Word processing on the retina MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by roberticus70, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. roberticus70 macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2012
    For anyone out who wants to do word processing on the rMBP in retina resolution, I have so far come across two apps that can go beyond what TextEdit can handle:

    -Google Docs (not ideal); and

    -OpenOffice (a bit better).

    But I'm curious to hear if anyone else has come up with other solutions. (Especially anything that can handle footnotes and export to Word.)

    ...It seems strange that iWorks is still MIA (as of June 26th) -- when the rMBP was touted at Macworld as ideal for both graphics people but also those who work primarily with text...
  2. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    I think we are going to see a new version of iwork with ML's release that includes 64 bit, icloud integration, retina optimized, and a new inferface that is congruous with iOS version of iwork. It is beyond due by now.
  3. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    OpenOffice has... issues. The real OpenOffice got moved to LibreOffice, its just they didn't own the name so had to use a new name. Its much better and better supported than OpenOffice.
  4. roberticus70 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2012
  5. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    I just don't get why they haven't updated Pages. Maybe prepping for a bigger release with Mountain Lion?
  6. jaehlee87 macrumors newbie

    Oct 6, 2011
    What's the problem again?

    Hi. I don't seem to understand the problem. Are you looking for Retina optimised processor? How come you're not considering Microsoft Word?
  7. Rmafive macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2008
    Richmond, Virginia
    I hope that Microsoft brings a fast update to Word this time, unlike with Lion. I feel that Microsoft Word is by far the best word processor!
  8. stevelam macrumors 65816

    Nov 4, 2010
    Um because MS Word isn't retina optimized? Duh
  9. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    I don't think any decent office app set is yet.
  10. Crazy Badger macrumors 65816

    Crazy Badger

    Apr 1, 2008
    I was playing with a rMBP in the Glasgow Apple Store yesterday and opened up MS Word to see what it looked like. In a word, terrible and not something I could have used on a daily basis. Very fuzzy text that would have been difficult to read for any period of time.
  11. URFloorMatt macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    Washington, D.C.
    You can use Pages in limited fashion if you right click > Get Info > Un-click Open in Low Resolution. There is a bug, however, that basically cripples the app if your document is longer than one page because text doesn't show up at all on subsequent pages.
  12. mrmarts macrumors 65816

    Feb 6, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    I have used both iWork and MS office both look heavily pixelated on the default settings of my mac display. I however found the Bean a open source word processor does wonders until both apple and Microsoft release future updates!
  13. Greg M macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2008
    Because Word looks HORRIBLE on the retina. After seeing how bad it looked I found LibreOffice and it looks great on the retina. Plus I no longer have to deal with Microsoft's latest anti-piracy crap.
  14. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
  15. notyourattorney macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2007
    To get retina performance out of Word, set your rMBP to native using one of the third party scripts (I use SetRes.app, a simple apple script app). Then use Word's zoom to 200%. Boom, done, perfect text. UI is TINY, of course, so this is not ideal but at least for me, most of my Word UI use is stuff I've done a million times, I'm not really hunting through the menus much. And it takes 2 seconds to pop back into a reasonable resolution if you really need to get fancy.

    Also, to everyone who thinks the text display in Word at scaled resolutions is "terrible" and "unusable," I encourage you to view Word on your rMBP next to Word on any other computer. The rMBP (scaled res) is worse, but the difference is not huge. It isn't really that Word is so bad on the rMBP, it is that you very quickly get used to the vastly superior display in retina-ready apps like Safari or TextEdit, and going back to crappy old text is jarring.

    Finally, the "higher resolution" scaled settings I found produced marginally better text in Word than the "Best for Retina" but nothing approaches the native setting, which is, as I said, perfect.

    EDIT: Also, a side benefit of tiny UI is that it has encouraged me to try and rely more on keyboard shortcuts, something I am always trying to get better about, but don't have the discipline to do normally. Kind of wish I'd thought of some way of impairing the UI to make myself use shortcuts earlier! Not trying to be an apologist here, working at 2880 is obviously a kludge in a lot of ways, but it isn't all bad.
  16. mrmarts macrumors 65816

    Feb 6, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    I'am about to return to uni this week with my brand spanking new macbook pro retina, but the lack of software updates on this thing is driving me nuts I have an alternative word processor Bean which works great on the screen but what about software for presentations is there any third party powerpoint or keynote software out there.

    till than i'am waiting for office 2013 or the next iWork software package if it is more promising than office which i hope will support the retina display.
  17. nightlong macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2012
    There won't be a mac version of Office 2013 apparently.
  18. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Seconded for LibreOffice. I always used to use MSOffice on the PC because although OpenOffice did some things, it was always a bit rough around the edges and couldn't properly open or save many documents written in MSO. LibreOffice seems much better, retina text, and hasn't burped at any documents yet.
  19. austinguy23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2008
    The fact that iWork wasn't updated for Retina to coincide with the release of the rMBP is yet another indication that this laptop was rushed to market way too quickly (as though the lag issues didn't clue everyone in on this).
  20. Rajpdx macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2012
    Having not experienced the "lag" I'm rather glad they did.
  21. houkouonchi macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2005
    This is a case where people running the non HiDPI mode 2880x1800 benefit. Sure the menu's might be small but you can change the zoom in office and get retina quality text even though the app does not support HiDPI mode. Any app that does scaling/rendering is like this (like google maps, firefox, etc..).
  22. Dr Charter macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2011
    I use Bean. The icons are a bit fuzzy, but the text is crisp.
  23. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    I use BootCamp Win7 in 2800 X 1800 mode. Microsoft Word works fine there with system's 150% increase in DPI. IE9 also works better than Chrome. 1st time I found a reason to use IE9 other than for some outdated govt. websites.

    Running in Parallel don't seem ideal, and could work. I tried a bit but couldn't be bothered spending more time as 1920x1900 is pixelated, and MacOS in 2880x1800 is too small, and I havn't spent time to try to adjust the dpi/font size.

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