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Jaxxy
6th September 2005, 10:25 PM
Hi
I just bought a second hand G3 ibook 500/386MB/15GB/osx 10.1. It's fantasitic, my first mac, only problem is battery lasts about 1/2 hour lol, but what can you expect for a 3 yr old machine. Now the only word processing software to be found on there is Text Edit, looks very basic. Is there a free or cheap word processing program I can install? Bare in mind it only has osx 10.1 and neo office or openoffice both require 10.2 or higher...

Thanks for any advice!
- Jason

jobe
6th September 2005, 10:28 PM
virtually identicle topic being discussed hereh (http://forums.appletalk.com.au/index.php?showtopic=11417&st=0&#entry95019). Your options are essentially appleworks, neooffice or MS office.

Disko
6th September 2005, 10:29 PM
if you can get your hands on 10.3 or even 10.4 - you'll prefer it over any word processor on 10.1 ;)

and as a bonus, you can run neooffice.

Jaxxy
6th September 2005, 10:44 PM
With only 386MB RAM, I've been told 10.4 would be sluggish, would this apply to 10.3 as well? Where could I get a copy of 10.3 from, does it still sell retail?

blindfox
6th September 2005, 10:53 PM
Originally posted by Jaxxy@Sep 6 2005, 10:44 PM
With only 386MB RAM, I've been told 10.4 would be sluggish, would this apply to 10.3 as well? Where could I get a copy of 10.3 from, does it still sell retail?
You'll be fine. I ran 10.2, 10.3 & 10.4 on my 600 ibook with 384 mb. Ran just fine - Each version ran a little better than the previous one.

Wally
7th September 2005, 10:33 AM
As for the battery, you can revive it believe it or not by putting it in a freezer bag and chucking it in the freezer for 24 hours or until frozen solid and then take it out. Do not put it into your G3 until 24 hours later.. Dry the battery off if its still moist and put it into your machine then charge.. IF that doesnt work well you could try apples battery recondition :)..

As per office software.

http://www.openoffice.org OpenOffice does the job but you should consider turning off autofill before you use it :)

ford.boy
7th September 2005, 11:59 AM
Originally posted by wally4000@Sep 7 2005, 10:33 AM
As for the battery, you can revive it believe it or not by putting it in a freezer bag and chucking it in the freezer for 24 hours or until frozen solid and then take it out. Do not put it into your G3 until 24 hours later.. Dry the battery off if its still moist and put it into your machine then charge.. IF that doesnt work well you could try apples battery recondition :)..

As per office software.

http://www.openoffice.org OpenOffice does the job but you should consider turning off autofill before you use it :)
Open office is FERKING UGLY though.

pipsqeek
8th September 2005, 07:58 AM
If you really want a new and fresh battery, there are many places on the net that sell repacked or even brand spanking new, high capacity battery packs.

In regards to a word processing application. Abiword (http://www.abisource.com/) is the most polished, freeware app I have stumbled across.

It seems to keep the formatting 99% between exchanging the same file with PC's running Word. Important if you are studying and producing extremely large documents that have a great deal of formatting, ie; headings - 5 layers deep, TOC, etc.

OpenOffice or NeoOffice is great as an entire suite, with spreadsheets, etc. But its still flakey, and I have never been happy with its performance or its ability to hold formatting...

Imagine doing something at home in Open Office, 50+ pages, then getting to TAFE to print the document out, and finding that the margins are all over the shop, headings are gone, TOC is shagged, and you have to sit there during class, stressing out, while trying to reformat everything again.

pipsqeek

geektechnu
8th September 2005, 08:13 AM
Another vote for AbiWord.

http://www.abisource.com/

If you just need a word processor, this might be right up your alley.
Relatively small and lightweight, but way more powerful that textedit.