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Mac Word Processors? [Aug. 25th, 2005|03:27 pm]
Nicodemus
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I'm still somewhat new to the Mac thing. I've used them here and there, but this one is going to become my work machine. So, looking to the voices of experience...

What's a good word processor for Mac? Something for Serious Writing (tm). But I don't need a lot of "presentation" features or something trying to be DTP (i.e. Word). What are some good options? Any freeware ones that are worthwhile?

(Hmmm... I'm going to need a "writing" LJ icon, methinks...)
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From: ex_purpleca
2005-08-25 10:37 pm (UTC)
How about NeoOffice?
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[User Picture]From: vakkotaur
2005-08-25 10:42 pm (UTC)

You might have a look at AbiWord which is a free cross-platform word processor. I've used it under Linux and Windows and there is a Mac OSX version. If the base version isn't enough, there are a number of plugins for it as well. I won't say it's exactly what you need or are looking for, but I think it's worth a look.

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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2005-08-25 10:44 pm (UTC)
Second vote for AbiWord. NeoOffice is a good all-around solution but it's a huge freakin download if you don't need the spreadsheet or presentation capabilities, and AbiWord seems to be a snappier performer.

Short of that, it's also possible to purchase Word seperately from the rest of Office.
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[User Picture]From: furahi
2005-08-25 11:22 pm (UTC)
The one time I tried Abiword it wasn't all that good

Granted that was like 3 or 4 years ago, I bet they've polished it in this time :P
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2005-08-25 11:24 pm (UTC)
likely - my version was downloaded within the past year.

regardless, if it turns out to suck, you're only out the time to download and play with it, which is more than i can say for office... ;)
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2005-08-25 11:02 pm (UTC)
there's also this, which i've heard good things of, but have never used.
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[User Picture]From: aerofox
2005-08-25 11:15 pm (UTC)
how about Appleworks?

I believe its Apple's equivelent of Microsoft "Works"
Though, it seems as powerful as Office.

Microsoft also makes a Mac version of Office.

Appleworks came with my G4 iMac and my Powerbook.
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[User Picture]From: tugrik
2005-08-25 11:24 pm (UTC)
Talk to chipotle. The 'yote has mucho experience in this area. :)
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[User Picture]From: smack_jackal
2005-08-25 11:51 pm (UTC)
I'm going out on a limb here and suggesting MS Office/Word. I run it on my PowerBook and I can get it at a wickedly good discount.
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[User Picture]From: chipuni
2005-08-25 11:52 pm (UTC)
I'm writing my textbook using XEmacs, Kile, and LaTeX with a whole lot of additions. All the code is tested using gcc...

Oh, wait. You're not writing a very math- and source code-heavy book, are you? Never mind...
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2005-08-26 04:16 am (UTC)
No, I'm not. And if I was, it'd be vi rather than Emacs. :P

Never did learn LaTeX, though. Always felt that was a failing in my geekiness.
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From: frampton
2005-08-26 01:46 pm (UTC)
You could try Nisus Writer (http://www.nisus.com/). They've been around a long time, and apparently they have a public beta out. Try before you buy?
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