Word Processors

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by TheFallGuy, Apr 28, 2005.

  1. TheFallGuy macrumors member


    Aug 20, 2003
    I'm looking for an alternative to MS Word for writing. I plan on doing all sorts of writing with it - papers, letters, manuscripts, etc. Does anybody know of an alternative to Word that would suit me?
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    there are plenty of alternatives out there

    Pages (to an extent)

    check out VersionTraker.com and do a search for word processors and you will get a lot of different results

    for me though word works the best
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    I'm happy with Pages at the moment, but I evaluated Mellel a while back as an alternative to AppleWorks. I never made that jump, but the application looked very promising and is still being developed quite actively.
  4. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    Mellel is nice too.. $39 for normal users, $29 for educational, and $59 for a family 5 pack
  5. TheFallGuy thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 20, 2003

    I've heard of Mellel before. For those of you who use it how does it scroll (when you type and get to the bottom of the document does it give a little white space at the bottom, or does it give a page of white space)?

    Is there any way to fix that in Word?

    I'll check out versiontracker. Thanks.
  6. Abulia macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2004
    Kushiel's Scion
    Out of curosity, why not Word? Don't like it/cost/hate MS? All of the above? :)

    I ask because I'm a professional writer and Word on the Mac is simply the best word processing program I've ever used on a computer.

    Yes, you can change the whitespace handling in Word. You're in Print Layout view which replicates what the document would look like on a piece of paper. Try Normal View for just text and no page/space formatting.
  7. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    For the best compatibility without buying MS Office, you should get NeoOffice/J. Free and constantly being updated.
  8. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    neooffice is the biggest ram hog i have ever seen. last time i tried it took me about 45 seconds just to start the dang thing on a G4 1.33ghz powerbook. multiple times. no other app performs that badly either, everything else works like butta.

    i use word and Mellel (great app btw, i love it)
  9. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
    I have both Pages and Word

    I use word in some classes because i still can't figure out if pages has an outline mode :/

    Pages i use for other things
  10. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    There's no arguing that it's slow. Mellel is quite fast. However, Mellel's compatibility is questionable at best and it isn't free. Too much brushed metal for me too.

    Actually you should re-check out NeoOffice/J though. Within the past few months, it's gotten exponentially faster. Still not Mr. Efficient, but hopefully on its way there.

  11. nekkets macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2004
    i have both pages and words. Somehow I prefer pages...
  12. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    i won't try it until they actually make a full fledged port to os x. sorry, none of this java blah blah blah garbage they're pulling in neooffice. it's one fugly application. I have word and mellel.

    fundamentally the argument that mellel isn't free is kinda bogus. just about any decent word processor is going to be costly. openoffice is not bad in windows, but it's lacking in consistancy and pizzaz for sure. so is word for windows though.

    i just like mellel though, each person will have their own opinion. i use word for most of my work, i had mellel before i bought word ($45 through college)
  13. solvs macrumors 603


    Jun 25, 2002
    LaLaLand, CA
    Why not just use TextEdit?

    Works fine for me.
  14. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    Pages is purrrfect (for what I do: term papers, poetry). :)
  15. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

    Apr 19, 2005
    if you just want to do creative writing... i HIGHLY recommend using a Wiki..

    i use VoodooPad Pro for my creative writing needs. totally kicks butt and allows me to jump all over :p
  16. Duff-Man macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2002
    Albuquerque, NM
    Duff-Man says...nobody has mentioned AbiWord yet - another viable (and free) alternative....oh yeah!

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