Mac word processing

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I've just done a brief survey of word processors and MS Word document viewers for the Mac. I haven't actually tried most of them: this is just what I could glean from the websites. I have noted their compatability with MS Word documents. Prices are in US dollars, and rounded off to a meaningful number. Open Office certainly seems to be worth a try, as it is a free download.

Apple Works

Site: www.apple.com/appleworks/
Price: $80 (no demo)
OS: X
MS Word: Yes (up to Word 2001)
Notes: Full office suite.

icWord

Site: www.panergy-software.com/products/icword/
Price: $20
OS: 9 and X
MS Word: View and convert (including Word XP)
Notes: A simple viewer and convertor. icExcel also available.

MacLinkPlus Deluxe

Site: www.dataviz.com/products/maclinkplus/
Price: $80 (no demo)
OS: X
MS Word: View and convert (all versions)
Notes: Convert and view almost any format.

Mariner Write

Site: marinersoftware.com/siteproduct.php?product=write
Price: $70
OS: OS 9 and X
Screenshot: marinersoftware.com/siteproduct.php?product=write§ion=screen&subsection=1
MS Word: Yes (version unknown)
Notes: Word processor.

Microsoft Office X

Site: www.microsoft.com/mac/products/officex/officex.aspx?pid=officex
Price: $400 for Standard, $500 for Professional (Virtual PC included), $150 for Educational, $230 for just Word.
OS: X
MS Word: I should hope so!
Notes: Full office suite.

Nisus Writer Express

Site: www.nisus.com/express/
Price: $60
OS: X
Screenshot: www.nisus.com/Express/gallery1.php
MS Word: Yes (version unknown)
Notes: Nisus Thesaurus is a free download, and works in other applications.

OpenOffice.org

Site: porting.openoffice.org/mac/ooo-osx_downloads.html
Price: Free
OS: X (using X11 GUI)
Screenshot: whiteboard.openoffice.org/screenshots/images/swriter_osx.png
MS Word: Yes (version unknown)
Notes: Open source, free full office suite.

Z-Write

Site: www.stonetablesoftware.com/z-write/
Price: $30
OS: 7.5+ and X
Screenshot: www.stonetablesoftware.com/z-write/images/zwscreen.jpg
MS Word: Doesn't seem like it.
Notes: A non-linear (different kind of) word processor.

3 Comments

andrea said:

brief survey? try them all and then get back to us, eh?

AND while you're at it i would like some sort of version of word that doesn't constantly do things for you. argh. all day at work, the word formats my writing as i write but it doesn't do it right and i have to keep re-doing it and i don't understand it and i hate it. :( i need some coffee or some anti-grump pills or something...

but really, why are you looking for this? apple works doesn't work? hmmm, no it doesn't. you can read simple documents, but not all text or image boxes show up. and you don't always know that something should be there, so it can really mess you up.

dan said:

Apple Works doesn't seem to be able to import Word documents very well. I'm hoping Open Office is better. I will try some of these out when I am running OS X.

When I have had to use Microsoft Word, I've found it's best to go into Tools, Options and uncheck anything that claims to be smart or helpful.

andrea said:

i wish you had emoticons here... then i would put a little smilie face that's sticking his big thumb up to say "yeeeaaahh" i will uncheck my helpful helpers at work tomorrow, thank you.

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