No word processor on new Macs?

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  1. srowndedbyh2o macrumors regular

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    Looking over the new iMac at the Apple website I just noticed it says nothing about AppleWorks. So to get a basic word processor from Apple, do we now have to purchase iWorks:confused:
     
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  3. komiothebeat macrumors 6502

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    hmmm

    thats wierd, i know i just bought a MBP like 3 weeks ago and it came with ilife.
     
  4. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Does iLife come with a word processor these days?? First I'm hearing of it.
     
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    while there are iwork and ms office for mac, they cost money

    if you want a free ms office compatible office suite, just download open office aqua
    http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/download/aqua.html

    cant go wrong with that

    ilife doesnt have any office type programs
     
  7. komiothebeat macrumors 6502

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    my comp has something called "text edit" not sure if it came with iwork but it was on the MBP before i installed anything
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    no text edit is part of the os, seperate from iwork
     
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Textedit is free and a modestly upgraded version of the old NeXT app, while iWork is an $80 office suite.

    Not too bad a deal since TextEdit will handle basic functions, and a free version of Open Office like NeoOffice will do for a Word replacement.
     
  10. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    I'll recommend openoffice 3.0 as a good free office suite. It'll handle all your word processing and spreadsheet needs :)

    Personally, I don't like pages in Apple's iWork. I only ever use keynote.
     
  11. ButtUglyJeff macrumors 6502a

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    TextEdit is included, iWork you can get for $30 off, when you buy it with a Mac ($49 for single $69 for family pack)

    OpenOffice if another free option.
     
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    No, you get Text Edit, but there are many free Office suites, NeoOffice being the best.
     
  15. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    You do get Text Edit but your not going to look very professional using it. I would recommend getting Office 2008 I have the trial right now and it's really good. There's no replacement for office in my opinion. I do also own iWork and while it's good it's not great, i don't really like the interface. I like things in one window so that's probably why. Go and get trials of both of them and compare Microsoft just released and office '08 trial and apple has an iWork '09 Trial.
     
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    I've seen a handful come with a trial of MS Office, and I've seen it as a BTO option, but that costs extra.
     
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    Some come with Word, as part of the Works Suite.
     
  18. mikeinternet macrumors 6502a

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    So it isn't like every PC comes with a word processing standard.

    .Personally I get by with google docs.
     
  19. dal20402 macrumors 6502

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    Sure you can, as long as you're not creating anything complicated. TextEdit and the included Mac fonts will do a great job of creating good-looking basic documents.

    In my opinion, the only reason to shell out for Office 2008 is if you are regularly exchanging complex documents with others for editing. Otherwise, OpenOffice, NeoOffice are cheaper, and Pages or my favorite -- Nisus Writer Pro -- are much more pleasant to use.
     
  20. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah but those programs just don't have all the features office or word has. NeoOffice and OpenOffice are very slow and seem clunky to me.
     
  21. Eric S. macrumors 68040

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    You can't even create footnotes with TextEdit can you? I wouldn't consider it a word processor.
     
  22. illegallydead macrumors 6502a

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    TextEdit comes with OSX. It is super basic, but it does the job.
    There is big money to be made on Word Processors, etc. which is probably why you don't get a full-featured one pre-installed for "free"

    You may have gotten a free trial of iWork, but that expires after like 30 days.
     
  23. gerabbi macrumors regular

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    Free:
    OpenOffice
    NeoOffice
    As the names imply they are Office suites with lots of stuff like word processing, database, presentations

    Bean is a free word processor/text editor kind of hybrid does a few more things than Text Edit

    Not free but less than $100:
    iWork office suite
    Papyrus office suite
    Nisus Writer Pro
    Mellel
    Write

    There are probably several more that have slipped my mind. All of these are good and work pretty well for less than MS Office. Try them out and see if you like them or if they meet your particular needs. Since several are free you have nothing to lose.
     
  24. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Most PCs sold to individuals don't, most models sold to businesses do since they are bought in volume.

    .txt is "standard" and can be read out-of-the-box by OS X (TextEdit) and Windows (Notepad). Google Docs is great, except if you're working for a business and wish to keep the information contained in your documents private (in the sense that your documents aren't on Google servers) then it won't work.
     
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