What word processor do you use?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Fry42, Aug 26, 2011.

  1. Fry42 macrumors newbie

    Aug 4, 2011
    Migrating from Microsoft Word to Pages and back again to Word, I would like to know what some of the forum members use. Recommendations of other programs that are not Word or Pages are also welcome!
  2. matbook101 macrumors 6502


    Feb 8, 2010
    In the secret land of Cupertino.
    Open Office......
  3. ljonesj macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Kingsport TN
    Pages, open office, libre office, text editor I only use the open source free ones but i do have pages its alright for certain ones i use manly to construct my documents as i found out sometimes it does not open word.docs all that well for me
  4. solaris macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    Microsoft Word 2011

    As it is provided to me for free by my employer.
  5. speacock macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2011
    Word 2011 on Mac, Word 2007 on Windows

    We use Word 2011 for our Macs, the main reason being that Word 2008 is rubbish and 2011 improves on it dramatically. On PCs we still use Word 2007 because it works well enough and we've not got round to upgrading yet.

    I've tried OpenOffice and LibreOffice (and StarOffice when it was still around) and while they're quite good in their own right (although the last version of OpenOffice I tried was unusably slow, not a problem I've seen with LibreOffice), they all suffer one huge problem - compatibility. If you have a legacy of documents created in Word, if you receive documents from outside created in Word (and who doesn't?). if you have templates that were created in Word, then in my experience you'll struggle with any of the alternatives. I've yet to come across a single document with anything more than basic text in it that opens properly in any of the alternatives, and conversely, if you create complex documents in the alternatives, then other people will not be able to open them correctly.

    If you live in a world where you don't exchange documents with others and you don't have any legacy of documents that you need to revisit or re-use, then OpenOffice of LibreOffice should be fine for you. If not, I'd say that like the rest of us you'll be forced to accept that MS owns the word-processor (and presentation and spreadsheet) world and you just have to learn to live with it.

    If you do live in that unusual world, you may want to look at something like Google Apps or Office 365, though if you need to create complex documents or work offline then these won't suit.
  6. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
    Location: and
  7. kafunanapah macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2011
    LaTex... so much better than Word, if you can handle the learning curve!
  8. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I use Pages. My word processing needs are not intense and Pages is much easier for me to use.
  9. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    Word when collaborating

    Pages otherwise because it does all I need, efficiently, and produces nice looking output.

    But I also use OpenOffice because it will open everything, particularly my old WordPerfect docs and student homework done in OpenOffice.

    Not really "word processing", but also use CircusPonies notebook for notes (best alternative to Microsoft OneNote) and if I ever have to do long form writing again I'd buy Scrivener. For programing I use the multi-platform Lugaru Epsilon, and Dreamweaver for HTML.
  10. PurpleMarmalade macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    A mixture of Word 2011 for Mac (best version of Word on the Mac since 5.1) and Mellel (specifically designed for academics.)
  11. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    For REALLY SIMPLE word processing, nothing fancy at all, Bean is a nice little app.
  12. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I use Word, I'm pleased with the balance of power/performance. I do hate the ribbon though. For simple stuff, I use textedit for notes or what not.
  13. speacock macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2011
    The Word ribbon seems to be something you either love or hate, there's no inbetween (if it was a UK only audience I'd say it's Marmite).

    I use Word for probably 4 hours out of every day and I hated the ribbon when I first switched, I wanted to bo back to the previous version, but it grew on me and now I like it. It can be a problem if you've got a small screen though as it uses up a lot of your space, you can partially overcome that by minimizing though so that it only pops out when you click on a menu item.
  14. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    Office 2011 came free when I bought mine from a college student, but it's absolutely horrible when compared to the Windows version that I've been using for 10+ years.
    So I use Pages.
  15. aussie_geek macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Sydney Australia
    Mainly pages. Then export to pdf for distribution. I have Office in a parallels virtual machine for any time I have to edit word docs.

    Pages reads all the content in word but does not preserve the formatting that well...
  16. swedefish macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2008
    I use Word 2011 for editing whatever I write before distributing, but depending on what I write, I use a bunch of different word processors, notably Scrivener (for larger projects), Write Room (for writing short essays and memos), and even Text Edit for when I take notes from PDFs. Scrivener is really great if you're working with larger projects such as novels, dissertations, etc.
  17. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I love Microsoft Word and I also love Pages. Each for different reasons. However, since Lion came out I have seen issues with Word, and Microsoft isn't planning on fixing Lion related issues anytime soon. With that in mind I am only using Word for work related documents since at work we use MS Office in a Windows environment.

    Since getting the Mac back in March, I have been playing around with Pages and the more I play with it and become more familiar with what it can do I am really beginning to like it more and more. It seems more flexible and is a LOT easier to use than Word. I am very familiar with Word having used Windows versions for 15 plus years, and I like Word. Now with the "Apple Ecosystem" with the Mac, iPhone, iPad and Microsoft dragging their heels on an Office:Mac update Pages is looking better and better.
  18. exegete77 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 12, 2008
    For heavy duty stuff, I use Mellel; never crashed in 7+ years of use, especially good at long documents, and handles Hebrew properly within an English context. Very powerful auto-titles, multiple independent notestreams, superb styles sheets.

    I also use Nisus Writer Pro, very capable program, but more for short, quick projects.

    Both work well with Bookends and Sente.

    If writing is your thing and you only need to export to .rtf, then consider Scrivener. Superb planning, research, integration tool, best all in one writing tool.

    And if you want real power, consider Tinderbox for research, Scrivener for writing tool (buy as a bundle and save). Tinderbox will expand to meet your level no matter how advanced you go.
  19. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Pages for documents I don't need to share as an editable document. Which is most of what I need to do. Pages works very well as a simple Page Layout program, and most of what I do is either internal documents or being distributed as a PDF or as hard-copy.

    When I am collaborating on a document, if it's simple I use Pages and then try to remember to "Share". Though for most instances I use NeoOffice for collaboration. I like NeoOffice enough I donated to the cause. It's saved me lots of $$ by allowing me to not have to buy MS Word.
  20. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    May 19, 2008
    Double Parked out front of the Courthouse
    Been using Pages only now for the last 3 years.
  21. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2005
    Agreed. You'll get 9/10ths of what the big, bloated programs (aforementioned) offer, yet it's lightweight and free.
  22. shinji macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    Mostly Word.

    If it's plain text though, and I don't need any formatting, I use BBEdit or Textmate.
  23. CaptMurdock Suspended


    Jan 2, 2009
    The Evildrome Boozerama
    I've used Word for fifteen years, often out of necessity, now more out of habit. I did try Pages, and I just wasn't crazy about it. Open Office seemed like a bloatware version of AppleWorks. :confused: I am currently on Word 2008, although the Mrs. is still using 2004 -- she's always been a little retro. :cool:

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