Wanna ditch Word, but...what's the word?

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  1. Punkwaffle macrumors regular

    Punkwaffle

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    I hate MS Word, but I find that I can't get rid of it just yet. I love Pages, but I need the thesaurus capabilities of word. I need to be able to right click on a word and have synonyms come up in that very menu, no opening dictionary or another pop-up. Anyone know of another program that will do this?
     
  2. lucifiel macrumors 6502a

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    i don't know an answer just yet, but i love the pun. and I feel it be necessary to tell you this.
     
  3. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

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  4. Sipheren macrumors regular

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    If Word does what you need why do you 'hate' it? Just asking that's all....
     
  5. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Thesaurus? There's a fully functional dictionary built right into MacOS X. It can give definitions, synonyms, antonyms and even web sourced information (wikipedia).

    I use the Dictionary's thesaurus function each time I run out of expletives to use.
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    There are just two reasons to use Word:
    • You like it.
    • You need to exchange files with other Word users.
    If your reasons don't fall into these two categories, then there are numerous alternatives that will serve you well. exegete77's suggestion of Nisus Write Pro is a good one.
     
  7. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    Pages can read and create Word documents -.-'
     
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  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Nisus is a good solution. Never heard of this (thesaurus) is as a reason?
     
  10. Punkwaffle thread starter macrumors regular

    Punkwaffle

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    I think we're getting off base on the topic at hand.
    I'm sure Nisus and others are great programs, but I am just looking for a program that has a right-click synonym list.

    That's all.

    Any suggestions?
     
  11. Mal macrumors 603

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    It's not via right click, but if you hit Cmd-Opt-D you can get the dictionary definition of any word, and click to switch the thesaurus from there. Dunno if there's a setting to make the thesaurus the default, if that's what you want to use it for.

    Screen shot 2010-03-31 at 11.15.53 AM.PNG

    jW
     
  12. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Note that you have to select some text first, for this to work. Also, it works best in Services-aware Mac applications.
     
  13. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    No select. Just hover cursor over word and type Command + Option + D ;) But its only available in Apple Apps I believe.
     
  14. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Didn't know that. I assumed that all Services things require something selected first. Guess I was wrong... learn something new every day I visit these forums. :eek::):D
     

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