iWork vs Office vs Something else

  • I use iWork

    Votes: 62 41.9%
  • I use Microsoft Office

    Votes: 74 50.0%
  • I use another set of applications (such as Open Office)

    Votes: 10 6.8%
  • I don't use/ need either

    Votes: 2 1.4%

  • Total voters
    148

jojoba

macrumors 68000
Dec 9, 2011
1,584
21
I use Microsoft Office because I do a lot of co-writing with colleagues who are all using Windows.
 

Mac In School

macrumors 65816
Jun 21, 2007
1,286
0
I prefer iWork and use it for personal and home-based business stuff.

For my day job I have to use Office (PC), so I keep a copy installed on my Mac just in case I need to work with those documents.
 

maflynn

Moderator
Staff member
May 3, 2009
68,278
35,909
Boston
Office for me, I need the compatibility, I also find that iwork's application suite to be lacking in a number of features
 

MacDawg

Moderator emeritus
Mar 20, 2004
19,824
4,515
"Between the Hedges"
I use both for different things

Word > Pages for work
Pages > Word for personal docs and design

Excel > Numbers for most things
Numbers > Excel for simple sheets

Keynote > PowerPoint for virtually everything

Mix and match the best tool for the job
 

Bear

macrumors G3
Jul 23, 2002
8,088
4
Sol III - Terra
iWork for the following reasons.
  1. It does what I need it too.
  2. It's a fraction the price of MS Office and uses less system resources.
  3. At the time I was deciding OpenOffice was not really reafy on the Mac. And looking at the current varients, it seems like it has gotten a bit bloated as well.
 

Herdfan

macrumors 6502
Apr 11, 2011
293
6,729
Office. Mainly because I already know how to use more advanced features, especially in Excel.

Got daughter using Keynote vs Powerpoint for school presentations. Hers look so much better than those using the stock PP template. But she has to make sure to keep a copy of Quicktime on a thumb drive to install it on the PC if it doesn't have it.
 

kubaw

macrumors member
Apr 18, 2012
30
10
I was adoring iWork until I saw a printout from Pages. It was a complete disaster. The difference in line-spacing in a paragraph could reach as much as 1.5mm and was easily seen with a naked eye. I know neither of them (Pages/Word) is a professional typesetting software, but I just couldn't believe that Jobs let something like that go out...
 

ghellquist

macrumors regular
Aug 21, 2011
146
5
Stockholm Sweden
Libre Office

At work - MS Office (mostly excel) but privately it is Libre Office on both Macs and Windows. Waiting for iPad version (noticed to be available next year). Very compatible with most office files. And no cost.

// Gunnar
 

talmy

macrumors 601
Oct 26, 2009
4,721
277
Oregon
Always iWork unless document source has to be shared, then Office or occasionally OpenOffice.
 

snberk103

macrumors 603
Oct 22, 2007
5,503
88
An Island in the Salish Sea
iWork for 95% of what I do. I share PDFs/printed paper of a good deal of what I do, and I like the way iWork templates give a big head start on making my stuff look professional. I find iWork very easy to work with. Most of what I need is great looking relatively simple documents. I'm not writing complex footnoted research papers.

I can use one application (Pages) to create many different types of documents: forms for internal use, forms for external use, letters, reports, meeting minutes, ads for the newspaper, rack-cards, brochures, class hand-outs, etc.

The content from many of the Pages documents are also used in Keynote documents, and vice versa.

I was adoring iWork until I saw a printout from Pages. It was a complete disaster. The difference in line-spacing in a paragraph could reach as much as 1.5mm and was easily seen with a naked eye. I know neither of them (Pages/Word) is a professional typesetting software, but I just couldn't believe that Jobs let something like that go out...

I'm surprised, and I suspect it's something specific to your installation. I certainly have no issues with this line spacing, nor do I see it in other people's Pages documents. My sample is small, of course, but it's enough that I'm confident that it's your installation and not due to the application. Post this over at the Apple Community forums - they have one specifically for Pages, and there is some very high-powered help there. Good Luck.
 

talmy

macrumors 601
Oct 26, 2009
4,721
277
Oregon
I was adoring iWork until I saw a printout from Pages. It was a complete disaster. The difference in line-spacing in a paragraph could reach as much as 1.5mm and was easily seen with a naked eye. I know neither of them (Pages/Word) is a professional typesetting software, but I just couldn't believe that Jobs let something like that go out...

By default Pages sets the line spacing based on the largest font used in a line, so if the font changes mid paragraph the line spacing may change. However line spacing can be set to exact values if desired. It just doesn't do it by default. I let mine auto-adjust so that it will handle embedded equations which typically require more space.
 

musty345

macrumors regular
Feb 28, 2010
239
2
United Kingdom
iWork

I love the ability to be able to buy Pages, Keynote and Numbers separately. It means that I only have to buy each one when I need it. I have bought Pages and Keynote so far, but I have no use for Numbers. You can also save Pages files as Word documents so that eliminates all compatibility problems :)
 

MacSignal

macrumors regular
May 8, 2010
241
1
Open Office isn't beautiful or fully MS Office compatible, but it is cross-platform and free. I have been using the word processor and spreadsheet applications for my modest needs for more than 10 years.

I started with MS Office on Windows and then transitioned to Open Office on Windows. If I still wanted to run something like this in a Windows environment, I would be curious about the free version of Kingsoft Office based on this article from PC World.

Yes, I also have iWork, but it is not that intuitive (imo) if you are coming from years of using MS Office. I have used Pages, Numbers, and Keynote selectively in circumstances where I felt I had the option to be less productive. I am delaying a more dedicated effort to learn iWork until the next major update.
 

Drew017

macrumors 65816
Original poster
May 29, 2011
1,254
11
East coast, USA
I really like the layout of the iWork apps, but the Office apps are just as good. Probably because they are microsoft, and so there is little incompatibility between Macs and PCs
 

coachingguy

macrumors 6502a
I was adoring iWork until I saw a printout from Pages. It was a complete disaster. The difference in line-spacing in a paragraph could reach as much as 1.5mm and was easily seen with a naked eye. I know neither of them (Pages/Word) is a professional typesetting software, but I just couldn't believe that Jobs let something like that go out...

Not to be a SmartA$$, but you do know that you can control that with the Inspector, right?

Coachingguy
 

CylonGlitch

macrumors 68030
Jul 7, 2009
2,948
264
SoCal
I use iWork for anything I don't need to distribute. Office for Mac for everything else. Office for Mac really isn't great, it's slow.
 

Daveoc64

macrumors 601
Jan 16, 2008
4,073
87
Bristol, UK
Open Office isn't beautiful or fully MS Office compatible, but it is cross-platform and free. I have been using the word processor and spreadsheet applications for my modest needs for more than 10 years.

ARGH!

Stop recommending Open Office!

It's dead now to all extents and purposes.

LibreOffice is the same product, only made a trillon times better and not held back by Sun, Oracle or blinkered ideologists.
 

kubaw

macrumors member
Apr 18, 2012
30
10
Not to be a SmartA$$, but you do know that you can control that with the Inspector, right?

Sure I do. The problem is - maybe I didn't make it clear enough - the spacing is different between lines in one single multi-line paragraph. And line-spacing is set for paragraph as a whole.

I'll try to post a scan of this printout later to let you see what I mean.

By default Pages sets the line spacing based on the largest font used in a line, so if the font changes mid paragraph the line spacing may change. However line spacing can be set to exact values if desired. It just doesn't do it by default. I let mine auto-adjust so that it will handle embedded equations which typically require more space.

Nope, single font used (Times New Roman 12pt).

I'm surprised, and I suspect it's something specific to your installation. I certainly have no issues with this line spacing, nor do I see it in other people's Pages documents. My sample is small, of course, but it's enough that I'm confident that it's your installation and not due to the application. Post this over at the Apple Community forums - they have one specifically for Pages, and there is some very high-powered help there. Good Luck.

Maybe you are right and this is rather a problem with printer or printer driver (hp laserjest 1320, 600 dpi). I will try to make a PDF and check if I can spot the difference. If not - I will give my apologies to iWork ;]

Thanks guys.
 
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