Word processing software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by lukeniknak, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. lukeniknak macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2013
    I just got my first Mac and I need some word processing software, preferably something that I can save in Microsoft Office format so I can print it at college.

    Whats the best thing to buy?
  2. Ray Brady macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2011
    Pages is Apple's proprietary word-processing software. It shares much of Microsoft Word's functionality, and can read and write Word documents seamlessly. Unlike Word, it's also only $20.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I prefer MS Office for Mac, for maximum compatibility with Windows users. If you don't want MS Office for some reason, there are many alternatives, such as iWork, NeoOffice, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, Google Docs, etc. Searching the forum will reveal dozens of threads discussing these various alternatives and the pros and cons of each, such as this small sampling:
  4. Spikeywan macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2012
    Check with your employer. I was able to download Office for Mac via the Home Use Program for £8.95.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I recommend MS Office, that provides the most function and features, along with compatibility with office docs. Short of that there'sLibreoffice which is open source and very powerful
  6. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    I prefer Pages, Numbers, Keynote to Mac Office Suite ( it really is a PITA ).
  7. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    If you create mainly simple text documents without too much formatting, then Pages may be fine. It is a very capable word processor and a lot cheaper than Word. Although it does have an export to Word option, you may get some small conversion issues. If you only need to print, Pages has the capability of exporting to PDF. If you use that method you will preserve your formatting and you should have no problem printing on another computer.
  8. isephmusic macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2012
    my mac came with iwork so i got microsoft office. i definitely use word tons more than pages
  9. dazed macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    Its worth getting Office. There will be less chance of problems when taking it to college since thats probably what they use.

    It would suck to get there and find that reports format didn't save properly.

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