I need one for high-school (Many teachers do not accept hand written papers), and I can't decide which to get. What are the pros/cons of each?
Answer by Granit · Aug 15, 2010 at 06:35 AM
iWork, being designed by Apple and specifically for Mac OS X, takes advantage of Mac OS X's technology a bit more than Microsoft Office (which tries to make sure all it's features sync to the Windows version, disallowing the use of all the components / features available in OS X).
Personally, I find iWork to be more seamless and integrated with the system. It has a much lighter feel and intuitiveness over MS Office apps that feel a tad bloated and sometimes overwhelming. With the use of Mac OS X's famously appealing graphics APIs, the finished documents and presentations look remarkably more professional and modern than Office equivalents. Lastly, the price of iWork, especially with a student discount, is quite a bit cheaper than MS Office.
Saying this, I can't recommend iWork if you're school relies heavily on MS Office and you must turn in the document files themselves. If you print them out and turn them in in a physical manner, it's fine.. However, although Mac OS X has native support of Word 97, 2003, 2007, and docx, along with powerpoint support, it is not perfect at converting or exporting these formats to translate perfectly with MS Office tools on Windows. You'll find issues such as missing fonts on either side and some features like lists may break or format badly when exporting to Word.
You should try out both of these suites and determine which one you prefer. Microsoft and Apple both have free trials for iWork and MS Office:
Answer by r0bErT4u · Aug 15, 2010 at 07:04 AM
I recommend checking out > ***OpenOffice.org 3.2.1 for Mac***! Save your money until you need a feature that's in one of the other Office Suites!! It's FREE!!!
CNET editors' review - Reviewed by: CNET Staff on November 07, 2008
credible rival to MS Office, OpenOffice.org includes powerful applications for making text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, diagrams, and databases, as well as HTML and XML documents. Not only does it let you edit basic documents, such as letters and faxes, it also handles equations and complex and multipart documents with bibliographies, reference tables, and indexes.*
Note: When you do buy a full blown version of an Office Suite Package, be sure to get the Student Version. It's the same as the Retail Version, but discounted for Students. High School will be the Best Times of Your Life, so make the best of it =0p...
Answer by Peter Murphy · Aug 15, 2010 at 01:44 PM
Please, please, please use iWork!
It costs a fraction of what MS Office does.
It has a very clean interface that integrates flawlessly with OS X.
Great Apple support! Any questions on how to use it, just go to a store and ask.
Advanced design features, text wrap, the list goes on and on. It can do a crapload of stuff way better than Office.
You can publish documents in the PDF format that can be opened on virtually any computer.
Did I mention that it's CHEAP? Only $50 with the purchase of a Mac.
MS Office for Mac OS X is terrible. Cluttered, clunky, and it costs a small fortune.
Answer by Fish · Aug 15, 2010 at 01:02 PM
I have Office for Mac 2008 and to be honest it is terrible. I would much rather have iWork. Best thing to do is to wait for the new Office for Mac and have a look then. Also I believe there is trials for both. So give them both a go. Then you will know which one is best for you.
Answer by Feras · Aug 15, 2010 at 04:30 PM
I think iWork is much better than MS Office for Mac but since most schools use MS Office you should go with that as if you do save your Pages/Keynote/Numbers file as a Word/Powerpoint/Ecxel file it will not be exactly the same as the original. For example frames on pictures may not be there and themes may change. Also fonts might change.