iWork 08 or NeoOffice?

nakile

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I'll most likely be ordering my iMac in a few days. I was originally thinking of just using NeoOffice, but iWork caught my eye.

Is iWork worth the extra $79? What does one have the other doesn't? How speedy are both programs on the Mac? How well do both integrate with Mac OS? Most importantly, which has better MS Office file support?

Thanks in advance...
 

Scarlet Fever

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I reckon iWork is awesome if you are doing presentations, or sharing documents with other like-minded mac-heads. I did a presentation this year using Keynote, and the quality of it was amazing. It put all the powerpoint presentations to shame :D

I reckon you'd be best to download the trial, and see if you like it. If you decide you want it, it's still $79.

EDIT: oh yeah, compatibility. iWork can open MS Office documents, but can't save as them can if you export the file (see post 11). NeoOffice is free, anyway, so you can run iWork and NeoOffice side by side.
 

erandall38

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I really like iWork.... but so far it seems as if it is not compatible or something.

First off when I try to attach it in a email through yahoo.com it will never go thorugh and attach. Using the mas os x mail.app is the only time it will attach. But then if I try to open it on a windows machine (which most of my professors have) it is just a bunch of jibberish.
So I am guessing it is not compatible with everything yet, which really surprises me.

I am hoping someone can correct me here and say I am wrong?
 

gauchogolfer

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I really like iWork.... but so far it seems as if it is not compatible or something.

First off when I try to attach it in a email through yahoo.com it will never go thorugh and attach. Using the mas os x mail.app is the only time it will attach. But then if I try to open it on a windows machine (which most of my professors have) it is just a bunch of jibberish.
So I am guessing it is not compatible with everything yet, which really surprises me.

I am hoping someone can correct me here and say I am wrong?
Windows can't open iWork native files, but you are able to export as Word, Powerpoint, pdf, Quicktime, SWF, etc. all of which can be read by those with PCs.
 

erandall38

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Windows can't open iWork native files, but you are able to export as Word, Powerpoint, pdf, Quicktime, SWF, etc. all of which can be read by those with PCs.
I am so glad to here that... I would think that is pretty easy... but can you explain.

Most the time I am attaching it to a email and sending it to a professor, so how would I have it exported in the correct format for windows?
 

gauchogolfer

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I am so glad to here that... I would think that is pretty easy... but can you explain.

Most the time I am attaching it to a email and sending it to a professor, so how would I have it exported in the correct format for windows?
Well, in Pages for example, you would export as a word document; for keynote, powerpoint.
 

KershMan

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An 30-day trial copy of iWork should be on the iMac when you get it. That should give you plenty of time to check it out and see if you want to buy it.
 

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