Appleworks... should I get it?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by chibianh, Jan 10, 2002.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2001
    Hi. I am debating whether I should buy Appleworks. I'll mostly be using it to write reports and labs, etc... just school stuff. The thing is, I'll be exchanging documents between my computer and the school's computer, which uses microsoft Office. Does appleworks have a powerpoint type feature? Any reason why I shouldn't get Appleworks rather than Office?

  2. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    I don't know...

    I'm not sure if they are cross compatible or not...u may be able to find out with a posting on Apple's Support pages or even on

    if u know u can use the Office products at school, why not just get Microsoft Office instead?
  3. macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2001
    Santa Cruz Ca
    Much as I hate saying it.

    Office will present less problems.:eek:
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2001
    WestCost, USA
    go for it

    The newest verion of AppleWorks alows you to save your files in Office format. Even MS Works files! It will be a little more work to convert them and stuff... but it will save you a lot of money. AppleWorks 6 is kind of old now... I would guess that version 7 may come out soon. Also... if your looking for a cheeper solution. I would look into StarOffice from Sun. I beleave you can do all the same file conversions with MS stuff as you can in AppleWorks. There is a beta version of it out for OS X now. It has been arround for a long time for Linux and UNIX. Now its comming to The BSD baised OS X.

    I personaly use Office and Appleworks. I use Office most of the times and AppleWorks for when I just cant get it to look right in Office.
  5. macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2001

    If what you produce has to work in a Windows/Office world then your life will be easier with Office. The X version is very easy to use and all the output gets opened by the Windows Office without a hitch.

    The only reason to go with AppleWorks is cost, it is much cheaper. There are ways of useing the documents in Windows Office but it is not nontrivial.

    So, if it's cost - AppleWorks it does everything - even presentations.

    Compatibility in the windows world - then go with Office v.X

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