View Full Version : Poll: Office suite, which do you use?

9th January 2009, 05:37 PM
Okay now that iWork '09 is out, I'm curious to see who is using what, or who will be using what? Me? I'm tossing up with Pages '09 (using the trial at the moment), and Open Office 3.0.. Sadly Office 2008 is so much of a pig, performance/loading-wise :( So the floor is now to you folks..

9th January 2009, 05:51 PM
I use iWork '08/iWork '09 (trial). I find it's the best for what I use it for. :)

9th January 2009, 05:53 PM
I use Pages ('08 currently), and Excel '04. Numbers '08 was really crappy for technical/scientific stuff.

9th January 2009, 05:57 PM
Office 2007 for me. Best $75 I've spent. University & TAFE Student Discount Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 > Microsoft Office Uni Student Discount Microsoft Office Student Discount Version (http://www.itsnotcheating.com.au) :)

9th January 2009, 06:42 PM
Both Office and iWork.

Office for Word, iWork for Keynote and sometimes Numbers. Pages is great for anything where layout is important, Word for anything where styles/indexes/extensive footnoting is important.

9th January 2009, 06:48 PM
iWork '08 for me. Not sure if it will do me well enough as I go further into Uni, but I suppose I'll find out soon enough. At the moment it's plenty.

9th January 2009, 09:42 PM
iWork '08 for me-will be getting '09 for use of Apple's remote app for Keynote.

9th January 2009, 09:43 PM
Did not vote because I use several of those.

9th January 2009, 10:02 PM
Office 2008 for me, i got to confussed switching between iWork and Office

9th January 2009, 10:19 PM
I bought iWork 08 and use it for most things....I do get a copy of Office 08 (and 04) from work but I don't use it except for Entourage on my work Mac.

9th January 2009, 10:27 PM
im going to buy ilife 09' for school work this year. then will sell it when the snow leopard with all three are released (if i can). Only because 09' can transfer to windows (sigh) computers

9th January 2009, 10:34 PM
Buying iWork & iLife '09 as soon as they get to my work.. :)

12th January 2009, 06:42 PM
I tried MS Office and I hated the way it managed alarms, I thought it was very un-mac like and had to go. iWork does it's job well. When I need office I have a work computer that I can use at home.

12th January 2009, 11:50 PM
Hmm, I don't see AppleWorks on the list, because that's what I (still) use.

13th January 2009, 12:04 AM
When I'm at uni, either Office 2007 on the lab computers, or iWork '08 on the MacBook. Quite happy with iWork '08, does what I want it to, can't really see the sense in upgrading for now. :)

When I'm at home, usually either iWork '08, Office XP on the Dell, or ClarisWorks 2.1 on the LCIII (yes, I'm serious, i'm sorry but half the time I have no use for Office bogging down a P4 when CW 2.1 does most of the stuff that I need ;))

13th January 2009, 12:33 AM
I have been moving from Officer 2008 to iWork. Thee are still some essential features missing from Pages 09 (as Zeddie2001 notes). I am not a big fan of the way it organises styles either.

13th January 2009, 01:15 AM
iwork09 at home, MS office 2003 at work

13th January 2009, 02:02 AM
Was using Microsoft Office X (the 2001 or so version) up until recently, when I went over to iWork '08. Office X was freakin' fast but iWork '08 has a much nicer feel to it in terms of usability.

13th January 2009, 04:14 AM
I also still use AppleWorks-mostly its drawing/painting modules

13th January 2009, 05:19 AM
Office 2004. 2001 was a headache.

13th January 2009, 05:37 AM
Still using Office 2004 on my Mac, I've been using Office 2007 on my workstation since July but the damn ribbon menu of Office sucks so much I'm considering switching to OpenOffice :eek:
(moving to OpenOffice won't be a big deal, I've been using StarOffice via Sun Solaris for many years)

13th January 2009, 05:56 AM
Using OpenOffice 3, which is working well. Will look at iWork '09 only because I want an affordable page layout option. Although will wait and see if Apple do the Box Set when Snow Leopard arrives.

31st January 2009, 10:37 PM
I use Office 08 (for Mac) which I still find confusing but am working through it. I also own Office 2007 which I run on XP via Parallels on my iMac. I have used it extensively and yes the ribbons are a pain in the ass, but I have learned it and am working just as fast as ever on it. I still use Publisher more than Pages cause I can do stuff so much more quickly. It's a pain when you have worked almost every day of your life in MS Office and then just change out of the blue to a Mac. So for me it is a bit of everything. I was told pages was the bees knees compared to Publisher but I don't think so at all. No formatting brush - lots of stuff missing me thinks.

I just purchased iLife 09 and so far so good but haven't had much time to test it all.

That's my two cents worth.


31st January 2009, 10:44 PM
Office 2004 because 2008 takes an ice-age to open on my PowerBook.

31st January 2009, 10:55 PM
iWork08, untill the point i become employed again, then to iWork09

31st January 2009, 11:05 PM
Office 2008 when I need to send a document out, iWork 09 when it's just for me (e.g when I put together a presentation that doesn't need to be sent to someone else).

31st January 2009, 11:07 PM
I used to use Office 2004 but I made the mistake of getting Office 2007 for the work computers.

I hate that ribbon menu with a passion... enough to make me install Open Office 3.0 on my windows boxes and on my Apples as well.

I like iWork but I can't use it in Windows and I've had issues with formatting when transferring between office and iWork or Open Office 3 and iWork.

1st February 2009, 12:25 AM
I use iWork, but I find Numbers a lot harder to use than Excel.. I don't know if I was just used to Excel, but it seems a lot harder to do basic cell formatting in Numbers.
Pages is great though, much prefer it over Word.

1st February 2009, 01:35 AM
iWork 08 for me :)

1st February 2009, 01:37 AM
iWork 09.

My smug superiority complex can continue on.

1st February 2009, 01:38 AM
iWork 08. I love Pages. :)

I'm actually quite surprised that Office is ahead. After all that effort to move over to Macs, and you guys still go for the MS product. You call yourself fanboys. For shame! :p

1st February 2009, 08:36 AM
Office 2007 via vmware XP. If the Mac version of Office 2008 was anything like the WIN version, then I wouldn't need the XP image. Haven't tried iWork at all.

I need excel macro's for some specific corporate templates and advanced reporting. Unfortunately, nothing else can be substituted for excel at this level.

1st February 2009, 11:14 AM
Office 2008, our company runs an exchange server so I needed Entourage (It's actually not too bad).
Word runs like balls though :(

1st February 2009, 11:32 AM
I currently use Office 2004 for everything.

I have iWork '08 and iWork '09 but they are just really toys.

I also have Office 2007 under VMware Fusion but only use it when I'm using Sigmaplot so I can cut/paste graphs into Powerpoint under windows, then bring them across to OS X where I can open the files with Office 2004.

1st February 2009, 11:52 AM
Moving towards iWork '09 being the choice for me. I've got a bunch of old docs in various Office formats (so having Office 2k7 on the Windows box & Office 2k8 helps there), but I'm finding when I'm starting new stuff, I prefer to bash it out in Pages or Numbers (Keynote is pretty much a given for presentations regardless).

I still need Office for some work stuff, as iWork isn't entirely perfect when dealing with Office docs (and as I'm working with my Mac in a Windows environment - I need to be able to those without risking too many incompatibility issues).

1st February 2009, 12:29 PM
What do I currently use on the Mac?
Office 2004.
Most of the office-type stuff I do at home (where the Macs are - no non-work computers in the office, unfortunately) is work related, and work is a Dell PC / WinXP / Office 2003 environment. I've found that I run into less problems if I use Office 2004 to edit documents that'll end up on the work system. Not to say that it's impossible or even difficult to switch tools, but when I'm working I'm all about simplicity, and just getting the job done so I can go and do all the stuff I want to do, rather than the stuff I'm paid to do.

What's my preference?
iWork '09, which I just bought.
I really dig Pages, and Keynote is pretty sweet - particularly given the thousand+ hours of time I've spent working with various versions of PowerPoint. I've hardly used Numbers.
I'd like to think that I'll be able to switch from Office 2004 to iWork '09 in the near future.

1st February 2009, 12:38 PM
I use Pages, Keynote (both from iWork 08) & Excel 2008.

I've installed the trial version of iWork 09 but I haven't decided whether I should actually purchase it... iWork 08 is still fine for what I use it for :)

1st February 2009, 01:02 PM
OpenOffice 3.0 because I don't use word processing packages enough,

If i need to type a small document i'll either do it in TextEdit or a Stickie (I love Stickies!)

1st February 2009, 01:04 PM
If i need to type a small document i'll either do it in TextEdit or a Stickie (I love Stickies!)

Wait, whaaat?

How small are we talking? That would be a gigantic stickie!

Aaron Bellette
1st February 2009, 01:18 PM
iWork '09, with OpenOffice 3 as a backup.

1st February 2009, 02:32 PM
Neo Office. I wish to give MS as little of my money as possible.

I had Office 2005 on my mini until the ram crash that wiped everything while I was trying to install leopard, and I didn't have the discs anymore (in America), and neo office is fine.