Actually, for most people, iWork is $79 and Office is $499. Is Office more than six time better than iWork? I don't think so...SuperSnake2012 said:Which one do you guys like better? The fact that iWork costs $50 and Office costs $150 makes me want iWork a little more
True, however i bought mine with edu price plus it was subsidized by my school. Cost me $25.IJ Reilly said:Actually, for most people, iWork is $79 and Office is $499. Is Office more than six time better than iWork? I don't think so...
iWork does a pretty good job both opening Word files and exporting to Word docs. In fact, if it's text you're interested in, TextEdit does a fine job opening Word files.EricNau said:You'll need something that can read/write Microsoft Word files, it has just become the standard for the World (unfortunately).
There is an OpenOffice program called NeoOfficeJ, it doesn't require X11, however, it has more the look and feel of a Windows *spit*IJ Reilly said:iWork does a pretty good job both opening Word files and exporting to Word docs. In fact, if it's text you're interested in, TextEdit does a fine job opening Word files.
BTW, OpenOffice for the Mac still requires X11.
Best comparison I've seen in a while.GFLPraxis said:Keynote > PowerPoint
Excel > Nothing
Pages and Word each have their strengths and weaknesses. Keynote is pretty much outright superior to PowerPoint. But nothing matches Excel.
I wouldn't dismiss Office casually. I would dismiss it with prejudice.Deepdale said:Even with the $100 price differential, I would go with MS Office. Despite Word being maligned and even reviled by some, it has become a de facto standard for millions and that cannot be casually dismissed. Old habits and widespread compatibility tip the scales for many users.
Once again: Pages documents can be exported to Word documents. Word documents can be imported into Pages. If your objective is the complete preservation of formatting and layout, then Word won't work for you either, unless you want to stick with Ariel and New Times Roman -- and I don't know any designer who'd put up with that. For the preservation of format you need pdf, which of course, you've got with Pages.YS2003 said:I think iWork is not yet a complete productivity suites as it does not have spread sheet program. I have iWork but I end up using Office X most of the time because Word is one strong word processing program (for some, it gets too complicated as MS piles on features and add ons).
By the way, if you save your work in Page in a native format, can Windose's PC can open it? I like the intuitive desktop publishing features of Page; but, if the page layout you set up in Page cannot be viewed by Window's machines, that would be a problem. I use my Mac for making marketing brochures and materials even though my company uses Windows XP for all of its employees' PCs.