Best free word processor?

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  1. ThisIsMyName macrumors regular


    Jan 11, 2008
    New Jersey
    What's the best free word processor, or should I just buy Pages for $20.
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    You could use openoffice, it's got some good funtionality, although I don't think it's in development anymore. I think NeoOffice is the replacement.
  3. shwc, Aug 3, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2011

    shwc macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2005
    OpenOffice is still being developed. That said, some of the most active developers forked OpenOffice to create LibreOffice. As I understand it LibreOffice is the one to use as there is more active development. NeoOffice is a JAVA front end laid on top of OpenOffice. NeoOffice is usually using a slightly older release of OpenOffice. Before OpenOffice made a port available for Mac, NeoOffice was the way to go. Now, not so much. Your mileage may vary.
  4. X5-452 macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2006
    Calgary, Canada
    As the poster above mentioned, go with LibreOffice. Pages is a fantastic tool; however, I find LibreOffice to be slightly more versatile if you're going to be sharing documents with Windows PCs. Pages has this horrible habit of wanting to constantly export your documents to .doc format if you're trying to go cross-platform.
  5. ThisIsMyName thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 11, 2008
    New Jersey
    I went with Libreoffice, looks pretty good so far. This is all thanks to my lion upgrade that made office 2004 unusable. :p
  6. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    I've been using LibreOffice Impress for the last two days and I am pulling my hair out. This is a bug-ridden, mostly unusable mess. Every mouse click on a slide gets interpreted as a double click. Very maddening. I keep highlighting, moving and/or deleting elements unintentionally when all I mean to do is click to place a text insertion point or an element selection point. This app is a usability disaster.
  7. FrankHahn macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2011
  8. GanChan, Aug 4, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2011

    GanChan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2005
    How would you compare the user experience of the word processors and spreadsheet apps between LibreOffice and NeoOffice? I'm still trying to decide between them....Or are they exactly the same?
  9. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    This, which one is best depends on what you're going to use it for. A simple, no frills one is Bean. Give it a try.
  10. fhaddad macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011

    I highly recommend you to buy Pages, I am a big fine of MS word and I use it a lot for all my MBA assignments but when I started using Pages I paid the $20 and I think it has everything you need, it's smooth powerful. It is not as good as MS Word but it has everything you need plus it is so smooth and easy to use
  11. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    Having both Ms Office 2011 and iWork 2009, I'd say that MS Word is a much better app of the two. Reason being is that most work places use Windows and Office, so a DOC file is more common. Pages doesn't handle cross-app compatibility too well when it comes to DOC files, and often the files don't look the same in Pages as they should in Word.

    For a free version, there's OpenOffice, and I also think that Google has some Docs online word processing app.
  12. a.jfred macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2010
    Austin, TX
    I've been using NeoOffice for years, as an alternative to MS Office, and had no problems with it (or cross-compatability). We have Office 2007 at work, and I hate it.

    When I decide to upgrade to Lion, I'll probably shell out the $10 for the most recent version of NeoOffice, but I've held off cus the last version works just fine for my needs (and is still free).
  13. gtr053 macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2010
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    Google Docs

    Google Docs is nice. It doesn't have all of the features that OpenOffice and Word has but it suffices. The one thing it has on the others is that it's in the cloud so you can access your files from any device that has an internet browser.
  14. Mavimao macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2005
    Lyon, France
    +1 for bean! The speed of textedit but with much more functionality.
  15. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    I use Open Office. I like it, it's a simple load up, you choose what type of document you want to work on, it has a nice interface, etc. It's quite snappy too, not as sluggish as I would have suspected.
  16. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    Just get Pages for $20. You'll end up wasting the $20 on other things anyway
  17. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    The problems with Pages (and Numbers & Keynote) is that it doesn't have native support for Office documents, so if you have to share with Office users, it becomes a mess.

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