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Old 2007-07-22, 02:18   Link #1
ChibiDusk
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Office-like Programs for Macbook.

I'll be using my Macbook for university this fall, and was wondering something. I've used Windows all my life, and just about the only thing I liked... was Microsoft Office (mainly, Word.) I use Office XP, and likely many students will be using it as well. My question is, am I able to run Office XP on my Mac? I know they have a 2004 Mac Version, but it doesn't seem ANYTHING like the XP version, and the Word program looks ludicrous (lined pages?). They are coming out with a 2008 universal release, but... I mean... they can't even state a DATE for it. I need this by September. Is CrossOver reccomended? So I can just use Word or whatever, or do you recommend another program?

What I like about Word:
Clean white work surface (not lined or anything). Different pages appear as different pages (it's not one big white blob). .DOC format is widely used in university. Text looks good (I've used many second-rate Office programs where the text looks very... eugh. It jumps around (ie. you type a sentence, go to type another and the first sentence movies a TINY bit, and continues to do so after each sentence.), is smoothened out, etc. I like my roughed Word text.)
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Old 2007-07-22, 02:43   Link #2
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Might I suggest OpenOffice.org, if you haven't used it already? I'm not sure about the stability of OOo for Mac, seeing as I don't have a Mac, but OpenOffice looks very much like Microsoft Office, and it's compatible with doc files too. It fits all the criteria you've listed.

edit: Right, scrub that, OpenOffice.org Aqua is still in alpha stage, i.e. highly unreliable. However, if you're running X11 window environment, then there's another separate installer which should work fine.

Anyone with a Mac who's used OpenOffice.org?
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Old 2007-07-22, 02:59   Link #3
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An alternative port of OpenOffice that does use the Aqua interface is NeoOffice. The only thing is that NeoOffice up-to-date to the latest version of OpenOffice.
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Old 2007-07-23, 10:48   Link #4
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I'll be using my Macbook for university this fall, and was wondering something. I've used Windows all my life, and just about the only thing I liked... was Microsoft Office (mainly, Word.) I use Office XP, and likely many students will be using it as well. My question is, am I able to run Office XP on my Mac? I know they have a 2004 Mac Version, but it doesn't seem ANYTHING like the XP version, and the Word program looks ludicrous (lined pages?). They are coming out with a 2008 universal release, but... I mean... they can't even state a DATE for it. I need this by September. Is CrossOver reccomended? So I can just use Word or whatever, or do you recommend another program?
Um, Word only has lined pages in Notes view... which is for taking notes. It's just like Word in any other respect. Office 2004 is similar to Office XP or 2003 in Windows. Office 2008 on the Mac will be more like the new Office 2007 on Vista (with the Ribbon interface and whatnot). This sounds more like you haven't really investigated the product, just seen a couple screenshots and saw things that were different and went "OHNOES."

You're just going to have to accept that the Mac version of Office is designed to be, well, more Mac-like—but it's still Office, and the apps are pretty much the same. There's a couple added features and a few interface differences. But trust me, if you can use Office in Windows, Office on the Mac will not confuse you. Man up.
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