[OT] Mac Office Software
nicg at noslogan.org
Wed Aug 23 11:50:14 BST 2006
On Aug 23, 2006, at 11:29, Dave Cross wrote:
> I've recently bought a new Mac Book for my wife and it came
> without any Office software installed. Well, we got a 30 day
> evaluation copy of MS Office.
> My first instinct was to install OpenOffice, but the Mac version
> doesn't look anywhere near as polished as the Windows and Linux
> versions. It's just a port of the Unix version and therefore I
> needed to install the Mac X Server first (why isn't that part of
> the standard OSX installation?) and even then it looked a bit
> clunky - it opens an xterm as it starts the X Server and (for
> reasons that I couldn't work out) all the menus were in French. So
> I uninstalled it pretty quickly.
> So what do other people use on their Macs? Is there a decent free
> (or even cheap) office suite for the Mac? Or do I just have to bite
> the bullet and buy MS Office?
You could take a look at NeoOffice - it's a derivative of OpenOffice
but Aqua native - http://www.planamesa.com/neojava/en/download.php
Apples iWork is OK but Pages is a bit more Microsoft Publisher than
Word and it doesn't have a spreadsheet.
> Any advice from the iGeeks would be much appreciated.
>  And I must say that OSX 10.4 is a _lot_ nicer than the 10.2.8
> or whatever we were running on Piers' old Powerbook. Still not as
> nice as Gnome (IMHO), but I could get used to it.
It can be made nicer with a few extras too.
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