iWork '08 Quit Unexpectedly

One user tried to install iWork 08 on a Mac Pro running Tiger. After installation, none of the applications worked. The applications crashed right after we tried to open them. Here is part of the crash report.

Thread 0 Crashed:

0   com.apple.Foundation        0x9282b45f _NSRaiseError + 227

1   com.apple.Foundation        0x92852247 +[NSException raise:format:] + 57

2   com.apple.Foundation        0x9285208c _NSArrayRaiseInsertNilException + 75

3   com.apple.Foundation        0x927e023d -[NSCFArray addObject:] + 123

4   com.apple.AppKit            0x9344051c -[NSSpellChecker init] + 564

5   com.apple.AppKit            0x9344025d +[NSSpellChecker sharedSpellChecker] + 76

6   com.apple.iWork.Keynote     0x00003c67 0x1000 + 11367

7   com.apple.Foundation        0x927f05c4 -[NSSet makeObjectsPerformSelector:] + 164

8   com.apple.AppKit            0x9326d6a6 -[NSIBObjectData nibInstantiateWithOwner:topLevelObjects:] + 1015

9   com.apple.AppKit            0x932649ad loadNib + 26010  com.apple.AppKit            0x932643d9 +[NSBundle(NSNibLoading) _loadNibFile:nameTable:withZone:ownerBundle:] + 91811  com.apple.AppKit            0x9326403a +[NSBundle(NSNibLoading) loadNibFile:externalNameTable:withZone:] + 164

12  com.apple.AppKit            0x93263f7c +[NSBundle(NSNibLoading) loadNibNamed:owner:] + 392

13  com.apple.iWork.Keynote     0x0000370f 0x1000 + 9999

14  com.apple.iWork.Keynote     0x000036a5 0x1000 + 9893

15  com.apple.iWork.Keynote     0x0004cd3a 0x1000 + 310586

16  com.apple.iWork.Keynote     0x0004cc61 0x1000 + 310369

I found some sources suggesting possible causes for this problem. It could be caused by 3rd party spell checker or corrupted system cache. There’s no spell checker installed, so I downloaded Onyx (free) to delete the system cache. After cleaning up and I rebooted the computer. iWork finally started to work. Yeah!


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  • My guess would be that you are missing or have a duplicate font. Use “Font Book” to vailadate your fonts. Remove any duplicates and add any missing.

  • amida168


    That’s an interesting thought. I will try it next time.

  • Gordon Freeman

    Thanks for the solution, I even had to use free online spell checker before I found this one solution. Maybe it would be useful: http://www.spellchecker.net/spellcheck/