Mac Text program and MS Word

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Patrick32, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. Patrick32 macrumors newbie

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    I see you can get MS word for the MBP.

    Im wondering what alternative program apple have or use, and if you can save as .doc or must you download word.

    Id not bother with word at all but its what lecturers request.

    Great forum btw, Im getting used to it each day, also getting used to the MB which i recently bought. :)
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    If Word is required for your class you should probably get it. You could also take your chances with OpenOffice or NeoOffice, both of which save to the .doc format.
     
  3. Patrick32 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. shyam09 macrumors 68000

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    i also believe that iWork can save in .doc [although im not 100% sure; i know it can open it, i forget if it can save it]

    just google iWork Trial and check it out :D [you have to ultimately buy it though, but you can get it in the Mac App Store for a decent amount [15-20 bucks i think??]]
     
  5. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a

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    Pages (apple's version of word) can open and save (well, export) in .doc format however it has a tendency to mess with formatting a little bit. Personally though, I find it runs better on both my macbook and my iMac than Word does.

    Pages (as well as numbers and keynote) cost around 20 dollars each on the app store.
     
  6. agentphish macrumors 65816

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    If you are a student, check to see if your school has any special agreements with microsoft for student pricing or volume licensing on MS software. Otherwise office is about $150 bucks and has 3 licenses good for 3 machines. You could see if a friend will split it with you...

    Pages will work, but as said before, will tend to mildly screw with formatting, but is a fully capable word processor which I love to use. About 20 bucks on the Mac App Store.

    OpenOffice has recently had a rocky past and many if not all of their developers went off on their own and started http://www.libreoffice.org/ which I have read good things about and its completely free.
     

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