Favorite Word Processor?

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  1. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    So my mother (who isn't much of a tech genius) is in need of a really streamlined, easy to use word processor. I recommended Pages, but that's too much for her -- she wants to go all the way back to AppleWorks do her typing!

    Anyone have any favorites they like to use or recommend?
     
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Abi Word might be a good option for her.
     
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    Writeroom might do the trick for her.
    I use TextEdit for little things, including webdev stuff, PHP, css etc.
    Pages if it's really urgent, like a report for work.

    Google docs for everything else. :)
     
  5. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

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    TextEdit, especially if you set the preferences for wrap to page.

    iText Express, free & more featured than TextEdit

    Why not use AppleWorks? AppleWorks 6.2.4 or 6.2.9 work very well on PPC & Intel Macs running OS 8 all the way to OS X 10.5.2.
     
  6. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

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    Another vote here for Bean. It's wonderful, and wonderfully simple. A chimp could use it to write a Shakespeare play, it's so simple!
     
  7. portent macrumors 6502a

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    AppleWorks really did have the best word processor for anyone not working in a large office.

    Look at Mellel, and Pages.

    Bean looks nice, too.
     
  8. shwc macrumors regular

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    for now Mellel, but in the future ...

    I use Mellel to write scientific papers for publication, however I do the final layout (inserting figures, etc.) in Pages
    Mellel plus Bookends is currently the best bibliography plus word processor, IMHO. However, I plan to switch to Pages + Papers once Papers acquires full fledged bibliographic capacity and once Pages better supports bibliographic programs.
     
  9. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    What does your mother need to type up? If she plans on sharing her documents with Microsoft Office users, just sit down and teach her how to use NeoOffice.
     
  10. riscy macrumors 6502a

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    I would also suggest NeoOffice - it can be just like Office, and she does not need to use all the bits that are there.

    Or as others have said, TextEdit might be even easier for her.
     
  11. JoshLV macrumors regular

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    Pages no doubt for me. It is easy to use, and has many different capabilities.
     
  12. zap2 macrumors 604

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    I does depend on what she is writing, but I'd suggest

    Pages, TextEdit or Google Documents.
     
  13. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for Bean. It looks nice and clean, but still has a lot of features under the skin.
     
  14. RacerX macrumors 65832

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    For almost 10 years now I've been using TextEdit as my primary word processor. And I have to say that it was a welcome change from what I had been using up to that point (writing in SimpleText and moving the content to ClarisWorks/AppleWorks for final formating and spellchecking).

    Between the vast number of improvements and feature additions made since it was first introduced as a demo app back in 1996 and the third party services that extend it even further beyond where Apple has taken it, it is easily the single most used application on nearly all my systems (and it is constantly running on all of my systems that have it).

    I've outlined on a number of occasions the things it can do (two examples of this can be found here and here), but I'm constantly surprised that people overlook it... and they seem to do it mainly because it is already on their systems.

    Literally by the time I reach the point where TextEdit can't do what I need, I've reached the point where I would require a page layout app rather than a word processor.
     
  15. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    What are her problems with Pages? You can remove items from the toolbar so that it looks very stripped-down. Change the default template so that it always opens with as simple an interface as she wants.
     

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