Advice on Excel question

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by JAXE MAC, Dec 14, 2006.

  1. JAXE MAC macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,
    I recently switched over to the wonderful world of Mac and have no plans of switching back. I bought a standard macbook and everything has been great so far.
    I do have one difficulty coming up. Next quarter, I'm taking a statistics class that is requiring the use of Excel and it's statistical analysis add-on. So far in school, I've been able to get away with using neo-office or other shareware programs (as an aside, the robustness of shareware Mac applications has been a pleasant surprise) to avoid buying Office for Mac. I do have a copy of XP and Office XP for Windows but I've avoided loading bootcamp and XP or buying parallels and loading XP because I like the way OS X has handled everything.
    I guess my options are:
    1. Load bootcamp, XP, and Office on my macbook
    (+) free to me
    (-) major bloat on my system, PITA to switch to bootcamp for one program
    2. Buy parallels, load XP and Office
    (+) more convienent
    (-) cost and bloat
    3. Buy Office for Mac
    (+) convenience, decent programs though use limited
    (-) cost, was hoping instead to buy iWorks because Keynote kicks ass
    4. Other???? Am I missing anything?

    Thanks for your responses!!! :)
     
  2. akadmon macrumors 68010

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    If all you want to do is run Office, I'd go with Parallels. Not sure what you mean by bloat. You can probably set up a basic Windows+Office VM for under 3GB.

    I would definitely not go with Office for Mac today. Wait till Fall of next year -- that's when the new native version will come out (at least that's the word from MS). Hopefully it will have all the latest bells & whistles found in the current Windows version.
     
  3. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    CrossOver Mac
    This is your solution. It is free to try in the beta form for 60 days, then you will need to spend $39.95 to "pre-order" the final release.

    I am using this solution as I too need Excel in ways that OpenOffice cannot help me with.

    Office XP works well through CrossOver, I haven't had many problems. I also have Photoshop 7 working.

    I am planning on buying Office:Mac next year (June/July) when the new, UB version is released.
     
  4. JAXE MAC thread starter macrumors newbie

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    You're right! That is my solution. Man, what did people do before internet forums?
    Now I just need to time it out so that my free 60 day trial coincides with my 10 week quarter for school.

    As far as bloat, I guess 3 GB doesn't seem like too much on a 60 GB hard drive, but just to use part of one program's application, it feels a little heavy.

    Thanks for the speedy and completely enlightening responses!
     
  5. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    OK I am not saying you should do this but I am just putting the facts out there.

    If you remove CrossOver and then reinstall it starts your 60 days over again. I found this because the first time I installed it and then tried to install Office XP it didn't work right. About a month later I decided to completely uninstall and reinstall as a last hope effort not to have to buy Office again. After the reinstall Office installed correctly and the 60 days started over.
     
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