|Dec 13, 2012, 08:08 PM||#1|
Office for Mac or Parallels or VM Fusion - Help Please
I'm new to the apple/mac world and in the last couple of months have got an iPad 2nd generation, iPhone 4 and most recently a new iMac 21.5 inch 2011 (MC812) as preferred to have built in optical drive. I previously had a Windows XP PC that is about 10 years old. I have copied all my files from my old PC to the new mac manually as was having trouble with Migration Assistant recognising my external Seagate HDD. I am now unsure what to do about accessing/working on old files from my PC (mainly MS Word and Excel 2002 version I think). Should I go for Parallels or Fusion or simply opt for MS Office for Mac? I am currently leaning towards Office as I don't really think I need a windows virtual machine on my mac, but am open to advice on this. One other option I am considering is Apple's iWork instead of Office as I believe that you can save files in Office format.
I currently have OS X Lion on my new mac and was also wondering whether it is worth upgrading to Mountain Lion. I have read a few threads saying that Bootcamp will not work with XP. Also, I should point out that I do not have the windows XP discs as my PC came with XP pre-installed.
Finally, I have a Lexmark X1290 Printer. Will this work with the mac?
Sorry, I know that there are a lot of questions in there but you help would be very much appreciated.
|Dec 14, 2012, 12:14 AM||#2|
If you will just be doing some light viewing/editing of Word files, I'd just go with the free LibreOffice.
If you need MS Office for work, I'd go with the Office for Mac. Unless you already have a copy of Windows lying around, the VM route will cost quite a bit more. ($100 for an OEM copy of Win 7 + $50 for VM Fusion/$80 for Parallels + MS Office).
I have no personal experience with iWork, but I have read that it's not a great alternative if you're going to be working with a lot of Office files - though it does support them.
It is possible to install XP on a second partition without the aid of Boot Camp, but you may have a hard time finding the Boot Camp drivers since XP is no longer supported.
Yes, your printer will work. OS X will find the drivers over the Internet when you plug it into your Mac or when you find it on the network if it's a network printer.
|Dec 14, 2012, 01:55 AM||#3|
As for using iWork with MS Office files, it isn't the best.
I used to use Pages for Word files (.doc and newer .docx), but occasionally the formatting would get messed up and/or font compatibility windows would pop up, and I had enough one day and bought Office for Mac.
Granted, Pages is far cheaper than Word (and Office as it comes bundled), but if compatibility issues will be a problem for you, I'd suggest picking up Office for Mac.
|Dec 14, 2012, 06:42 AM||#4|
Rileyx2 and Stoobie Mcdoobie thanks for your reponse.
I am definitely leaning towards Office now. I am assuming it will read/write to old Word and Excel files created in an old windows version of Office?
Re the printer, I tried connecting it last night but the mac didn't appear to "see" it, but I will try again.
Finally, any thoughts on whether it is worth the money to upgrade to Mountain Lion?
|Dec 14, 2012, 07:21 AM||#5|
You shouldnt face too many issues with OFM2011 but if your existing excell files have a lot of macros, some of these may not work on the mac side despite macro's & VBA added into OFM2011.
You can download OFM2011 trial from here
This will be your best port of call. You can see for yourself then. :-)
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|Dec 14, 2012, 09:47 AM||#6|
I'd go with Office for Mac.
Background: I use a Mac with Office 2008 and 2011 for most of my work and teach Office 2010 for Windows at a local college, so I'm well acquainted with both sides. I run Office 2010 under Parallels on my Mac, because I have to know exactly where to find things when I prepare for a class, and the interfaces are a bit different. (Windows Office is all ribbons; Mac uses menus for several things and doesn't have the "Backstage View" concept to replace the File menu.) In terms of functionality they're 100% compatible. I have some fairly hairy VBA programs originally written for Excel 2007 (Windows); they run fine in Excel 2011 (Mac) except for some interface element size differences. There may be incompatibilities there that I happen not to have hit, I can't say, but I doubt they'll be a factor in normal use.
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