Office vs iWork

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by wayland1985, Dec 18, 2008.


iWork or Office: what do you have?

  1. iWork

    20 vote(s)
  2. Office

    20 vote(s)
  3. Other...

    3 vote(s)
  1. wayland1985 macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    Which do you use? I had office 2004, and wasn't impressed. iWork seems okay.... What are you using? Should I buy Office 08 for myself???
  2. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 20, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    I use office 2008. Depends on what you need it for. For the work I do I need PowerPoint 2008 since it is compatible with Microsoft Office 2007 (for the most part). Haven't really touched Keynote but from what I have done it's nice just not for the business I do, no one really uses keynote.

    But like I said, just depends on what you need it for.

    EDIT*** You can find more info here there is also an informative link in the #2 post.
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i like office 08

    however if you didnt like office 04 then im not sure youll like office 08

    you could always go the open office route for free and see if it suits your needs while saving you money
  4. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    NeoOffice is a good free replacement. Better than OpenOffice. NeoOffice is a port of OpenOffice specifically for Mac OS X. It is better integrated into Mac OS X with features such as access to the system grammar checker that are not available with OpenOffice. NeoOffice can also handle the latest Microsoft document formats (docx, pptx, xlsx) which OpenOffice cannot.
  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    open office aqua (what i linked to) is better than neooffice as it has the osx interface but not ran on flash which is slow like neooffice

    what are you talking about? open office is more advanced than neooffice as neooffice lags behind open office feature wise. remember its neooffice that incorporates open office features, not vice versa

    open office can most certainly handle the latest MS office formats
  6. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    OpenOffice loads a little faster than NeoOffice but it does not use the system keyboard shortcuts or grammar checker.

    By default OpenOffice has no grammar checker. You can install LanguageTool but it is quite limited, especially when compared to leopards system grammar checker.

    OpenOffice can not save in docx, pptx, or xlsx and the last time I checked it couldn't open them either.

    NeoOffice also incorporates the systems Media Browser to more efficiently provide access to media to use in a document. OpenOffice can not access this.

    It is not flash but Java. Both OpenOffice Aqua and NeoOffice use Java. Wander around the preferences you will find that they both use Java. NeoOffice uses as much if not more Aqua in its user interface, including proper Mac icons.

    Only thing interesting in OpenOffice is bibliography management which is not yet fully implemented. NeoOffice is usually only a few months behind OpenOffice in implementing new OpenOffice features so when bib management is available NeoOffice will have it soon enough. Even that is not important if you know how to make (very easy, by the way) or can find (not very easy) bibdesk templates that function with neooffice.
  7. knmlee macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2008
    I use both. I prefer Excel to Numbers for serious number crunching. I prefer to uses Pages & Keynote if I'm creating documents for print or pdf distribution. I use Word / Powerpoint for documents that need to be exchanged with my Windows colleagues.

    Both suites have their uses. If I had to choose just one, I would probably go with Office because of Excel.

    Fortunately, iWorks is pretty cheap so I don't have to choose just one.
  8. renerothstein macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2008
    Las Vegas
    iWork, Office

    iWork and its counterpart for making slides can be useless and troublesome to personal Mac-ers. No software seems to have ability to alphabetize a list of names. That might be included in Office and I should have checked before I purchase iWorks.
  9. nastebu macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2008
    The latest version of Open Office certainly does open all the recent MS Office format.

    I like Office 08 quite a bit though. PowerPoint is much improved and is at least in the same league as Keynote now.
  10. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2008
    I use iWork for some work, and NeoOffice/ for anything that will be cross-platform. Have not had any issues or problems. With one caveat: I don't use VBA macros, so have not explored it. When I worked for a Fortune 50 company I used Excel 2003/VBA extensively everyday. That would have been critical had I continued.
  11. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    NeoOffice has pretty good support for Excel VBA.

    Sorry, to make sure I was not talking out my rear, I downloaded OpenOffice to see if it could open the latest MS Office formats. OpenOffice IS able to open these formats but it can not save in them. I must have been using an early beta of OpenOffice 3 when I tried it out as it could not open the latest MS Office formats at that time.

    OpenOffice also loses a lot of the document's formatting, such as text will no longer be centered and etc., much more so than NeoOffice when dealing with these formats.

    But, other than those issues, you guys were right about MS Office format support in OpenOffice.
  12. Chase R macrumors 65816

    Chase R

    May 8, 2008
    I voted Office only because I'm in college and EVERYTHING is in Office formats... Otherwise I would probably spend the time to get to know iWork better.
  13. pyramis macrumors member

    Dec 2, 2008
    Palo Alto, CA
    iWork reads and write Office formats decently enough to have no problems exchanging docs with Mac or Windows Office users, even with such things as Tracking Changes. I do keep an old Office 2004 version on hand for Excel number crunching and the (very) occasional Word doc compatibility issue.

    These pragmatic issues aside, when I'm writing a new document or creating a new presentation, I go straight for Pages or Keynote every time for a far more satisfying product and usability experience. MS software design is simply clunky. Plus, once you are familiar with the usability language of Apple design in one app, you become pretty fluent across most of their software products.
  14. yoppie macrumors 6502a

    Oct 19, 2007
    My vote is for Microsoft Office 2008. I have tried using iWork but it feels weird. I also like knowing I will be able to trade off documents without problem with my classmates and professors.

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