iWork question.

Discussion in 'OS X' started by amycishere, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. macrumors 6502

    #1
    I saw in the tutorial that you can change the paper into a word document to work with PCs and make powerpoint presentations as well. This would save me $100 if true. Should I try iworks first and the free application neo office before I spend the $150 on Office? I have heard it runs slow and right now I only plan on buying 1 GB of memory.

    Thanks.
    Amy
     
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    WillJS

    #2
    On some apps.. you can:

    File-->Export-->Into its compatible Word, Excel, etc file type. It won't open on the Mac, but move to a PC w/ Office and it will.

    True to what jsw said. I was just referring to save as Word doc and Pages doc.
     
  3. jsw
    Moderator emeritus

    jsw

    #3
    Yes, you can export it to Word format, which will read on a PC.

    Also, it (the export in Word format) will re-open in Pages, so it's not like you can't open it back up.
     
  4. macrumors regular

    #4
    And yes, you can export keynote to powerpoint presentations. Be warned, tho, that if you do any effects, it will export the most approximate version of that effect- so if you have dissolves or move ins or anything, the powerpoint version will not look as good.

    It's a handy tool that i've used a few times- and each time it reminds me how ugly and unwieldy powerpoint is.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

    #5
    I'll just chime in and say:

    1. Pages makes perfect Word documents as far as I can tell.

    2. Keynote is easier to use than Powerpoint and looks 5 times nicer. I've had no problem exporting Keynote presentations in the PPT format.
     
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    #6
    Thank you everyone!!! Seriously, you guys saved me 100 dollars. THANK YOU!
     
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    Yvan256

    #7
    If I may add a nice tip about showing Keynote presentations on a Windows computer: export your Keynotes as "Quicktime presentations". You'll keep all your effects and Quicktime will pause and wait for a key press between slides just like Keynote would in display/presentation mode.
     
  8. jsw
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    jsw

    #8
    This works beautifully - just beware that the file sizes can be enormous, and you'll need QT Pro if you want to go fullscreen (IIRC).
     
  9. macrumors 6502

    #9
    Great tip, thanks! Will definitely use!
     
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    Eraserhead

    #10
    Why that isn't in the free version i don't know, at least with QT7 it's not nagware anymore :rolleyes:.
     
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    dpaanlka

    #11
    I would guess Apple wants people to use iTunes, because that does play video full screen.
     
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    compuwar

    #12
    NeoOffice is good, but it'll run a bit slower than Office- normally not a big deal. Since it's free, what reason would you have for not trying it?
     
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    dpaanlka

    #13
    Because it's ugly, clumsy, and also slow?
     
  14. macrumors 601

    compuwar

    #14
    I've yet to see a pretty spreadsheet :p
    A word processor is pretty-much a word processor, and slide software is pretty-much slide software, I don't think it's that much less ugly than Office. Anyway- the OP can't judge for themselves how ugly, clumsy or slow without trying it. :p
     
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    dpaanlka

    #15
    Then you haven't used Pages or Keynote very much.

    Well, it's not that much uglier than Office, true.

    Well obviously. Nobody said they couldn't. But I gave you possible reasons for why someone might not want to. Just because something is free doesn't mean there is nothing to lose (wasted time, for example).
     

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