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steve326500
28th January 2008, 10:06 AM
Just looking at buying a mac and trying to decide what software to buy.

We do need to open up word docs and excel spreadsheets from time to time. We also have two other softwares that are Windows based and on the c:\ not web based...

Obviously I could just get VM, Parallels and have Vista or Windows also installed......OR

To me it seems that Crossover simply ensures that popular prgrammes like Excel and Word can be used within the Mac OSX.......?

Cien
28th January 2008, 03:38 PM
Hi Steve,

Word, Excel can just be opened without Windows virtualisation in the Mac version of MS Office as well as the open source (free) office suite called "Neo Office" (including the new MS file versions)

I tried Crossover about 8 months ago and although it worked for some programs, it didn't for a lot of other ones and it was quiet messy...

If you really need to run Windows versions of programs, Boot camp (included in Leopard) or Parallels would be better options.

Aaron
28th January 2008, 03:44 PM
As Cien stated, there is a Mac version of office which will open any word / excel spreadsheets that have been created on a PC with ease. With the other software you mentioned needing to run, check if there is a Mac version available. If not, you can either install Windows via Bootcamp, or go the virtualization route via Parallels or VMware Fusion.

Hope that makes any sense to you :)

Wally
28th January 2008, 03:47 PM
Do you just need to look at them or do you need to work with them?

Leopard has a feature that enables you to view that word / excel / powerpoint document without having any installed. just press space bar on the document file.

otherwise, Neo Office / Open Office / MS Office 08 will suit you well.

Aaron
28th January 2008, 03:49 PM
Do you just need to look at them or do you need to work with them?

Leopard has a feature that enables you to view that word / excel / powerpoint document without having any installed. just press space bar on the document file.

otherwise, Neo Office / Open Office / MS Office 08 will suit you well.

Oh yeah, the free alternatives :o

iPirate
28th January 2008, 03:51 PM
iWork '08! It's the best!

But if you really want to do some of those finer Word-specific things then get M$ Office:Mac and you should be right, but if you think you can get away with sending people PDFs instead of well-positioned text and images, then go iWork. It's cheaper too.

HDK
28th January 2008, 04:28 PM
Just for the record, Text Edit will open/edit .doc files too, albeit with a little messed up formatting here and there.