MS Office 2008 Sucks

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by aced411, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. aced411 macrumors 6502

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    I bought it when it first came out. Glad to have 3 license keys and thought the UI was pretty decent, although much more cluttered than the ribbon. Anyway kept it up to date and ready to go in case I needed to do work stuff (most of my work stuff is done on a windows laptop). Had my first real opportunity to work on a project in word. All frustration aside in regards to the floating toolbar (just a personal preference), the speed of the app was ridiculous! Just trying to move around shapes, images and text was very slow. After 30 minutes of frustration I popped open my PC laptop (with the same specs by the way) and threw together the exact same project in a few minutes. Of course it was fast and smooth.

    Before you ask, I have the latest office update and am running a 2.4Ghz Aluminum mac w/ 4GB ram. Mac office is a joke if you need it for serious use. It's ok for opening office documents and making a few changes but I can't image using it in a work setting. I was so mad by how crappy the performance was it made me doubt macs altogether, but of course I came to my senses and realized it's just Microsoft who doesn't put much effort into their mac line.
     
  2. Spares macrumors member

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    I have office:mac, and was semi-satisfied with it, but decided to check out iWork 09, Pages works great and is compatible with .docx and .doc filetypes, maybe you should give that a shot
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    MS Office trashing has been beaten to death.

    For what its worth, I don't have any problems moving images around in Word.
     
  4. tallguy macrumors regular

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    The only thing that really frustrates me is that the floating format box isn't really compatible with spaces. It just doesn't move.
     
  5. slashjunior macrumors regular

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    I have never really ran into any problems with Office 2008. It does the job. I have tried different apps like Scrivener and Pages 08 but I just can't get into them. Office is what I know best. When it comes to work I just don't have the time to look at the alternatives. If I was a professional writer then I would take some time as I can imagine Scrivener helps structure your work and Pages looks different from the overused Word templates.

    I just finished on a 50 page document which was transferred between a Windows PC running Office 2000 and my Mac running Office 2008. There was only a couple of issues. Word 2000 didn't like some of the styles, plus I had to convert the file from .docx to .doc for it to work with 2000. I don't know what .docx does but I do know the .doc file was about 3 times the file size. Apart from that it came out as planned. That is an essential part of my work process being able to share files with Windows. I just feel that Office 2008 for Mac gives me some piece of mind whereas if I did my project in pages I am not certain that Office for Windows will complain about compatibility.
     
  6. aced411 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    iwork

    Yeah I tried iwork 09 and it's great but it doesn't have full fidelity compatibility. Example: I worked on a powerpoint presentation for several hours, brought it home and opened it in keynote. Most of the animation and transitions were gone or changed. Mac Office opened it perfectly. If I didn't have to work with office files so much I agree iwork would work perfectly.
     

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