For College? Office or iWork

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cav23j, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. cav23j macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2008
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Do you need absolute compatibility? If yes then Office gives you more.

    I prefer iWork as total compatibility was not an issue for me.
  3. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    I'd wait until Office 2011 comes out in October and depending on your college you could get it for free or at a reduced price.
  4. jasonhedgepeth macrumors newbie


    Feb 2, 2009
    San Antonio, TX
    As an 'older' (ahem, 37 year old) college student and full-time Network Administrator, I have used both Office and iWork. iWork has little if any issues (that I've seen) with opening/reading/saving Office documents. I prefer Word over Pages, but since I do a ton of presentations - I prefer Keynote as Keynote blows Powerpoint out of the water. The transitions and animations in Keynote are amazing. And for the price, iWork is the way to go.

    I haven't checked lately, but Microsoft was offering Office 2007 Ultimate to students for $70, but you'd have to run it on Windows.

    Good luck with school!

  5. cav23j thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2008
    would it be hard to connect with my printer using microsoft office on bootcamp?
  6. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Nope, it's no different then doing it on a Windows laptop.
  7. thecounthahaha macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2010
    Do you need to submit as a doc, or print and hand in?

    If it is electronic submission, I'd suggest word. My pages at least (09) doesn't like formatting between pages and doc files - indented quotes no longer are indented, italics change to normal, and embedded videos go all over the place.

    Not very useful when submitting masters level work...!
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Word for compatibility and real word use. Ever see a job listing asking for iWork experience?
  9. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    If you'll be sharing files with others, Word. A majority of them will be Windows users.
  10. cav23j thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2008
    so if i already have a printer hooked up to my mac
    will i need to reinstall the printer drivers under windows when using bootcamp?
  11. Ann P macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2009
    Office, if you can get your hands on it. I have had numerous of compatibility issues with iWork. Thank goodness Office saved me!
  12. BittenApple macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2008
    Office, hands down.

    Everyone works with .doc files and Office 2011 is around the corner.
  13. bobfitz14 macrumors 65816


    Oct 14, 2008
    if you buy MS Office 08 you get the 2011 upgrade for free when it's available, i bought it a few days ago because of this.

    Microsoft's website:
  14. SDub90 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2009
    Long Island
    A lot of schools give out MS office for free - I would just ask the computing services department (or whatever your school may call it) before buying anything and use either openoffice or neoOffice until then.
  15. crackpip macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2002
    Depends on the school, your major, and the individual professors. In my classes (physics), I do not accept Word documents-- PDF's only. Also when I work with research assistants and most colleagues we use PDF, plain text (often LaTeX) or basic Word documents (i.e. the kind that Pages has no issues opening).

    I think the "share-ability" of Word documents is greatly overstated. I used to have quite a bit of trouble going between different computers with Office on them. Font issues, margin issues, etc. If all you care about is the text, it doesn't matter what package you use. If you are worried about formatting, distribute PDF's. When I do collaborative writing, we always separate the content from the formatting, which is done at the end by the first author. So it doesn't really matter how material gets passed around-- PDF's, plain text, latex, simple word docs.

    Basically, try them out and find which one you like to work with. If you like iWork better than Office, get both. The academic version of office is cheaper than some textbooks (man, textbook prices really piss me off), and maybe your school has Office for even cheaper (my university offers for $21).

  16. kipmacnyc macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2010
    Zotero compatibility

    If you're in a program where you'll have to write a lot of research papers, you may want to go with Office, because it's compatible with a nifty Firefox extension called Zotero. (Just Google Zotero...easy to find.) The program allows you to very efficiently keep track of all of your research materials, and it integrates with Office so that you can quickly insert references and compile bibliographies. Unfortunately, iWorks is not compatible, so I end up doing all my personal work in Pages, and then using Word for school-related work.
  17. ideal.dreams macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2010
    I have both Office '11 Beta and iWork.

    I use Office for work, as I create spreadsheets and need Excel because of compatibility issues.

    Outside of work, I use iWork. I like it a lot better - it has a nicer UI, and is easier to use.

    If compatibility isn't going to be an issue, I'd definitely recommend iWork.
  18. jlc1978 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2009
    I second NeoOffice. If all you need to do is create documents and presentations it will suit you fine. Plus, it's free.
  19. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    I use both Office and iWork. I use Office when I am forced to and iWork the rest of the time.

    About the only thing I find Office good for is when I politically need to be absolutely compatible. Otherwise I use iWork and submit PDF results.

    I'm becoming a real fan of using Pages in layout mode for writing reports (usually less than 50 pages). Great for mixing photos, charts and text.

    I got Office for free, sort of. We had to buy office for a machine at work. We bought the student edition. It allows two installations. So we used one at work and one on my Mac (via Parallels).

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