Working With OS X

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dejamoi, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. dejamoi macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2005
    Hello everyone! As some of you may know, next week I will be purchasing a Mac Mini; it will be my first apple computer ever! I have researched greatly upon the hardware I need and am now looking at software. I just had one question as I am a high school student: what does OS X come with that will let me make presentations, documents, etc.? :rolleyes:

    I heard that it comes with Appleworks, but I also heard that it come with the iWork suite. Which one? Sorry, but I'm confused as to which suite it comes with.

    Thanks so much for your help,

    Bob Sullivan :)
  2. neocell macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2005
    Great White North
    It comes with appleworks, iLife, and a 30 day trial of iWork. You school, or wherever you're buying it might add in iWork but it doesn't come standard with the purchase of a mini. (see bottom right of linked page.
  3. gangst macrumors 6502a

    Dec 27, 2004
    To make presentations etc.,personally I recommend Microsoft Office, and you can get the student edition which is very reasonable.
  4. dejamoi thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2005
    Oh Ok

    Wow, that was quick. Appleworks isn't that bad acutally, and yes, maybe I will get Microsoft Word, etc. for my mac if I need too.

    But lets says I don't want to use iWork, can I just uninstall it before it expires like any other program?

    Thanks alot guys for your help!

  5. neocell macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2005
    Great White North
    You have to install it first, so if you already know you don't want to use it do nothing. If you do use the trial version, yeah just dump it out when you're done with it.
  6. mcmillan macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2004
    Keynote 2 (A part of iWork) is a great application. The only thing I'm worried about is that you won't have anyplace to play it (Unless there's a Mac in your school).

    Keynote feature PowerPoint exporting, but you lose a lot of the good feature in Keynote.

    If there are Macs at your school, go for iWork, if there are mostly PCs at your school, then go for PowerPoint. And I don't think AppleWorks is very good, unless you're doing really simple stuff, but you'd have the same compatibility problem.
  7. lexfuzo macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    The heart of Europe
    Try NeoOffice

    For documents, spreadsheet, presentation:
    I like it better than MSOffice and it's free :)
  8. 20rogersc macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2005
    Brighton, UK
    NeoOfficeJ seems to be quuite buggy, try OpenOffice as well, as their new version out is brilliant!

  9. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    For school, Office is pretty great. Since many of my Professors will post their lectures online as powerpoint presentations and word documents, it just makes things easier. I know you can do this with OpenOffice as well, but it's nice to have the real thing, even if it is by Microsoft.
  10. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601


    Feb 27, 2005
    While AppleWorks may be an ancient program, it does it's job wonderfully and extremely stably - something Microsoft, and even Apple (as in Pages, while a great app, it's still buggy for lots of folks) have failed to replicate with iWork (Keynote 2 is superb though) and MS Office.
  11. Heb1228 macrumors 68020


    Feb 3, 2004
    Virginia Beach, VA
    As a student, I can tell you you're really going to want MS Office. OpenOffice is ugly and a pain to use. MS Office for mac is really a great product. Its worth the money plus you avoid the frustration with either Appleworks or OpenOffice.
  12. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    I completely agree with Heb1228. Just get Office. :)
  13. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    From the people I know who have both, Keynote (part of iWork) is about the best presentation software you'll fine, easily blows away PowerPoint (3D effects and transitions, whoo), AND it can save to PowerPoint's format. Only problem is that iWork doesn't have a spreadsheet, so it might be better to just get Office.
  14. dejamoi thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2005
    "Ah, I see," said the blind man.

    Hey, :rolleyes:

    Sorry about the late reply, school; you know. Anyway, yeah, I think I will get Microsoft Office but that Neo one doens't look all that bad either... I'd test it out but I still have this damned PC 'till my Mac Mini arrives. :D

    Thanks Again,


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