Apple Word

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    Oct 29, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    Got a MacBook Pro the first apple computer I've ever owned. Was wondering what the best word document was. Don't need lots of bells and whistles but easy to use and will not cause me a headache like Office did.
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    Oct 29, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    I used OpenOffice a long time ago and it sucked so hard. Even being free wasn't enough to make me use it. icon_lol.gif

    Just go to amazon.com and buy Office Home/Student version for $100. And be done with it. I don't know why people resist Microsoft products so much. Every now and then, they get something right. And Office is definitely one of those products.

    If you don't anticipate sharing document files with others, then you can pretty much use whatever you want. Even Google Docs. It does the basics quite well. But if you're in an academic/business environment where you'll be swapping/editing each other's files, then I'd suggest getting whatever everyone else uses. (probably Office). That way, you won't run into weird compatibility/formatting issues.
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    Oct 30, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    options:

    1. you have TextEdit on your computer already... down and dirty without many features.

    2. you can go 'all Apple' and buy iWork (Apple's 'Office') with integrated Pages word processor. i think you can also still buy Pages stand-alone or find it online

    3. OpenOffice (already mentioned)

    4. buy Student version of Microsoft Office for Mac. perfectly converts Office files from Windows version... as does Apple's Pages

    5. there are other very small market share options you can find by doing internet research... Mariner Write is still available http://www.marinersoftware.com/products/marinerwrite/
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    Oct 30, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    Apple Pages is an inexpensive full-featured word processor that beats MS Word in every way.

    Avoid bloated over-priced microshaft products. Hundreds of dollars every year for upgrades that cost less than a whole site license for iWork.

    There used to be all kinds of nice, compact beautiful word processing programs. Microshaft bought them up just to put them out of business and prevent competition with their buggy bloated crap.

    About five years ago, I finally stopped paying the MS ransom and started using the iWorks suite for business on four workstations. It saves me a thousand dollars a year, easy. And it's all far, far better than the corresponding "office" apps for producing reports and publications. (Numbers is still a bit buggy if you ask it to handle larger datasets, and it lacks a few features that I need. But the same is true of exHell.) I've never had a single compatibility issue. (Except animation disappears when exporting Keynote to PowerPoint. But why would anybody want to?) I still have MS Office installed, but haven't had any reason to open it for years.
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    Oct 30, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    I would agree with these guy about pages for the most part. The only problem is if you are trying to send a word document to someone it is a pain in the ass. You have to duplicate the document, save as, check word document, redefine whatever path in finder, then attach the copy. The annoying thing is whenever you edit the pages version or the word version they are two completely different documents so it won't save in both. Also it's annoying having duplicates of every document you want to send to someone else. Otherwise I love iWork.
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    Oct 30, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    I've used OpenOffice for years now. It does everything I need, but I can't say my needs are very sophisticated anyway. It's free, and it doesn't hurt to give it a try.
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    Oct 30, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
    Mention should also be made of Neo Office, which is Open Office, but written for Mac OS X exclusively. Haven't used it myself, but just putting the option out there.


    http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php
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    Oct 30, 2011 2:51 AM GMT
    I am a big mac fan and have been running macs exclusively since 2004. But having said that, I recently got a new mac book air and didn't want to upgrade my MS office, so I tried out Pages since it was only $20.

    I absolutely HATE Pages. I feel like I'm running a version of MS word from 1992, except that Pages is "smart" enough to auto-save over all of my templates and auto-resume half a dozen other documents I'm not working on every time I open it. (And believe me I have tried to turn off this "option.") It reeks of the one thing that Apple is actually bad about: over-simplification and over engineering.

    Now I'm not big on Microsoft as a corporation, but for someone who does a lot of hard core writing, text editing, and data analysis, I think I will stick to MS Excel and MS Word.
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    Oct 30, 2011 3:37 AM GMT
    westanimas saidI
    I absolutely HATE Pages. I feel like I'm running a version of MS word from 1992...


    This is actually the reason why I like Pages, though I do use both Pages and Word for different types of documents. westanimas hit the nail on the head, what type of writing you need to do will determine what type of word processing program you should use. If you don't "need lots of bells and whistles," then you will probably be happy with Pages.
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    Oct 30, 2011 3:42 AM GMT
    having used both ms office and ilife i LOVED pages the features are absolutely smart and beautiful! everything's so easy on it
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    Oct 30, 2011 6:30 AM GMT
    I don't believe there is a good one. I hate word, but it is the only one for word processing. I use InDesign myself for graphics and text.
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    Oct 30, 2011 10:21 AM GMT
    I have Office on my Macs. OpenOffice is good, but it's easier to have something that can directly convert to the Windows versions.
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    Oct 30, 2011 4:03 PM GMT
    Thanks guys, looks like I will look at open office or a MS Word program since I do a lot of scientific writing so don't need to move things around a lot. Will ask the apple guys which works best for converting files over and things like that.