What is an alternative to MS Office?

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  1. Lipstick macrumors member

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    Looking for a program similar to that of Microsoft's Office. Is there a Mac equivalent, pre-installed? If not, please recommend something I can download. Thank you.
     
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  3. ceezy3000 macrumors 6502

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    iwork from apple which is paid. they also have trials there is also openoffice, neooffice and ibm's lotus symphony
     
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    For those of us who have been around forever, these threads seem superfluous
    However, for someone new, this is their first tentative experience
    I still remember how I felt with my first post ;)
    We need to find some balance

    For searching, better results are usually achieved with MRoogle

    To answer the OP's question... iWork is good and great value, but you may find Open Office/Neo Office more Office-like and they are free

    If you are just looking for word processing... you can try Bean


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  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Let us not forget that Text Edit reads Word files.

    If you need Microsoft Office-compatibility, then you may find that your best bet is Microsoft Office. Office 2008 does not have VBA support, but is about as OK otherwise as a Microsoft application gets. Office 2004 is probably the most compatible version of Office on any platform. Microsoft did not update the suite to provide internal support for Office 2007 formats. For these, you must use Microsoft's Open XML Converter. Be warned: Microsoft does not support Access on the Mac. It is my understanding that OpenOffice.org/NeoOffice handles Access files.
     
  7. turkay macrumors regular

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    I tried all of them and parked at Office 2007 with VMware Fusion (unity).
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    If you need complete compatability, this is the way to go
    However, it does require the added expense of an OS (XP/Vista) or Windows 7 when it comes out
    And, if going virtual and not Boot Camp, the expense of Fusion or Parallels (unless you use Virtual Box)

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  9. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

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    I prefer iWork, but I do have Office 2007 which runs very well in CrossOver & does not require the expense of Windows.
     
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    Hey could the Moderator who edited both of my posts out please PM me? I have sent an apology to Lipstick, but would like to speak with whoever it was who deleted my stuff so I can explain myself a little. I incorrectly assumed MacDawg was a mod and PM'd him with my arguments, so please, could I face my accusers here?
     

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