Microsoft Office vs Appleworks

ChazLM

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Feb 16, 2005
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I've been pc/office. I'm switching to an apple powerbook and want to know if it's worth paying for microsoft office. Is Appleworks a comparable product? I won't be using it for business, mainly letters w/ pictures. Is the spreadsheet capability of Appleworks close to Excel? I do like using macros to preform tasks in Excel.

Thanks for your feedback! :confused:

Chaz
 

dcollierp

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Mar 5, 2004
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Appleworks does not come on the new powerbooks. Before you spend money on Appleworks, which by the way does not hold a candle to MS Office, try NeoOffice/J. It's open source and is very similar to MS Office for Windows (think Office 98). http://www.neooffice.org/
 
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Eevee

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Eventhough I have a PB, I only use Office and BARELY touch appleworks. In the scientific field, almost everyone uses office, and thus, it's difficult to transfer documents, data, etc using appleworks w/ other scientist.

And as dcollierp pointed out, it's not free.

My recommendation is to get the office.
 
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Mechcozmo

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Jul 17, 2004
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Office is the best. Better than the once for Windows, even. It's nice. Appleworks.... well, sucks.


No idea about iWork yet.
 
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bigandy

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office. appleworks doesnt even get off the grid.

and it's better than the windoze version too which is cool :rolleyes:
 
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Rantipole

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May 24, 2004
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ChazLM said:
I won't be using it for business, mainly letters w/ pictures. Is the spreadsheet capability of Appleworks close to Excel? I do like using macros to preform tasks in Excel.
Well, if you really do stick to just letters w/pictures, Appleworks should be fine.

But, if you do anything except the most very basic spreadsheet functions, you should go with Office. I agree with those above: the Appleworks spreadsheet is pathetic.
 
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