11 Replies Latest reply: May 13, 2012 9:50 PM by clintonfrombirmingham
lolapoplil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I  am new to Mac and at a loss for which word processing software I should use for basic letters, etc.

  • 1. Re: new to mac what word processor program should i use
    Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (49,275 points)

    Pages is a combination of greatest hits from word processing and minor page layout. Available from the Mac App Store.

  • 2. Re: new to mac what word processor program should i use
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (118,270 points)

    Before paying for software, try out the built-in TextEdit application. It might be adequate for your needs.

  • 3. Re: new to mac what word processor program should i use
    clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (28,675 points)

    Although I've been using Microsoft Word since 1985, I would suggest buying Apple's Pages, which can be found in the App Store for $19.99, I believe. I need the power of Word and I bought MS Office 2011 for Mac, so that's what I use... but for something simple, elegant and - in it's own right - powerful, I'd suggest Pages.

     

    Regards,

     

    Clinton

  • 4. Re: new to mac what word processor program should i use
    abc123d Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Pages is a great program, and is the word processor of my choice; but if you don't want to spend money for it you can try an open souce program. They can do basic stuff, but they are not as powerful as pages of MS Word.

    If your intresed in searching for an open office program I would recomend souceforge as your search engine. *Just be cautions of what you download, they pretty good at sreening for viruses, but there is always a slight chance with any open software. Again, I use pages and love it, and you can downlaod it safly from the App store, I just saying their are other free options you can try.

  • 5. Re: new to mac what word processor program should i use
    BobTheFisherman Level 6 Level 6 (10,970 points)

    Depends on the environment in which you will be using the word processor. If you are at a university or corporation where everyone uses Microsoft Word and you will be sharing/exchanging documents, get Microsoft Word. If you are at home and no one else needs to use your documents, get ant word processing program you like. Similarly, if you are in a business environment and everyone uses/exchanges documents produced with Pages, get Pages.

  • 6. Re: new to mac what word processor program should i use
    Csound1 Level 8 Level 8 (35,445 points)

    lolapoplil wrote:

     

    I  am new to Mac and at a loss for which word processing software I should use for basic letters, etc.

    Bean

  • 7. Re: new to mac what word processor program should i use
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    LibreOffice is a free (donations) whole office-like suit that is cross platform, Windows, OS X and Linux versions and also reads and writes Office files.

     

     

    If your working somewhat  with Windows and Office users trading files occassionally, then you should try to use OfficeMac if your job/experience depends upon it, however it comes at a slight security risk price.

     

    If your working heavily with Office files with other users, then you should run Windows and Office just like they do for best compatability of fonts, layouts etc., which get messed up when one transfers files between platforms.

     

    Pages is good, but your in niche Apple land there. With Apple's on focus only on the rich consumer tech market, Mac penetration into buisness or corporate space is about nil.

     

    The dangers with locking your files into Pages (or any Mac only software format) is only a Mac can run Pages, you might not want a Mac your next hardware upgrade cycle around.

     

    And Apple only supports the last two OS X versions in circulation on their hardware, so your forced into paid upgrades of OS X which sometimes (like 10.7 did) break a lot of your older software or runs slow on older hardware.

     

    You might decide you can't afford Apple's more rapid hardware upgrade cycle and want to switch to another platform, perhaps your job requires a strict Windows PC for hardware needs (even though a Mac can run Windows, it's not a generic PC), or your Mac may be in the shop.

     

    It's times like this that you wish your files were in a more neutral and cross platform state.

     

    Something to think about.

  • 8. Re: new to mac what word processor program should i use
    clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (28,675 points)

    Pages is good, but your in niche Apple land there. With Apple's on focus only on the rich consumer tech market, Mac penetration into buisness or corporate space is about nil.

     

    The dangers with locking your files into Pages (or any Mac only software format) is only a Mac can run Pages, you might not want a Mac your next hardware upgrade cycle around.

    But the nice thing about Pages (and this is coming from someone who has been using Word since 1985 and use it to this day, for the most part) is that Pages can both read .doc and .docx documents and write .doc documents so they can be shared across platforms as well as applications. And, as has been noted, for $20 it is most powerful and feature-laden.

     

    I stick by my guns and, as a Microsoft user, recommend Pages.

     

    Regards,

     

    Clinton

  • 9. Re: new to mac what word processor program should i use
    ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    But there is no Pages for Windows, am I correct?

  • 10. Re: new to mac what word processor program should i use
    dominic23 Level 7 Level 7 (20,955 points)

    Pages

     

    Matches the look and feel of Mac OS X.

     

    Great for basic letters, newsletter, etc. There is no ready to use built-in Mailmerge.

     

    http://www.apple.com/iwork/pages/

     

    OpenOffice.

     

    Matches the look and feel of MS Office.

     

    http://www.openoffice.org/product/index.html

     

    Best.

  • 11. Re: new to mac what word processor program should i use
    clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (28,675 points)

    No, no Pages for Windows, but it plays nice with Word formats, and I'm not even sure if that's a concern of the OP or not!

     

    Regards,

     

    Clinton