Is Word for Office 2011 really the only option?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ecrispy, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. ecrispy macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2013
    Just want to open and save doc/docx files so that they can be exchanged with other users on pc. Pages 5 is getting bad reviews from what I can see and Apple removed the compatibility matrix with Word.

    This will be for a new Mac I'm planning to buy, new user here. The word processing needs are fairly basic. I've been told that LibreOffice is buggy and causes problems exchanging files.

    I wouldn't mind not having support for 90% of the complex features in Word, as long as basic docs can be opened and edited.
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"

    I just opened a .docx file in Pages 5 with no problem
    I saved it as a Pages document
    I reopened it and exported it as a .docx with no problem

    Did I mention no problem? :)
  3. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
    .docx format seems fine. It's the .rtf format that's gone.
  4. ecrispy thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2013
    Is it possible to open a .doc/.docx file in Pages and save it back to same format without creating a Pages file? I'm guessing this is not possible.
  5. PapaVBnMOMO macrumors member

    Aug 11, 2012
    Can only be saved as pages, but can export it to doc/x without saving
  6. JoeRito macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2012
    New England, USA
    Buy Word and life wil be eaiser for you. Pages just lost a bunch of features FYI.
  7. bakechad macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2008
    My son uses Libreoffice on Lion and my wife uses it on Mountain Lion. They move .docx files back and forth to Windows machines nearly every day with no problems. While they are by no means power users of Libreoffice, I haven't heard them complaining about any bugs.

    You sure can't beat the price to try it out. And from what I hear, it sure is a better option than the new version of iWork.
  8. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2008
    I bought MS Office 2011 a few months ago(special promotion so much cheaper). But I had exchanged files using LibreOffice / OpenOffice, and rarely had a problem. The major issue I ran into was tables. Sometimes the margins were not exactly the same. But for 95% of my work, that combination worked well.

    I had been a power user (in corporate analyst position) of MS Word and Excel since 1990, but Office 2007 and forward has been a downward spiral. For true work on the Mac side I use a combination of Scrivener, Mellel, and Nisus Writer Pro. If I didn’t have MS Office, I would get along fine with LibreOffice for cross-platform work.
  9. Nerdy Keith macrumors member

    Nerdy Keith

    Jun 5, 2012
    Dublin, Ireland
    No, you can use Pages and just export the file when your finished as a Word doc. Then it can be viewed on a Windows based computer too
  10. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    If you need 100% compatibility, buying Word is advised. If not and you only need basic features, then Pages will probably work fine.
  11. firedept macrumors 603


    Jul 8, 2011
    If you still have the old version of Pages, then use it. If you downloaded the new iWorks, then the old iWorks should be in a folder in your Applications. It still works just fine. Just another option.
  12. n-evo macrumors 65816


    Aug 9, 2013
    That's probably the best advice anyone can give you.
  13. ecrispy thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2013
    Thanks all. The path seems clear -

    1. try LibreOffice, if it works then no need for anything else
    2. buy Office 2011 for Mac

    Since it will be a new Mac, it won't have old version of Pages. I guess there's no way to buy/download it either.

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