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decryption
15th December 2004, 11:04 AM
I know there's OpenOffice, but frankly, it looks ugly.
Are there any decent apps, not necessarily free or anything but less than the $675 Microsoft want for Office 2004, that are a word processor and a spread sheet? (Keynote is cool for presentations).

Disko
15th December 2004, 11:06 AM
Try these two:
Neo Office (http://www.neooffice.org/)
AbiWord (http://www.abisource.com/)

edit: macOSX AbiWord here: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/11511

iSlayer
15th December 2004, 11:14 AM
appleworks :)

i generally use textedit over word unless i really need a feature of word that textedit doesnt have

designers_hub
15th December 2004, 11:30 AM
apple works comes standard with all macs.

decryption
15th December 2004, 11:37 AM
I know it does, but I find it a little old. It hasn't been updated in a while.
But yeah, seems AppleWorks will be the best for this client.

AppleXY
15th December 2004, 11:51 AM
WHAT?!? i didn't know that... I've searched in PowerBook HD; and there is no trace of it exept this Microsoft Text Converter... i can't believe this now'll have to check my 2 Discs that came with my powerbook!

mjankor
15th December 2004, 12:20 PM
I think it should come with all Mac's but unfortunately it no longer comes with Powermac/Powerbooks. It shouldn't be to hard to find a copy though. Does Apple actually sell it or give it away?

pipsqeek
15th December 2004, 03:32 PM
AppleWorks does NOT come with PB's and PM's

pipsqeek

sillydog701
15th December 2004, 04:17 PM
As pipsqeek said, Appleworks does not come with PowerMacs and PowerBooks (professional level I guess). Apple has two sets of software bundle, generally speaking.

moo
15th December 2004, 05:19 PM
Originally posted by Disko@Dec 15 2004, 11:06 AM
Try these two:
Neo Office (http://www.neooffice.org/)
AbiWord (http://www.abisource.com/)

edit: macOSX AbiWord here: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/11511
I've been giving Abiword a go over the past week or two and it's OK for a beta.
Some minor crashes and printing errors. Nice inteface. Worth a look even at this stage.

CarbonRods
15th December 2004, 05:25 PM
Originally posted by decryption@Dec 15 2004, 11:04 AM
Are there any decent apps, not necessarily free or anything but less than the $675 Microsoft want for Office 2004, that are a word processor and a spread sheet? (Keynote is cool for presentations).
Yes and no...

The only viable alternative to the $675 version of MS Office for OS X is the academic version of MS Office for OS X.

Check it out, it's not particularly difficult to qualify.

While I'm no great fan of MS, they have been very generous to the mac community with the academic version. They give you four licenses for all your machines at home and no activation process.

While OOo for linux and Windows is very good, and many are looking forward to the imminent release of version 2.0, the port to OS X is not good and development is very slow. For a long time I've considered Excel to be MS's finest piece of software and the 2004 version continues to excel :-)

Steve

kit
15th December 2004, 05:38 PM
Office started on a Macintosh, and it's still better here then on a PC :P.

I personally use Office v.X still, and love it. I don't like its constant diversions from Apple's HIGs and the Apple text selection concept, but for its purpose it's excellent.

Except with printing, which is where it's tragic. For printing I use QuarkXPress or InDesign (but then, I'm a Graphic Design student).

king89
15th December 2004, 05:38 PM
Have a look at Nisus writer as a replacement for word. It has many features of NeoOffice, but in a nicer package.
Don't know about the spread sheet though.

markh
15th December 2004, 07:26 PM
In reality, you cant go past MS Office 2004 for Mac... None of the other "alternatives" lives up. They are slow, crash and just dont work right.

$299 for the academic version.. Think you find you dont need a student ID to buy it.. as long as its not for commercial use...

estoyloco
15th December 2004, 07:40 PM
Hey Decryption..

Read this little review.. it might help your choice..


http://barefeats.com/wp.html

Also its "seems" that office v.X is more efficent than 2004. You can get it on edu for pretty cheap..some people sell it on ebay for $100. I have seen appleworks go for $30 on ebay..

Why not just use notepad or whatever its called in OSX... its got everything you need.

warren21
15th December 2004, 08:55 PM
Hay can I just say I've got the Imac G5 and I've run a search for appleworks and it's not there????? It's standard you say?