Does OS X Leopard have a word processor of any kind?

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  1. tangledweb16 macrumors regular

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    I don't want to buy Microsoft Office because I don't need all those fancy features and I'm poor, but I was just wandering if OS X has any kind of word processor where I can write, print, and save word documents. Thanks :apple:
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    That is the least expensive... free with the OS.

    Everything else takes download time, beerware, or cash.

    Edit: However full office variant beyond Pages, and much much less than office www.neooffice.org
     
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    You can use Textedit which sounds like it will do everything you need.
     
  4. McGiord, Feb 2, 2008
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    I think there is one also in the Terminal / UNIX.

    But if you want a free Office Suite compatible with MS Office, check this one:

    www.neooffice.org
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  5. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    emacs
     
  6. LizKat macrumors 68030

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    Barebones Software has one called TextWrangler if you want a processor with more manipulation options than TextEdit offers. I think there's a free version and one with yet more options you can buy.
     
  7. bartelby macrumors Core

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    I've found that NeoOffice and OpenOffice are awful. Horrendously slow. Their Excel equivalent took over 4 minutes to open a 14 sheet workbook (each sheet only has 144 populated cells). It does have 4 little macros though.

    I didn't even try the version of Word...
     
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    I often wonder how posts like this can occur with only one other post between them. :p

    For the OP here's a good article that you may find useful:

    http://www.peachpit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=764092&seqNum=1
     
  10. thechidz macrumors 68000

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    google apps... you dont need to own a computer
     
  11. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    It is unfortunate that you begin with the Openoffice Excel-equivalent to compare, assume and generalize the entire suite.

    NeoOffice really excels (hah) in the word processor, as Microsoft Office Excel is really a poweruser tool and other software suites will never be as good as MS's.

    I would strongly suggest trying out NeoOffice as an open source equivalent to Word primarily, as this is both where the OP's and the majority of other users' needs are located.
     
  12. BlakTornado Guest

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    Yup.

    I've written many an essay in that little app.


    Or you could use the iWork Demo to write your stuff then (when the demo is over) copy and paste it into TextEdit to save ;)
     
  13. cohibadad macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to use word documents iWork is the way to go IMO. I find it a joy to use. If you want a simple word processor, textedit is simple.
     
  14. McGiord, Feb 3, 2008
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    The OP just asked for a Word Processor.

    Anyway Google Docs is a good free one also, however it doesn't allow you to create presentations like Neo Office.
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    Google has introduced Presentations :)
     
  17. JDR macrumors regular

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    Ahh....the good old days when AppleWorks was free with any Mac...sadly long gone. I soley use AppleWorks for all my word processing needs, and I plan to bring it over to my new MBP when I get it (once it comes out shortly). My friend uses AppleWorks on his SR MBP (w/Leopard), and has found no issues.
     
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    I can't believe no one has recommended Bean. It's lightweight, attractive, and more than good enough for everyday text work.

    Also, it's free. Basically a slicker version of TextEdit, and a pleasure to use.
     
  19. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    Despite what someone else said, I find NeoOffice to be great. Its versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel are much more than sufficient for what it sounds like you need. I'm a college student who didn't want to shell out the money for MS Office, and NeoOffice has met all of my needs. I've written a 74,000-word novel in its Writer. Best of all, it's free and open-source.

    If you only need a word processor and not a full office suite, Abiword and Bean are supposed to be good.
     
  20. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Yeah. It was unfortunate but I use Excel a lot more than Word or Power Point.
    I really want to ditch MS Office. I'm trying to go with all smaller Developer software.

    But as you say, NeoOffice could be perfect for the OP.
     
  21. Eric S. macrumors 68040

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    NeoOffice's word processor performs well if you have a reasonable amount of RAM in your system. I use it often. I have not tried the database capability.
     

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