I have all three coexisting nicely
by mhollis55 - 12/30/09 11:45 AM
In Reply to: Office 2008 vs. iWork by z1221
I purchased iWork as a part of a boxed set that included Apple's Leopard. Works great.
Keynote blows away anything you can do in Microsoft's Powerpoint and I essentially taught myself the application in one day.
Pages has wonderful templates for professional documents you want to come out of your office with. I also used it to help create a book report for my daughter. She read "Little House in the Big Woods," and I used the Book Report template and scanned in an image of the book. My work got a "very good," her report got an "Excellent."
Numbers is a work in progress. I cannot import "Excel" files as exported by Quicken 2007. Intuit's Quicken is preventing me from upgrading my Mac Pro Cheese Grater to Snow Leopard and their next release will supposedly be numbered 2008. I think Intuit dropped the ball on development and they don't seem to understand that there is a problem. Numbers has much better charts than Excel and there are tons of very useful templates (a hallmark of Apple's suite of applications) but a lot of the analysis I'm doing has to do with material from Quicken, for which I must keep Excel.
Neo Office and Open Office provide anyone with completely transparent access to Microsoft Office documents, with the ability to edit them and save them in Microsoft's former (non DOCX or DOCM) filetypes. There would appear to be some indication that Microsoft's own applications won't read these new file formats due to the success of a lawsuit on infringement:
Neo Office applications do not go any further than Microsoft has and I'm not certain I would particularly be interested in doing a complete automated table of contents, bibliography, end notes or index for a research paper with Neo Office or Open Office. These are things I have trusted to Microsoft's Word and Word does them correctly, assuming there is no operator error.
The Microsoft Office suite contains Entourage, a perfectly useless email client. Entourage is needed in Leopard and before if you are using a Microsoft Exchange Server on your company's network, but Apple's Mail under Snow Leopard completely and fully supports Microsoft's Exchange Server now. Apple's Mail, with the addition of Spam Sieve, is the most spam-aware and extendable email client I have ever used and I have been on the Internet since 1984, before it was opened up to commercial entities.
It contains Microsoft Messenger, which may be completely replaced with any one of dozens of chat clients, as well as Adium, which can handle your Microsoft, Jabber, Yahoo and AIM clients. More about that here: http://adium.im/
Word 2008 has a cleaner interface, but I have to report that my last version of Microsoft's Office suite was Office X, so I have not upgraded with every new release. The best feature about Microsoft's Office is that there is no "Clippy," or other annoying "helper application" that will notice you are writing a suicide note and want to help you choose the method of your demise (Rope & Chair, Gun, Pastry).
Excel 2008 works great, although I don't particularly like the four tabs at the top of all spreadsheets, allowing one to choose Sheets, Charts, SmartArt Graphics and WordArt. I did insert a "SmartArt Graphic into one scheduling sheet for the New Year and it was an absolute headache: Art on Excel is not designed to accompany data, it's designed to cover it. It took me some two hours of work to get one graphic to seem to peek out of a daily schedule. I had to cut it into sections for visibility then align everything so that it was visible around the edges. Microsoft can do better.
Powerpoint 2008 is still the same old Powerpoint with few real additions to the application. I think Microsoft has ceded leadership to Apple's Keynote here.
Was this reply helpful? (0) (0)