: Suggestions for free word processing programs?


tdogg
Mar 3rd, 2008, 09:22 PM
I don't to have to pay for Microsoft office, and have been using NeoOffice but find it a bit slow. Does anyone have any suggestions for other free good programs?

iMouse
Mar 3rd, 2008, 09:43 PM
You don't specify your system, so it's hard to formulate a response.

I have used neoOffice only for spreadsheets, so far, so I cannot venture an opinion about Word processing.

Not yet, anyway.

But I will.

chas_m
Mar 3rd, 2008, 09:55 PM
I like Bean (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/24881/bean), but it's not fully MS-Word compatible (good enough for 99.9% of MS documents I receive, but still).

There are a number of alternatives, particularly if you reconsider "free." Most of the really good alternatives cost a little something, but pennies compared to the cost of Office.

CubaMark
Mar 3rd, 2008, 10:56 PM
Hm. For something that's feature-compatible as Word, NeoOffice can't be beat (remember, it's free!). Neo Office also needs to be kept up-to-date: currently on Patch 11 (http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/patch.php).

And as of iWork '08, Pages (http://www.apple.com/iwork/pages/) is well worth considering.

Another_Paul
Mar 4th, 2008, 03:29 PM
Try AbiWord (http://www.abisource.com/)

Oakbridge
Mar 4th, 2008, 03:42 PM
I realize that I'm not answering your question about 'free' but why not use Pages?

hayesk
Mar 4th, 2008, 03:56 PM
Here's another suggestion, save a few bucks and buy Mariner Write or Pages - they're both cheap.

If I may ask, why free? Surely you can scrape together a few dollars for some software and support the Mac software industry? You were able to pay for a Mac after all.

Pelao
Mar 4th, 2008, 03:59 PM
What power and ability do you need in a word processor? If it's for simple stuff, textedit (free with your Mac) is a great app.

If you have a few bucks iWork is pretty awesome value and gives you more than just a word processor. For pure word-processing my preferred choice is Nisus Writer Express (though I use the pro version).

SINC
Mar 4th, 2008, 05:37 PM
I find Appleworks to be the old reliable standby for me. I hate Pages. Appleworks is available free if you look for it. If not, I have a copy I am willing to share from my eMac.

eMacMan
Mar 4th, 2008, 06:48 PM
I find Appleworks to be the old reliable standby for me. I hate Pages. Appleworks is available free if you look for it. If not, I have a copy I am willing to share from my eMac.

So there are two of us eh.:D

(( p g ))
Mar 4th, 2008, 08:30 PM
Appleworks is for communists and G3 users (hee hee...sorry Sinc)

Kidding aside, if free and features are both de-rigeur, then definitely check out Bean (http://www.bean-osx.com/Bean.html). But do you *really* need a word-processor other than TextEdit? If all you need is something to crank out notes that you can save in Word format, you may well be able to make do with that Apple pre-loaded freebie.

Failing that, there's also Google's online app. Which might be free for you if you're in school.

staples57
Mar 4th, 2008, 08:42 PM
MS Word Replacement... Bean
MS Office Replacement... NeoOffice

Both are freeware!

EvanPitts
Mar 5th, 2008, 06:57 PM
For a free word processor, I'd suggest AbiWord. It is actually an encapsulated word processor derived from Open Office (and the similar NeoOffice). It is also available in a Portable version, which will run from a keychain drive, so you can use it on a number of computers. The other advantage is that it has been ported to different platforms, so you can always use it on a Linux box or whatever...