iWork documents/presentations work on Windows?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by CristobalHuet, Apr 2, 2008.

  1. CristobalHuet macrumors 65816


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hey all, I hope this is reduntant or repetitive as a question, but I haven't been able to find a straight answer.

    Wikipedia says iWork (Pages, Keynote and whatnot) can save to .doc and .ppt respectively, but does that mean they'll be normally visible on Microsoft Office (for Windows) programs, or they'll be a little messed up/not entirely the same?

    Is there a compability issue, or it works fine.

    Thanks for any help! :)
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Keynote export to ppt is quite bad, but you can export into many playable types.

    Pages can export pretty well to doc pretty well, not perfectly, but exporting to pdf makes it look perfect on Windows
  3. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    Going back and forth from Win Office to iWork and iWork to Win Office is tricky. Pages/Numbers/Keynote CAN export but often times formatting is off, in some cases off a LOT.

    The reverse is also true. Win Office documents can often act funny inside iWork apps as well. The formatting again can be off and often times, off a LOT.

    Documents (doc docx) often show better in TextEdit but does not contain images and other elements.

    One sad reason (and I'm not being pro-Mac nor Office bashing here) is that MS puts nasty style code in it's documents. If you've ever tried to export a document to html you'll know what I'm talking about.

    I haven't tried NeoOffice to see if the formatting remains the same but you gotta accept that the 2 suites are they're own and although they provide compatibility, they still do things thier own way and neither can be held accountable to provide 100% support.

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