MS Office vs. AppleWorks

macktheknife

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I'm about to pre-order a copy of Jaguar (with an educational discount) on Apple's website, and I was thinking of buying a copy of AppleWorks. I already have Office X, but I am looking for a more nimbler alternative. Can anyone who has used both programs let me know how AppleWorks compares to Office X? Any comments would be appreciated. Thanks.
 

kaltsasa

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I own both and to be honest with you, appleworks has almost anything you'll ever need. I find myself almost always using apple works, its quick, easy, and has a great dictionary.
 

macktheknife

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Can AppleWorks read Office documents and vice-versa without any additional programs? Is the translation flawless or are there problems? Thanks again.
 

Le Butineur

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I also use both.

Excel is better in macro programming.

APW can read Office documents, but not reverse.

Access is missing (but on Win has a lot of bugs) and must be replace with 4D or FileMaker.

Entourage is more complete as Mail and a little more friendly.

I don't use Office Manager.
 

MacUser1

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AppleWorks and Office

Originally posted by aafuss1
Can any Microsoft programs (on the Windows platform) open Claris/AppleWorks files?
I know that AppleWorks will work on Windows, I have it installed on my IBM, but I don't know that Word on Windows will open an AppleWorks document. I would think that it would.

I have Office and AppleWorks on my PowerBook. I find my self using Office v.X a lot more than AppleWorks. Mainly because my school uses Office v.X on all Macs. However, AppleWorks is great for any type of user.
 

solvs

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You can save AW files in a format MS Office can read. If you're buying 10.2, you can get rebates on all sorts of stuff. I'd recommend AW ($40 w/edu discount - $10 Rebate) and MacLinkPlus Deluxe 13.0 ($100 - $40 Rebate), but I know AW has a lot of built in MacLink translators already.

You can also buy ThinkFree Office for $50. Never tried it, but I've heard good things.

I've heard rumors of an AW update to address some issues, and add features. I wasn't able to use my scroll wheel with the last version I used.

But I'm really hating MS Office.
 

mac15

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I would have to say , Appleworks is better

but the Entourage Email Client is the only thing I use from M$, I use appleworks for typing docs, and I use Power Point to open docs I get from my dads mates (really cool PPPorn ) ahem woops
 

SilvorX

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apple works is a simple app for creating documents (since word has billions of features...but take years to search through them ;)), so i use that most of the time unless im bored n want something like wordart
excel for spreadsheets since some of the features on excel are found on that, and not found on aw
i'm just not too fond of the gui of apple works tho, even tho the buttons are nicer than v5, still has some v5 look on it tho
 

macktheknife

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Well, one of things that attracted me to AppleWorks is the ability to PDF your documents without using Acrobat. You can't do it in Word without Acrobat, so I guess AW might not be too shabby.

Thanks for all the advice. :)
 

ftaok

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Originally posted by macktheknife
Well, one of things that attracted me to AppleWorks is the ability to PDF your documents without using Acrobat. You can't do it in Word without Acrobat, so I guess AW might not be too shabby.

Thanks for all the advice. :)
Actually, you can make pdf's in Word vX. In fact, any application that can print, can make pdf's. It's a built in feature of OS X.
 

macktheknife

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Originally posted by ftaok
Actually, you can make pdf's in Word vX. In fact, any application that can print, can make pdf's. It's a built in feature of OS X.
Yeah, I'd actually tried doing that, but when I clicked the print button, there wasn't an option to print to PDF. Am I missing something? Any advice would be appreciated.
 

ftaok

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Originally posted by macktheknife


Yeah, I'd actually tried doing that, but when I clicked the print button, there wasn't an option to print to PDF. Am I missing something? Any advice would be appreciated.
When you open the print dialog box, there is an option to "print" to a file. You can then choose pdf or Postscript. It's quite easy.
 

LimeiBook86

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For me Appleworks does everything I need. I don't need to spend $500 on Microsft Office, I'm fine with the 30 daty trial. :D
 

dwishbone

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any program in OS X can print to PDF.
Choose print.
in the print dialog box will be a choice for "Preview"
click it and what you want to print will open in Preview.app
in it go to File--->Save as PDF
there ya go
 

mmcneil

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Preview in Office X

Originally posted by ftaok
When you open the print dialog box, there is an option to "print" to a file. You can then choose pdf or Postscript. It's quite easy.
On every Print Dialog there is a PREVEIW button that creates PDF, displays it in the PREVIEW app and you can save it from there. The naming process in the PREVIEW app is hosed, but it does work very well.:cool: