Word Processing App on new iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Coastie3202, Mar 9, 2010.

  1. Coastie3202 macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2010
    My daughter just bought a new iMac with the Snow Leopard OS. She is now frustrated because she cannot find any word processing app on the factory software bundle.

    Is there anything there for word processing/publishing? If so, what is it called?

    If now, what would be recommended? I know that that will be a personal preference issue, but am interested in what others are using.

    I also bought an iMac but I also have a PC in my home office so I have no time crunch on getting it all figured out. My daughter on the other hand has college classes and her PC crapped out on her, so iMac is what she has.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  3. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    There are 3 that I know of.

    OpenOffice - It's free and compatible with Microsoft Office to an extent. http://www.openoffice.org/

    Office:Mac 2008 - Microsoft Office for Mac 2008. A bit of a slow and complicated port in my opinion, but it works. http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/Office2008/default.mspx

    iWork '09 - Apple's office suite. Costs less than Office:Mac, is compatible with Microsoft Office like OpenOffice, and is often seen as the best for Mac. http://www.apple.com/iwork/

    I use Office:Mac for compatibility's sake.
  4. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    While these are free alternatives, I would recommend investing in iWork
    It is well worth the cost to get Pages, Numbers and Keynote
  5. Morod macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2008
    On The Nickel, over there....
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Seriously? You're asking if Macs can run word processing software??

    Did the new iMac come with a 30-day trial of iWork? If so, that includes Pages, which is Apple's own word processing application. I don't know if iWork is always bundled with the OS in a new Mac, it was with mine. iWork also includes Numbers (think Excel) and Keynote (PowerPoint).
  7. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    There is a 30 day free trial for iWork, which should be on one of the installation disks if it is not already installed or can be downloaded from Apple's site.


    I should mention that there is a student version of Microsoft office for Mac that your daughter might be eligible which is listed for about $110 on Amazon.
  8. Coastie3202 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2010
    Maybe the trial version of iWork is on the applications CD that was in the box. Have to check that out.
  9. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2003
    if she's a student she needs Microsoft Office. It's the standard, and will save her hassle trying to convert formats from other programs.
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    And if I'm not mistaken, it gives you three licenses. Maybe that's the Student and Teacher Edition, if there's a difference.
  11. lionheartednyhc macrumors 65816


    Jul 13, 2009
    How long ago did she buy the computer, and from where? If shes within the Apple Store 14 day period, tell her to go back and get her $30 discount on iwork.
  12. Cboss macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2008
    Many of the free Microsoft Office alternatives can open and save files in Microsoft Office format, iWork can as well.

    +1 for Bean if she doesn't need to share the files with others. It's a very clean, simple program that's getting better all of the time. (It's free, so if she doesn't like it there's no loss.)

    Otherwise I prefer iWork, but it's all a matter of personal preference in the end.
  13. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    While all of the Microsoft office alternatives can save in Microsoft formats, it doesn't always work perfectly - format issues can show up and somethings don't work well.
  14. sonnyh macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2009
    I agree after having purchased Iworks and used Neooffice. I'm retired, but still do a bit of consulting for my previous employer. They unfortunately use formatted excel and word files which do not display well in Iworks and Neooffice. What I did was re-formatted them in Neooffice and sent as PDF files, which was a bit of work.
  15. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    Yes. There's a good discussion going on in this thread. Basically if you expect to do a lot of sharing files with other people, you'd better get Microsoft Office to save everyone a lot of hassle. But if you mostly write documents for your own use, or share only printed or PDF versions with others, then feel free to use whatever you like.

    I have both MS Office and iWork, and I use both.

    But to answer the OP's specific question of "what comes included", TextEdit is Apple's equivalent to WordPad.

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