Office for OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Voster20, Feb 10, 2004.

  1. Voster20 macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2004
    The school that I work at needs to be able to type using the characters of the Hebrew language. I am aware of other word processors other than Word that enable users to read and write Hebrew. Does anyone know if there are any plugins or language packages that would enable users to type Hebrew directly from Word?
  2. abhishekit macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    well.. if word does it then why dont you get MS office?
    I assume its MS word you are talking about..
  3. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    You might have to install the Hebrew language into OS X and then it should be enabled in Word. I'm just making that up but I think that's probably what you would have to do. The Hebrew language pack should be on the OS X CD's (I think).
  4. absurdio macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2003
    RI, Chi, and/or NY.
    Well, I'm not sure about Hebrew, but I do know that i'm pretty disillusioned with Word. I take Latin and I need only one, fairly simple accent. It is a macron. It goes on vowels. It is just a straight line. A dash above the letter. Very basic. It's used in editing, too, and in pronunciation keys. That is to say this: it is not for use only for Latin, nor is it totally unheard of. Word, however, despite being huge, doesn't have macrons. More than that, you can't GET them for Word, because Word doesn't support unicode. This is pretty worthless. For such a huge, expansive program to be so limited in scope is pretty absurd. So, like I say, I'm not sure about Hebrew, but be wary; just because Word is enormous doesn't at all mean that it is necessarily capable of doing what you need.

    Now the alternative I've started using, though I doubt it will help your case much, is OpenOffice, which is both free AND very good. It's comprehensive, comparable to Word, and does what I need much much better. And did I mention free? There's also NeoOffice, which is another version of OpenOffice that I need to try soon. So give those a shot if you want. I doubt they do Hebrew right off the bat, but it's probably very likely that you can get such a package for it. And besides, they're free, so even if they don't have what you want, you'll have lost nothing.

    Anyway, my advice is to just be wary of Word. Don't buy it unless you KNOW it can do everything you want.
  5. adeen_f macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2004
    No Hebrew available in Office X

    Microsoft doesn't support any Hebrew use in Office or IE for Mac. Even though OS X supports unicode, Microsoft won't write the few lines of code to enable hebrew support. Microsoft chose this course of action in order to eliminate any Apple grasp on the Israeli market. Apple use is very uncommon here as it is, and Microsoft plans to keep it that way.

    :( :(

Share This Page