iWork vs. Office 2004

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iWork vs. Office 2004

  1. iWork '05

    16 vote(s)
    27.1%
  2. Office 2004

    43 vote(s)
    72.9%
  1. SuperSnake2012 macrumors 6502a

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    Which one do you guys like better? The fact that iWork costs $50 and Office costs $150 makes me want iWork a little more :D
     
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Can't I mix and match? I'll take Keynote, Word, and Excel.
     
  3. Bear macrumors G3

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    It depends on what you need it for. I find Pages quite useful.
     
  4. TDM21 macrumors 6502a

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    This is a really difficult pole to answer. In some ways, iWork is better because it has Keynote for presentations and Pages for light desktop publishing. On the other side, you have Word, which is the standard, and Excel. For now I have to go with Office since it is more friendly in the Windows world. Ask again after a few revisions of iWork and see what every one thinks.
     
  5. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    I only ever use the word processor in any office suite. I have come to really love Abiword and even just use TextEdit many times. TE has spell check from the os and all the basic tools needed for simple word processing.
     
  6. maxterpiece macrumors 6502a

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    office 2k4

    I tried Pages 30 day sample on my ibook 1.33ghz w/ 1gb ram and it just felt unbearably slow. That's not to say that office is fast. In fact, I find it annoyingly slow as well, but it is definitely usable. I don't do powerpoint/keynote stuff, so i cant speak on that, and I do use and am satisfied with excel, but there is no iWork equivalent.

    I type about 80 wpm, so it's important to me that my WP keeps up.
     
  7. Epicurus macrumors 6502

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    How about Keynote, Excel, and LaTeX... That works wonders:D
     
  8. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a

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    I said Office because it is such an essential for college students. Professors expect you to have Word and PowerPoint, and it's nice and easy to send files to friends. Besides, iWork has only two programs, Office has four that I use quite often.
     
  9. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    I will never use Office willingly again.

    Thank you Apple. Thank you.
     
  10. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Actually, for most people, iWork is $79 and Office is $499. Is Office more than six time better than iWork? I don't think so...
     
  11. maxterpiece macrumors 6502a

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    True, however i bought mine with edu price plus it was subsidized by my school. Cost me $25.
     
  12. mwpeters8182 macrumors 6502

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    Until iWork comes with a spreadsheet program, Office will be necessary for me. I don't do a lot of work in Excel, but there's the occasional doc I need excel for, and that OpenOffice chokes on.
     
  13. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Can anyone say Open Office?
    Then you can buy iWork (which is cheaper than Office), but still have both "Microsoft" Office, and iWork.
    PS - I don't have Open Office (So I really don't know why I just recommended it) but has anyone here used it before, if so how do you like it?
    You'll need something that can read/write Microsoft Word files, it has just become the standard for the World (unfortunately).
     
  14. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    iWork does a pretty good job both opening Word files and exporting to Word docs. In fact, if it's text you're interested in, TextEdit does a fine job opening Word files.

    BTW, OpenOffice for the Mac still requires X11.
     
  15. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Hardly fair to compare the two but never mind. I chose Office simply because it is more productive for me and better suited to my needs. :)
     
  16. GFLPraxis macrumors 604

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    Keynote > PowerPoint
    Pages [​IMG] Word
    Excel > Nothing


    Pages and Word each have their strengths and weaknesses. Keynote is pretty much outright superior to PowerPoint. But nothing matches Excel.
     
  17. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    There is an OpenOffice program called NeoOfficeJ, it doesn't require X11, however, it has more the look and feel of a Windows *spit*
     
  18. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    Best comparison I've seen in a while.
     
  19. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    Even with the $100 price differential, I would go with MS Office. Despite Word being maligned and even reviled by some, it has become a de facto standard for millions and that cannot be casually dismissed. Old habits and widespread compatibility tip the scales for many users.
     
  20. Sic macrumors 6502

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    also went for office.

    although i've been having problems with it recently. gets stuck loading and makes me need to reboot :( think i'll give it a reinstall later as it's been fine so far
     
  21. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    I think iWork is not yet a complete productivity suites as it does not have spread sheet program. I have iWork but I end up using Office X most of the time because Word is one strong word processing program (for some, it gets too complicated as MS piles on features and add ons).

    By the way, if you save your work in Page in a native format, can Windose's PC can open it? I like the intuitive desktop publishing features of Page; but, if the page layout you set up in Page cannot be viewed by Window's machines, that would be a problem. I use my Mac for making marketing brochures and materials even though my company uses Windows XP for all of its employees' PCs.
     
  22. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I wouldn't dismiss Office casually. I would dismiss it with prejudice.

    And the real price difference is $420 for most people.
     
  23. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Once again: Pages documents can be exported to Word documents. Word documents can be imported into Pages. If your objective is the complete preservation of formatting and layout, then Word won't work for you either, unless you want to stick with Ariel and New Times Roman -- and I don't know any designer who'd put up with that. For the preservation of format you need pdf, which of course, you've got with Pages.
     
  24. Loge macrumors 68020

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    I agree. Excel is certainly better than nothing. ;)
     
  25. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    AbiWord is similar -- essentially a freeware Word clone. Yuck.
     

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