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  • 15. Re: iCloud > Lion $29.99 > MS Office 2004 not supported > $$$
    Barney-15E Level 8 Level 8 (35,275 points)

    zanyface wrote:

     

    Will MS Office 2008 be enough for home use (write letters, hardly use excel & pp).  Is 2011 better?

    I moved to 2011 from 2008 because I got a good deal on it through work. I think 2011 is a better product (likely the best version they've released since Word 5).

    However, I'll add to the recommendation to give Pages a try. It is a little different than Word, so it will take a little getting used to its idiosyncracies, but I like using it much better than Word. If you need to, you can export your files as Word documents to send to people using Word (and you can import Word docs the same).

  • 16. Re: iCloud > Lion $29.99 > MS Office 2004 not supported > $$$
    Eric. Level 6 Level 6 (12,260 points)

    Barney-15E wrote:

     

    zanyface wrote:

     

    Will MS Office 2008 be enough for home use (write letters, hardly use excel & pp).  Is 2011 better?

    I moved to 2011 from 2008 because I got a good deal on it through work. I think 2011 is a better product (likely the best version they've released since Word 5).

    However, I'll add to the recommendation to give Pages a try. It is a little different than Word, so it will take a little getting used to its idiosyncracies, but I like using it much better than Word. If you need to, you can export your files as Word documents to send to people using Word (and you can import Word docs the same).

     

    Pretty much agree with Barney.

     

    I'll add, if you don't need Outlook 2011, then consider the Home & Student version of Office 2011 which doesn't have Outlook; it costs a bit less than the Business & Home version which includes Outlook. 2011 has the ribbon interface that I don't like, but I think in general the 2011 versions are bit better in terms of performance. Word 2008 in Snow Leopard used to freeze on me quite a bit; I don't see that as much with 2011 although I wish Excel 2011 wasn't as laggy as it is. Pretty much all OS X versions of Excel (and probably all Office apps) have been laggy than the Windows versions (and even the old Mac Classic version) that I've tried in terms of speed/performance.

     

    I've also used Pages a bit, but use Word more so for compatibility with users at work who use Win Word. Pages to me seems take its cues from desktop publishing, with an emphasis on the frame philosophy. Since I also use QuarkXpress and Indesign (and way back when Framemaker Mac), I get what's going on with Pages.

     

    Takes a slight rethink/adjustment if you're accustomed to classic word processing like Word and WordPerfect. With Word, MS tries on occasion to do a bit with frames, but it's usually pretty bad; in MS behalf, things don't behave as I would expect them to coming from DTP apps.

     

    In terms of importing and exporting formats from different apps, been there done that for decades. I still have yet to see 100% compatibility. If document formatting is critical (as it is for me), and the people you exchange documents use Win Word, then you might want to consider Mac Word rather than Pages. The more complex the documents, the higher the change that formatting gets messed up -- ever so slightly -- on the other end. If it's just straight text, it's probably much less critical to stay with Word.

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