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    iWork Vs MS Office mac
    I've been banging on about ordering my first mac ever for about a week now.

    The wife works for NHS so I'm getting about 6 or 7% discount on it. But I've also just bought MS Office 08 for mac as the wife got it for 17 with her NHS discount.

    I'm wondering whether to add iWork to the order for 50?

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    How much does the school sell it for? The 6-7% discount is not exactly that earth shattering.

    If you are into saving money then go ahead and use the discount, or not purchase iWork at all. I would however download the trial version and test it out before buying it. Link here.

    Keynote by itself is well worth the £50, to me at least.

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    I know 7% is pretty crap, it's just on the Apple Store site for NHS staff. Not bad when you're buying an iMac though. £65 is not to be sniffed at.

    But the office software is not from the apple store, it's from Microsoft themselves I think.

    BTW the NHS is our national health service in the UK which you guys have been slating in the US since Obama mentioned plans to have a public health service over there.

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    I very much prefer iWork over Office for Mac for one reason : Keynote.

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    If you already have MS Office 2008 there is no point in purchasing iWork. Keynote is not that much better than Powerpoint and most business offices and universities are pretty much standardized using MS Office software.

    The old adage that you couldn't go wrong with purchasing IBM also works well when it come to MS Office. Like it or not, it's the industry standard just about everywhere.

    Regards.

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    I have both iWork 08 and Ms Office 08, but I hardly ever use iWork anymore since my computers at work run windows.

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    If you want to run macros in excel then both iWork and ms office for do not cater for this, that said ms office for mac 2004 does work with macros. iWork will open all files and export as ms formats and it is more colourful and has more templates than the ms version . Hope this helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by flapjack View Post
    If you want to run macros in excel then both iWork and ms office for do not cater for this, that said ms office for mac 2004 does work with macros. iWork will open all files and export as ms formats and it is more colourful and has more templates than the ms version . Hope this helps
    Well, as long as the macros are written to work in Office 97, because both it and Office 2004 are written with VB 5, whereas Office 2000/2002/2003 are written with VB 6. Makes a big difference in being able to run many of the VBA commands.
    Mellel 3, NWP 2, Scrivener 2.3.1, Tinderbox 5.11.2
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    Get iWork '09. You can view all your MS '08 Files on it. You might want to keep Excel (if you use it) 'cause numbers '09 kinda sucks.

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    you might want to check out Neo office. Its free and does just about everything.

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