mac office student vs iwork

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 09vdubgti, Sep 30, 2009.

  1. 09vdubgti macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2009
    So, i was wondering what was the difference between the two? Well looking at it i dont see why i should go get office student and shell out that 180 or so when i can get iwork for like 50. Iwork can also be saved to office student files and opened. The tech at Apple said i should get office though??? What would you guys suggest.
  2. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    I have both. I think iWork will suffice fine though.
  3. nullx86 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2009
    Wilmington/Jacksonville, NC
    I have Microsoft Office 2008 standard, and it works great for my needs. Comes with Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Entourage.
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    iWork works better than Office, but of course there are always compatibility issues. It can read Word documents, but that doesn't mean they'll appear in Pages exactly as they did in Word. Spacing, pagination, margins, and so forth will be a bit off.

    Personally, I use iWork for all of my school stuff. The school printers are only accessible from the Windows labs, so I print my papers to PDF, save them to my Dropbox, and download and print the PDFs from the web interface on the Windows computers. If there are no lineups, I can run through the entire process in 4 minutes.
  5. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    iWork is much better than Microsoft Office simply because it's easier to use and has more features. That being said, the only difference is that, whenever you want to send a document to someone on a PC (or someone who doesn't have iWork), just remember to check the box to "Save as Microsoft Word".

    This checkbox is the only difference between iWork and Microsoft Office.
  6. mac2x macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    iWork '09 here, and OpenOffice for those times when I need better Office compatibility; hasn't let me down yet.
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Many threads already on the Office/iWork "debate."

    In summary, if you can afford to have some compatibility issues then you might as well go with iWork. If you need maximum compatibility without running a Windows version of Office via BootCamp or whatever, use Office.
  8. 09vdubgti thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 18, 2009
    ^ whoops sorry i should have done some searching.

    Well okay so it seems as though iwork is on par , but compatibility to me is very important. Im in college and most of the time my professors dont want a hard copy they prefer emailing our papers.

    Also im on iwork now but have some important docs from word and i try to open it up from Pages but doesnt work. So its prob not compatible is there a way i can open it up without using word again which i cant anyway.
  9. tooz macrumors 6502

    Jul 21, 2009
    iwork on mac, office 2007 ulitmate ("special" version) bootcamped. Pretty good system.

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