyway). Selecting ‘OK’ I was informed that this had to be purchased from the US. Having eschewed the invitation, I found that most (but not all) of my files were now labelled ‘required index file missing’. Fortunately, I had backed up on a Seagate drive.
Please can you tell me why we are not informed prior to downloading ‘free’ updates that this will incur other costs? Why there seems to a random violation of my files? Why when opening Seagate I can access these files using default Pages 5.5.3 but not access them in Pages on my iMac? I would appreciate some
help, therefore I will refrain from what Yosemite has done to my photographic files, labouriously loaded from the original negatives over many, many months – some dating back 50 years! Raymond Waldie Alex Blake says… It’s disappointing to hear about this. Yes, it’s worrying when a software update means having to convert your existing files to open them. We’re relieved to know that you had a another drive backup.
When you open a document which was saved from the older version of Pages in the newer one, you should be asked to confirm that you want to update it to work with the latter. We’re unsure exactly why your Mac has behaved differently. However, a scout around online suggests that the error you see relates to your iMac containing the older version of Pages and trying to open a file in the newer format in it. If you right-click on a Pages document and move the pointer over Open With, do you see two versions of Pages listed in the menu? If the iMac contains the newer version of Pages too, you can set it to open all Pages documents in that version by right-clicking one such document, choosing Get Info, expanding ‘Open with’ and selecting the correct app, and then clicking the Change All button.