Is iWork really that bad?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Forkjulle, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Forkjulle macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2012
    I'm considering buying iWork because I like iCloud and the design/integration of Apple stuff.

    I'm not a heavy user; just the month-end invoices and some documents / spreadsheets here and there.

    Surely iWork is good enough?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    The answer is, it depends. I like iWork better than MS Office. But there is a small caveat. Some documents created on Windows versions of Office won't quite come across. Sometimes LibreOffice does better and sometimes iWork apps do better. But there are a few isolated incidents where neither quite do the job. I prefer to do without since I have MS Office at work and I'd really rather not have MS software on my Mac, the fact that MS Office was first developed for the Mac notwithstanding.
  4. DakotaGuy macrumors 68040


    Jan 14, 2002
    South Dakota, USA
    I prefer Office for Mac because when it comes to compatibility with my Windows computer at work I know it's just going to work. I also know if I send a Word, Excel or PowerPoint document to a co-worker or my boss from my Mac it is going to look right on their PC. Your needs might be different and iWork might be acceptable for you.
  5. ErdnaseMac macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2012

    It really depends on what you want to use it for and which of the applications you are referring to:
    I found numbers to be pretty bad compared to excel.
    Pages does a good job with formatting and layout, it is very easy to use and you can directly export every page as is to PDF, which I find a very usefull feature. However, it does not include cross-referencing which makes it a bad choice if you are writing something scientific.

    Keynote for me is far better than PowerPoint as here the way it looks and animations are created are the key issues.

  6. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    As above it depends.

    If you're a small business or just doing home stuff, numbers will probably be fine.

    Otherwise, it is no match for something like Excel.

    However the good news is that the apps are cheap. I'd give numbers a shot and see if it is good enough for you. If not, try LibreOffice or OpenOffice or whatever they call it these days.

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