1 Reply Latest reply: May 3, 2012 6:12 AM by Tom Gewecke
Mamer11172 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have just purchased a macbook pro, first time to switch from a PC. I am really impressed wirh the overall experience of my new powerhouse with one MAJOR drawback; the Arabic Text and numeral support within the microsoft office package of applicatIons. I tried the openoffice package, and althought it partially solved the problem, yet I still suffer from compatability issues, be it with old microsoft office files that I already have or even newly created ones. So i figured maybe I should turn to Apple's native software packages,since I know that the laptop itself supports Arabic, so then maybe the problem would be inherant to the microsoft for Mac. Can anyone help me whether this assumption is true or not, and which spread sheet and text editor software should I choose to have full and compatible support for Arabic text and numerals typing. Thx

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (75,740 points)

    No version of MS Word for OS X has ever supported Arabic.


    Unfortunately Apple's iWork apps also have bugs that make them unsuitable for Arabic for most people.


    The best text editor is Mellel, but TextEdit, Nisus Writer, and OpenOffice normally work OK.


    As for compatibility with Windows stuff, perfection sometimes just not possible, and if you really need that, you may need to run Windows on your Mac.