December 9th, 2007, 04:57 PM #1
So I'm probably buying a MacBook (yes, I'm a converting lifetime PC user) in January because I'm going back to grad school next fall, and I'm curious about those of you who use open source software.
How does Open Office compare to MS Office? Is MS Office for Mac worth the $150 (the Student edition price)?
December 9th, 2007, 05:50 PM #2
Un unscrupulous person would tell you to get it for free from PirateBay. I, however, am not that person.
December 9th, 2007, 06:27 PM #3
Open Office sucks. It was totally hit and miss when it work correctly.
Even though I'm a big M$ hater, go with the Teacher/Student version of Office. I've got it on my MacBook Pro, a G5, and a MacPro, all running great on Leopard.
December 9th, 2007, 07:03 PM #4
I agree with buying it and eating the cost. Student/Teacher edition is all you need.
However, remember that Appleworks is not that bad either. You can save as all the different formats of MS Word and in the different MS formats.
December 10th, 2007, 08:23 AM #5
did you get the purse and shoes to match too?
December 10th, 2007, 01:10 PM #6
Give Open Office a try - since it's FREE you have nothing to lose. If you don't like it you can always dish out the $150 for MS Office.
I don't mind Open Office - it works just fine for writing reports / papers.
December 10th, 2007, 10:46 PM #7
I've never had any problems with Open Office. I pirate most of my stuff anyway though. Yea I said it. Yarr!
December 12th, 2007, 12:10 AM #8
Oh like it matters. Even the one guy in here who tells you to buy the program steal it himself. Everybody is a thief (unless you are way high on morals or don't know how).
Originally Posted by Defgarden
December 12th, 2007, 05:58 AM #9
There were two of us that suggested he buy M$ Office. Which one of us are you saying steals software?
Originally Posted by lath19
December 12th, 2007, 08:21 AM #10
I haven't had any problems with OpenOffice either. Though I've never used it on a Mac before. Only Linux and Windows distros.
The fact that it is free, you have nothing to lose. I would try out OpenOffice first before opening your wallet for Microshaft products.