Snow Leopard + Office 2004

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macboy4, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. macboy4 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    I know that Snow Leopard will not support the Power PC architecture, but what does this do for Rosetta?

    I tried out the Office 2008 trial, but I prefer 2004. Will 2004 even work with Snow Leopard, or will I have to buy 2008?

    I suspect that a brief explanation of how Rosetta works in Leopard will answer this question.
  2. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    2004 will work. Rosetta is binary translation software. It allows PPC applications to run on Intel processors. Although Snow Leopard will no longer support PPC, it will still come with Rosetta to run PPC apps on Intel machines. Rosetta will not come with Snow Leopard by default like it has with Tiger and Leopard however, you will have to install it yourself from the Snow Leopard DVD.
  3. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000


    Feb 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia & Bay Area
    Why would you want to use office 2004 anyways! ;)

    it should work
  4. macboy4 thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    Good question. Usually I like the "latest and greatest", but I tried out 2008 and I just didn't like it overall... no real concrete reason.
  5. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    Because 2008 (and 2007 on the PC) sucks.
  6. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Some people need the VBA support as well, plus the Excel Solver app might still not be working the same in 2008 as in 2004.
  7. PurrBall macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2007
    SL will ask to install Rosetta if you run a PPC app. You might not need to install it from the DVD yourself, it comes over Software Update.
  8. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Why would you want to use office 2004 anyways!:confused:
    Have you tried Office 2008? The interface is Bloated with menus and guides for new users taking up a lot of screen space, and it is impossible to customize the interface to avoid pull down menus by using buttons on tool bars as in 2004. As a result each operation takes several more user actions, key strokes, mousing around etc. etc. I tried to get rid of the useless (for me of course) menus, but could find no way to streamline the UIF to anything usable.
    In my opinion, 2008 is the worst version of Word in the history of the application. Even the interface of NeoOffice or Open Office is much better.
    Even with all of the well documented quirks of 2004, it is still much better to use than 2008, for people like me that make a living using a word processor.
    That's Why!

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