Discussion in 'iMac' started by Habu71, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. Habu71 macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    This forum has been a great help as I have been transitioning from the PC world to my new iMac that I have had for a month. I have started using Safari (instead of Firefox) to get use to the Apple apps. But I have stayed with Entourage instead of Mail just because I am so familiar with Outlook (I haven't even looked at what Mail offers--guess I should?). I bought Office for Mac as soon as I received my Mac thinking I will just use what I am familar with. Yesterday I was just browsing at the base exchange and the Apple rep was there and I had questions on Office and he said he just uses iWorks--showed me why he uses it so I thought, why not. For the price it will be interesting to try it out. So my question---what are the thoughts of iWorks--expecially Pages--the word program versue Word for Mac. Which should I spend time learning?
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    It's iWork. There's a free trial on apple.com, so you can give it a go for free.
    I'd definitely look at Mail over Entourage, it's a lot nicer and has much better integration into the OS.
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    iWork is quite nice - especially Keynote. Beats PowerPoint hands down. Pages is better than it was, but isn't a complete MS Word replacement. Numbers is still showing signs of being new, but I'm sure iWork '10 will help fix that. That said, it's way better than the version in iWork '08.

    There's also OpenOffice.org, which you may not have considered, and is a viable MS Office replacement, at least in my opinion.
  4. Eanair macrumors 6502


    Feb 27, 2009
    I think whether iWork is worth it depends on what you want to do with it. You mentioned that you are mainly interested in Pages/Word - but how complicated are your documents going to be?

    I use Powerpoint, Word, and Excel rather regularly for my work and when I got my new iMac, I too debated whether I should get Office or iWork. So I took some typical work files into the Apple store on a jump drive to test them out with both programs. If you have a few files of stuff that you would regularly be working on, I highly suggest to load them on a jump drive, head to an Apple store if you can, and try working on them with both programs.

    Personally, I found that my Word documents worked fine in Pages; however, Pages did not have the full functionality that Word had that I needed. The documents opened, they looked brilliant, but due to some specific formatting I was using, Pages couldn't completely work with my stuff.

    My Powerpoint presentations were absolutely fantastic with Keynote. Hands down, IMO, Keynote is better than Powerpoint.

    The big deciding factor though, was Excel and Numbers. I work with some pretty large calculations sometimes, and when I tried to program them into Numbers, it just didn't work.

    So, it was a good experiment, and I decided on Office due to my specific needs.

    (but oh goodness, Keynote is a sexy thing)
  5. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    This is possibly the most frequently asked question on MacRumors. Search for iWork in subject titles and you will find many, many discussions.

    Also, your Mac came with a trial version of iWork already installed. It is fully functional for 30 days.
  6. Bad Paper macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2007
    graphite clamshell
    I prefer Pages over Word. You have to learn all the nooks and crannies of the software, but it's worth it.

    The whole damn world prefers Keynote over PowerPoint, so I'm not alone in this one. You definitely want to use Keynote.

    As for Numbers... well, Excel is just so good that it's hard to switch whole heartedly to Numbers. I use Numbers; love its layout style. But Excel is just sooo much better, that if you do any real charting or scripting work, you have to hang on to that one.

    OpenOffice is a fat lazy dog.

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