Lightweight Word Processor

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  1. Cromulent macrumors 603

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    Can anyone recommend a lightweight word processor at all? It needs to run under 10.3.9 and work reasonably well on a 333Mhz G3 Powerbook with 192MBs of RAM.
     
  2. lancestraz macrumors 6502a

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    Text Edit. Or did you mean something more comprehensive?
     
  3. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Mariner software does a nice little WP called Mariner Write ... :)
     
  4. Cromulent thread starter macrumors 603

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    I'm doing a creative writing degree so I will need a fairly full featured word processor.
     
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    I recommend a new computer...or at least more RAM...
     
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    Heh, I'd take my Mac Pro down but I'm going down on the train.
     
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    I use TextEdit for a lot of my quicker things, It will save in Rich Text File format. Otherwise there is Neo-Office which really is not all that lightweight, but better then office,
     
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    Scrivener was featured in MacFormat magazine August 2007 and I believe there is a trial on the DVD. It's available for £17 and they rated it 5 stars.
     
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    Abiword might be another one...

    Or, if I revert to the technical meaning of lightweight... possibly you could use Google Apps?
     
  12. Cromulent thread starter macrumors 603

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    It is Tiger only I am afraid otherwise that would have been my first choice (I use it on my Mac Pro).

    I have used Abiword in the past and never want to repeat that experience again. I couldn't even read what I was typing, the only way I could see the text was to select it. Even ignoring that it would lag while I was typing making it hard to write fast which I find pretty essential.
     
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    There must have been a problem with your font installation. AbiWord works perfectly fine here.
     
  14. pooky macrumors 6502

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    I've tried both Mariner and Abiword, but eventually settled on Nisus Writer Express. Seemed to me that all three had some features that the others were missing, so it's a matter of which feature set you liked. Ultimately, my decision was based on the fact that I just liked the feel of Nisus Writer's interface better. One of my favorite features, for those days when I want to ignore everything and just write, is full screen mode - everything (menu bar, title bar, toolbars, etc) goes away, you have a blank page, and you just write, and focus on formatting later.

    http://www.nisus.com/
     
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    I'm not sure if it would be considered lightweight, but Mellel is worth a try. The stability is rock-solid, a nice change after using Word.
     
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    Hmm... OpenOffice's minimum requirements are a bit below what that has, although it might work. (And is free and of course very full featured.) I would assume it would run better than Neooffice (which is just using OpenOffice's code but I think doing kind of a Java implementation rather than x11).

    I bet an older OS 9 version of Word might work-maybe Word v.X? Looks like even Word 2001 (for OS 9) has higher system requirements (more RAM anyway).

    EDIT: Honestly if those don't work, Text Edit is fairly full featured too if I'm remembering right. I mean it has spell check and basic formatting, so might be good enough to work on from the Powerbook, and then just open it with a full word processor when working on it on a different computer. (Depending on if you're mainly just worrying about the content of it versus fancy formating.)
     
  18. bburrow macrumors newbie

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    Nisus

    I've tried lots, and Nisus is one of the best. Nisus Writer Express will do what 95% of people need. Also check out their Pro.. Demos for both..

    http://www.nisus.com/Express/
     

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