Worst Software Nominations

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by pubwvj, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. pubwvj macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
    Is there any software worse than Microsoft Office? It is a bloated hog and slow. I have auto calc turned off in preferences to speed things up but it is still slow. I tried switching to Apple Numbers but my spreadsheets didn't look right so I had to abandon that. Ideas?

    What I would really love is something that would run compatible across my iPod/iPhone, the iPad and my MacOS Mac so I can make spreadsheets to use on all of them but I realize that is probably asking too much. I've tried some of the App spreadsheets and bought one. Iffy.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I don't have any problems with Microsoft Office.
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    MS Office works perfectly fine on my MBP. Perhaps you have some other issue that needs to be addressed.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Yeah office is bloated, no one's going to deny that, but the same accusation could be made for OSX at this point. Its not really svelte kitty.

    Office is ok, I'd not classify it as the worst software by any stretch.
  5. zeemeerman2 macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2010
    MS Office Word 2004 works fine by me.
    Didn't try 2008 yet. :eek:

    Only issue I got with 2004 is that if I open it (mostly via CMD+Tab, since it's opened already, just at the background), it's slow to load.
    But once it's loaded, I'm good to go. (Until I switch again to another program. :D)
  6. iSee macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2004
    I had that problem which was solved by adding RAM. This was a while back so maybe dosn't apply to you. I'm talking 256 to 512 or 512 to 1GB on the first intel iMac.

    To the OP... I've actually had decent luck with Office (both 2004 and 2008). Sure, it is bloated and loads slow. But once it gets going it has been pretty good.

    I have noticed that Word 2004 (at least) leaks memory so it needs to be restarted occasionally. (My wife uses it heavily on a machine with 2GB of RAM and I tell her to restart it once a day, or so, and it's fine.)

    If you have a lower end machine, I can understand what you're saying. But with a newer machine + 1 GB RAM, I don't thing you should see significant slow downs. Maybe give a little more info on when/how it slows down for you.
  7. wjcapehart macrumors newbie

    Apr 8, 2010
    Office 2007, especially Word has an unresolved problem where it freezes at various levels of use. It doesn't affect all users and it happens at several places in use. There seems to be a haphazard response form the MBU and the MVPs have been flapping in the breeze trying to play whack a mole (and to be honest, taking user abuse that should go to MBU).

    MS Office is the flagship office productivity package no matter what you think of it. It is the standard for which all other packages (iWork, OO) must be compatible or it's game over. Even if you don't have a problem yourself with Word, that freezing "feature" in itself makes Office 2008 the hands down winner (or is it looser). MS Office should fixing a problem that seems to have been present since the get-go. And they don't seem to be on their game.
  8. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Clearly you've never been exposed to Lotus Notes on the Mac. ;)
  9. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    iTunes. I mean what can you say about a program that spontaneously wants to erase all your music when you want to sync a few ringtones, takes forever to read files into its library, has poor support for audio and video formats, often has a hard time getting album artwork etc etc.

    Adobe's whole CS4 suite is also rather crap considering it's a really expensive package meant for professionals. It's full of obscure errors and bugs caused by sloppy developers, poor user interface design, typos and text display issues, each program does the same things differently (different font dialogs, different keyboard shortcuts etc) and doesn't adhere to any MacOS design guidelines. But hey, at least it makes 3D hats! ;)

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