Microsoft Office vs Appleworks

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ChazLM, Feb 22, 2005.

  1. ChazLM macrumors newbie

    ChazLM

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    I've been pc/office. I'm switching to an apple powerbook and want to know if it's worth paying for microsoft office. Is Appleworks a comparable product? I won't be using it for business, mainly letters w/ pictures. Is the spreadsheet capability of Appleworks close to Excel? I do like using macros to preform tasks in Excel.

    Thanks for your feedback! :confused:

    Chaz
     
  2. dcollierp macrumors member

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    Appleworks does not come on the new powerbooks. Before you spend money on Appleworks, which by the way does not hold a candle to MS Office, try NeoOffice/J. It's open source and is very similar to MS Office for Windows (think Office 98). http://www.neooffice.org/
     
  3. Eevee macrumors 6502a

    Eevee

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    Eventhough I have a PB, I only use Office and BARELY touch appleworks. In the scientific field, almost everyone uses office, and thus, it's difficult to transfer documents, data, etc using appleworks w/ other scientist.

    And as dcollierp pointed out, it's not free.

    My recommendation is to get the office.
     
  4. unfaded macrumors 6502

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    As said above, Office. Until iWork gets a spreadsheet, it's the only thing to use, in my opinion.
     
  5. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

    Mechcozmo

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    Office is the best. Better than the once for Windows, even. It's nice. Appleworks.... well, sucks.


    No idea about iWork yet.
     
  6. bigandy macrumors G3

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    office. appleworks doesnt even get off the grid.

    and it's better than the windoze version too which is cool :rolleyes:
     
  7. Rantipole macrumors 6502

    Rantipole

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    Well, if you really do stick to just letters w/pictures, Appleworks should be fine.

    But, if you do anything except the most very basic spreadsheet functions, you should go with Office. I agree with those above: the Appleworks spreadsheet is pathetic.
     

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