Am I the only one who think that....

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by dangermou5e, Nov 8, 2009.

  1. dangermou5e macrumors member

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    Am I the only one who thinks that if iWork was made by Microsoft they would get slaughtered with abuse about how crap it is?

    I'm a new'ish mac user, got an iMac last July... And obviously I had to get a word processor with it because it's one of my main uses in my computer. I heard Office for Mac was terrible so I thought buying the Apple alternative may actually be better.

    It was only when I installed it that I realised how impossible it is to use. It has possibly the most un-intuitive interface ever, and to bring up the boxes to do things like, change a font or make a table, it took me about 15 minutes to realise how, not including the time to Google it.

    I'll save you from my ramblings and stop now :p

    Can someone PLEASE recommend a word processor (don't care about presentations or spreadsheets, never use them), that doesn't make me want to regret that I bought a mac?

    Peace :cool:
     
  2. celticpride678

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    I used Microsoft Office 2008 on my Mac for a few months and got tired of it. Since then, I have been using NeoOffice 3.0.1. It works wonderful; easy to use too.

    If you just want a word processor, I recommend Bean for Mac.
     
  3. macjram macrumors 6502a

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  4. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Um, as with any new software vs being used to the previous way things were done, there is a learning curve.....

    I'm a few months in on iwork now, still haven't learned everything yet, but still love it way more than office (especially 2007). I LOVE the fulllscreen option in pages that makes me focus solely on my work. :)
     
  5. dangermou5e thread starter macrumors member

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    Just trying this now, it's great so far!

    I'll check out NeoOffice too :)

    Thanks guys!
     
  6. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    i like pages and numbers. however they should get rid of these stupid inspector windows just to make a font smaller and such. these functions should be like in MS Word/Powerpoint.

    Keynote is fantastic aside of that.
     
  7. DKatri macrumors 6502

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    I have iWork, Office and OpenOffice all installed on my MBP and i think if you are looking for something that feels familiar then OpenOffice is your best bet and its free!
     
  8. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    To change formatting, Pages uses the same setup as about 95 percent of other software. Hit Command-T and the font dialog appears. If you want, you can use the Inspector, but you don't have to. There's an onscreen pop-up menu to change fonts.

    To make a table, you hit the Table button and you can alter it with the inspector.

    This really took you 15 minutes?

    Look, if you don't like Pages, you're welcome to your opinion. I think Bean's great. I think Neo/Open is slow and far too ponderous. But hey, to each his own.

    mt
     

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