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In lieu of Pages, what is the best alternative out there?

I've read many bad reviews about Microsoft Word for mac.


I need a reliable writing tool.

Thanks in advance.

R.

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Mar 4, 2018 5:40 AM in response to VikingOSX In response to VikingOSX

Yes I read that Viking but I'm not going to make decisions on behalf of the O.P. She hasn't told us enough to advise what is best.


If that bothers her she can reject Ulysses.


Nisus Writer basically works in RTF as well, but it has features which may make that irrelevant.


The trouble with measuring everything with a MsWord ruler is that means you are stuck with MsWord and the Mac version of that still falls short of the Windows version.


If everything is a Macdonald's cheeseburger you will suffer the consequences and so will everyone else from the trail of rubbish you produce.


Writing has a purpose beyond what tools you use to create it.


Peter

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Mar 1, 2018 3:41 PM in response to rachel422 In response to rachel422

I would recommend Microsoft Office for Mac 2016 (in spite of what you have read), but another option that is free and very good is https://www.libreoffice.org/


You may want to provide more information about features that are important to you (e.g., Microsoft Word compatibility, iOS app compatibility, other features).

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Mar 1, 2018 3:46 PM in response to FoxFifth In response to FoxFifth

Good call on the extra info. Here it is:

I'm a writer.

I produce drafts ranging in volume from one page to several hundred pages.


I need the usual word processing functions, and I need to also be able to submit the drafts in a format that's compatible with my clients, most of whom are default Word users. I also have to be able to convert to PDF.


Thus far, I've been working from Pages, and converting the drafts to one of those two before sending. However, Pages has been corrupting my files as of late, and I need either a solution to the pages issue (I have a separate discussions thread on that), or I need an alternative.

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Mar 1, 2018 8:04 PM in response to Limnos In response to Limnos

Rachel is a professional writer, and Bean is neither up to that task in capabilities, nor is it an actively developed and maintained application. It was retired once already by the developer.

Mar 1, 2018 8:04 PM

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Mar 1, 2018 8:06 PM in response to VikingOSX In response to VikingOSX

VikingOSX wrote:


Rachel is a professional writer, and Bean is neither up to that task in capabilities, nor is it an actively developed and maintained application. It was retired once already by the developer.

Note I posted before Rachel422 had made any stipulations as to use.

Mar 1, 2018 8:06 PM

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Mar 3, 2018 1:39 PM in response to rachel422 In response to rachel422

rachel422 wrote:


I need the usual word processing functions… I also have to be able to convert to PDF.



What do you consider "the usual word processing functions"?


By definition that would be type on the keyboard and have editable letters appear on the screen.


All Mac software prints to PDF, it is part of the Print dialog.


Have a look at Nisus Writer Express and Pro.


Scrivener, Ulysses and Storyist are word processors with specific features for writers and worth checking out.


Peter

Mar 3, 2018 1:39 PM

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Mar 3, 2018 3:43 PM in response to PeterBreis0807 In response to PeterBreis0807

Ulysses has transitioned to a subscription model.


The real acid test for Rachel is MS Word content conformity during document interchange with other Word users. She must be able to receive, process, and return document content that conforms to the expectations of those who share Word documents with her. Many of the word processing applications that we eagerly name drop in these threads may struggle, if not outright fail in this document conformity mission.


I for one, am not interesting in creating more work, or anxiety for Rachel. In the end, she must choose the best application for her learning curve, and workflow requirements.

Mar 3, 2018 3:43 PM

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