Good Free Text Program? (like Pages or MS Word.... only free?)

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Xander562, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. Xander562 macrumors 68000

    Xander562

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    Hey, i have a new mac but i dont have any programs to write papers on it. are there any suggestions for a free program?
     
  2. Applespider macrumors G4

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    You'll have TextEdit in your Apps folder which is a basic word processor - depends how 'fancy' you need your papers to be?
     
  3. iKwick7 macrumors 65816

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    I HIGHLY recommend neo office- it covers everything that ms office does, it's free, and it looks nice. :)


    http://www.neooffice.org/
     
  4. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    OpenOffice is good too. A lot of people here prefer NeoOffice since it doesn't require X11, but I like the X11 better as it is more up-to-date and sports a better interface. I personally use Pages, but I have OpenOffice around for the occasional spreadsheet.
     
  5. emotion macrumors 68040

    emotion

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    vi and latex. Old school (and looks nicer for papers).
     
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  7. godbout macrumors regular

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    I would go with NeoOffice or Abiword. They are free and open source. Also, you might be interested in some of the other great free software for OS X. Take a look here:

    http://www.opensourcemac.org/

    Enjoy!

    Edit: Wow that was a lot of replies fast! Anyways I would second LaTex (in the form of TexShop) if you are into that kind of thing... it is VERY valuable to learn and extremely powerful... if you are a physical scientist you essentially need to know how to typeset in LaTex.
     
  8. zim macrumors 65816

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    TextEdit, my favorite :) It uses the system spell check and dictionary. Has formating options, can open word, be used as a plain text editor for html, css, etc.. great little program.
     
  9. slackersonly macrumors 6502a

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    NeoOffice is great. I have sent 20-30 docs to PC/Word friends with any problems.
     
  10. Josh macrumors 68000

    Josh

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    I was just about to suggest that.

    Owned by Google, Writely is a web-based app for creating documents. It looks pretty neat, if you ask me.
     

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