iWorks or another word processor?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by r-sparks, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. r-sparks macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2006
    I work as a full-time writer and am in the process of switching to Mac.

    I'm looking for a half-decent word processor. I've investigated NeoOffice but it's just too much for what I need. Microsoft Office is out because it's made by Microsoft (I'm switching to get away from MS!).

    I was hoping for an iWorks 07 announcement in the keynote, but nothing came about. iWorks is perhaps my best bet but its concentration on page layout is a little grating. I just want something to enter words. I've also investigated using TextEdit, but that's a little TOO simple.

    Any recommendations are welcome. I'm guess what I really want is a text editor with ambitions of being a word processor, but which isn't complicated. I'm prepared to pay for software.
  2. bozigle macrumors regular

    Well i do have iWork and OO,
    I consider page more like a very light version of Quark Xpress (Edition)
    and OO as a way to write my document very much like MS-Office.
    As a professional writer you'll probably better off with OO.

  3. amiga macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2006
    I guess well have to wait and see how soon iWork 07 will be released, I'm hoping that it will mature enough in this revision for me to retire Office: Mac X so I can also get away from MS :)
  4. elppa macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
  5. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Appleworks has a nice word processor. Unfortunately Apple no longer support it but you can probably pick up a copy on eBay. :cool:

  6. DStaal macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Depending on what you want, there are a couple of products that are designed especially for that market. Nisus Writer has been mentioned, but Jer's Novel Writer is probably also worth a look.

    A little more on the 'Text Editor' side is TextWrangler or it's big brother BBEdit. Both have a fairly simple interface, if you just ignore what you'll never need. (And I find writing in HTML works well, but that's me.) They can also handle raw LaTeX editing, which might work for you as well.

    Of course, there are easier LaTeX editors as well. TeXShop turned up with a quick Google search, but there might be better ones out there...
  7. kastorff macrumors regular


    Oct 7, 2006
  8. r-sparks thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 1, 2006
    OK, thanks for the suggestions. Nisus Writer Express looks ideal and is only $40 to boot. :)

    I also looked at Mariner Write but rejected it because the font rendering was a little odd. One thing that attracted me to OS X was the good font rendering (better than Windows or Linux, anyway), but why is it that some apps just can't get it right? Even iWork 05, that came with my notebook, gets some fonts a bit wrong at smaller point sizes -- parts of some letters are cropped off etc.
  9. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    i was told that TeXShop is very good for writing big documents....so you might want to look at it
  10. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    I'm not a professional writer, but I did use TeXShop for my dissertation (150+ pages) and it worked like a charm. It's not exactly a word processor, though, and you may not want to learn LaTeX. It's up to you. I do like Pages, and it's what I use for most of my scientific writing these days, when LaTeX is overkill.
  11. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    Covington, WA, USA
    AppleWorks' word processor has a lot more features that it's ever been given credit for. Even though I love Pages, there are quite a few things that have always been easier to do in AppleWorks or ClarisWorks. I can do what I need to in Pages, but a new version of iWork is the only thing I was really looking forward to from Macworld.

    But if you're looking for good font rendering, stay away from AppleWorks. Even though AppleWorks has run in OS X since 2001, it really is an OS 8/9 application & does not take advantage of most of the "bells & whistles" of OS X.
  12. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    If you've only seen iWork '05 you might want to try the current version -- it took care of some of the font issues you describe.

    For many projects, I use TextEdit for mass writing (it's fast and stays out of the way), and Pages for the finished product. Another option to consider.

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