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How can I make Office 2003 work with Lion?

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t1footsoc Calculating status...
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Jul 22, 2011 8:19 AM

Just made the switch to Lion only to find that Office 2003 was incompatible with the new OS. Any way to work around this or do I just need to upgrade to Office 2008 or 2011?

  • Shawn Grinter 2 Level 3 Level 3 (925 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 8:25 AM (in response to t1footsoc)

    LoL

     

    I presume you mean Office 2004 - 2003 is a PC version.

     

    If so - then no - 2004 will *never* work with Lion.

     

    Ever

     

    Period

     

    (Did I say never?)

     

    You'll need 2008 or 2011 (note I understand the installer is PPC so you'll need to upgrade before going to Lion )

     

     

    Consider also iWork - much cheaper.

     

    regards,

    Shawn

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,795 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 8:27 AM (in response to Shawn Grinter 2)

    The installer for Office for Mac 2008 is PPC. It is not on Office for Mac 2011.

  • scb Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 8:27 AM (in response to Shawn Grinter 2)

    You can make a partition and install SL and Office there. You can run Parallels with a Server version of SL.

  • John Hammer1 Level 4 Level 4 (2,805 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 8:31 AM (in response to t1footsoc)

    As Shawn said, if your copy of Office is a PC version, it won't work under Lion. You could try Virtual Box to run Windows on your Mac, or create a Windows boot partition.

     

    If that's some old version of Office for Mac, then it won't run under Lion. This is because Lion does not include, and cannot run, Rosetta, which is the code converter which allowed old PPC-based Mac software to run on Intel-based Macs.

     

    I second the notion of getting Pages. It's not expensive, it's easy to buy and install at the Mac App Store, and it works really well. It will read all of your Word files. Ditto for Numbers and Keynote.

     

    You could also take a look at OpenOffice or NeoOffice. Both are free (the latest version of NeoOffice requires a $10 or higher donation, but the next-to-last version works fine and does not require a donation) and work well.

  • noshooz Calculating status...
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    Jul 22, 2011 8:34 AM (in response to John Hammer1)

    I also got Pages '09 from the App Store to replace my now-defunct copy of Office 2004 after reading up on it and concluding that it fits the bill nicely for me. I only used Word to read documents that I received in e-mails. I rarely published anything in Word.

  • scb Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 8:37 AM (in response to noshooz)

    From how you describe your needs, yes, iWork apps will be fine for you. Remember to "Save As..." to make Office versions of your docs, for people who do use Office, PC or Mac.

  • Shawn Grinter 2 Level 3 Level 3 (925 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 8:45 AM (in response to t1footsoc)

    t1footsoc

     

    Yes - it's a ****** of a lot different - totally diffent beastie, so if consistancy is your objective then go with Office 2008 as that's the closest to 2004 IMHO. BUT - once you get use to iWork it will be plain sailing

     

    Regards,

    Shawn

     

    P.S. There is a trial version of iWork ( I'm running on my PPC G4 at the moment to ccheck compatibility before I upgrade my other systems )

  • scb Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 8:51 AM (in response to Shawn Grinter 2)

    There is no comparison. If you are using macros, stickk with Excel. Numbers is fairly basic.

     

    That said, if you do standard things, I like Numbers a lot, and have gone away from Office completely. The "inspecter" in iWork apps is very efective.

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