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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Jan 12, 2008
    Word processing software
    What is the best for IMAC. I am used to word from PC but not sure if I should buy pages or Office for mac. What are the advantages of each? If I get pages can I send documents to people that do not use that program? Thanks for your suggestions.

  2. #2

    Member Since
    Apr 22, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    2010 Macbook Pro, 8g RAM, iPhone 6, iPad Mini, Apple TV
    You could always use the free Neo Office. Works with all document types. Has all the features of Word, etc. and is compatible with just about anything.

  3. #3

    Member Since
    Jan 12, 2008
    I have used open office but it has been having problems the past few months and just gets hung up. I think it was an Apple update that messed with it.
    I have never tried Neo office, maybe I will try that.

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    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    The latest version of Open Office is now Mac Aqua desktop compatible. You no longer need to run X11.

    However, in my opinion, if you're used to running Word it might be a good idea to purchase the Student - Teacher version of Mac Office 2008 which includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Entourage. Amazon has it for $109.72 and free shipping. Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Student and Teacher [OLD VERSION]: Macintosh: Software


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    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac i5 2.7GHz, 16GB memory, OS 10.11.1.
    Office 2008 is the go particularly if your iMac is an Intel model, the avatar does not say. Also if you are at college or university, some lecturers may only accept work submitted in Office format.

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    Member Since
    May 20, 2004
    iMac 21" 8GB, MBP 15" 2.5 Penryn, 4 GB/180 GB
    Well, except that Office 2008 is not exactly like Office 2007; there will still be a slight learning curve. And if the OP wants VBA, then Office 2008 is out - VBA not supported.

    I have been using NeoOffice for some time (based on OO 2.4, but in January will be based on OO 3.0) and it is very solid, and is crafted to be Mac-like. I have also used OO 3.0 since it was in private beta, and I have never had a problem with it. A few Mac issues (not correct alignment display support), but overall a usable program

    And yes, I worked at a Fortune 50 company as an analyst for 8 years (until early this year), so I know what can be done on the Windows side for MS Office.
    Mellel 3, NWP 2, Scrivener 2.3.1, Tinderbox 5.11.2
    LibreOffice 3.6, Accordance 10.0, Adobe CS4, DTP 2.4.3
    OS X 10.8.2

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