Office applications for new MacBook

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stork, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. stork macrumors member

    May 21, 2007
    I turn 18 on Sunday! and to become a man i must own a Mac!
    I'am gona order the 2.0GHz 1GB Ram, 80Gb Hard drive, basic macbook, and am wondering which is the best office application for a student to use.
    Microsoft Office
    They all seem quite cool, i use word processing and powerpoint the most, although i still use microsoft publisher alot. What do you think would be the best?:)
    I like the idea of iWork, but is it more for graphic publishing, such as magazine style pieces?
  2. Airforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    Wow...times have changed since I was 18... :p
  3. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    NeOffice is a port of OpenOffice (I think) - I would say try it as it's free and see what you think - it is generally well regarded.

  4. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Neo Office is free and will allow you to open and save MS Office files ... :)
  5. Airforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    If you have the money, you should go with the new Microsoft Office. You'll have to use bootcamp, but it is very much worth it. The new features are pretty damn good!
  6. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    New Hampshire
    But Office 2004 isn't a universal binary, and rebooting just to write a word doc would be annoying.
  7. Igantius macrumors 65816

    Apr 29, 2007
    As Airforce was talking about the Windows version, I don't think he was making any claims about it being universal :p

    There's a little more to Office that just writing Word docs... all depends on what the user wants.

    In any case, I still try NeoOffice first....
  8. AFKMatrix macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2007

    Surely just for writing a document you could use vmware or parallels? Thus not needing a reboot?
  9. msharpmu macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2006
    If you can't get a copy of office from your girlfriends little brother for free (; than I would stick with neooffice until office for mac '08 comes out sometime late this year.
  10. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    It really depends what you want to do, but I like Journler a lot. I wouldn't say its perfect for essays etc. but for note taking and drafting it's very good.
  11. sunsnewmac macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2007
    Hey congrats on both accounts (manliness and mac-iness)

    As a writer, I have been disappointed with NeoOffice and will eventually need to consider an app more suitable to my needs. The way NeoOffice handles formatting and a host of other issues drives me nuts. I can't imagine it being very good for desktop publishing.

    I do, however, think you might want to start with it. It is free and later you can decide if it meets your needs. It is fully loaded (for the most part, as it includes PowerPoint support and other Office-like apps) and you might love it like other ppl do.
  12. MagicUK macrumors regular


    May 12, 2007
    Hampshire, England
    I work with a lot of Microsoft documents so find using MS Office for MAC the easiest option, esp when moving from the office to home, as I don't need to master a different set of short cuts etc.

    But as a student I would say save your $$ and go NeoOffice until you can't do something. By that time the next version of Office for Mac should be out and you should be able to pick up a copy of Office for Mac 2004 dead cheap. It does everything you need of a word processor.

    As for actually using next version of Office for Mac or run boot camp / Parallels and the latest version of MS Office I would stay well clear. It's just bloatware. You will never use everything and there are better things to do with you $$ and hard drive. Oh and I support MS products for a living!
  13. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    How about trying them all out?

    iWork and Office '04 both have trials included with your mac, and NeoOffice and OOo are both free...

    Having said that, though, I'd still probably go with Office '04/'08 as it will ensure maximum compatibility across all of your documents (and there's not a spreadsheet program for iWork just yet).
  14. Cameront9 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 6, 2006
    If you use publisher, you should try Apple's Pages. It's a layout app similar to publisher. And it rocks.

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