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    I know stop getting excited but Mr B has decided he would like one:surrender:.But l am a first class computer thicko, SO
    My question is excel,publisher and word. This is what my children use for school/college etc.
    So what would they use instead, and say they saved it on a stick and the school didn't have Mac's . Are they then up a creek without a paddle
    ( wanted to say without an apple):tongue:
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    You can run windows and hence Microsoft office on a mac:)
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    There is also office for mac :yes: It's fully compatible with Windows computers.

    iWork is great too. Exports to .doc and .docx files :yes: Not sure how it handles excel files but I assume it will be ultra easy- Apple are concious of that :yes: They'd be stupid not to make it compatible with the BIGGEST office suite ever.
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    All will be well... :D :D

    You are going to love the iMac!!! :9: :9: :9:
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    As has been stated, Microsoft Office is available for the Mac.
    I also have the iWork suite of applications from Apple.

    The only problem I have is that after using iWork, I can't bring myself to use Office anymore. :mental:

    And... I've never had a compatibility issue between the iWork applications and MS Office. :thumbsup:

    Tom :)macwave:... well... we all know what side of the fence he's on, don't we! :whistle: )
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    I completely agree with this!

    I know people will feel this is going too far :lol: but sometimes I look forward to firing up Pages to type a document. It almost makes work fun!
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    I do love iWork but I do feel that some of the settings and features are harder to find than in the windows version! It's probably because I'm so used to word- I've used it since I was 5! I much prefer iWork though, everything ends up looking great without any effort!
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    Thank you all,that is great info. He looked at 1 in PC World and his friend has been raving on about them. So maybe next year:unsure: who knows. I am very reluctant to come out of my comfort zone.
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    Even on windows office 2007??????

    There were three uber techy geeks in the office today crowded round a monitor trying to find out where they'd moved a certain function because of that new ribbon bar. I absolutely hate that thing and apparently they're going to make it common across all their windows apps
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    Oh no, I instantly downgraded once I got 2007. Awful, AWFUL stuff.

    Somewhere between office 2000 and iwork would be ideal. But if I had to pick one it'd be iWork.
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    Ah young josh you will never know of the horror that was wordperfect.

    Do the files you make in iWork open in PowerPoint?
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    and wordstar :) and gasp, multimate
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    Shudder


    Used to have to type in'code mode' as there was no wsiwyg Cant tellling youhow many times I typed my thesis. Ended up doing some on a typewiter!!!!
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    Well count yourself lucky! us tough comp.sci students had to type everything long hand in TeX or LaTeX

    \documentclass[12pt]{article}
    \usepackage{amsmath}
    \title{\LaTeX}
    \date{}
    \begin{document}
    \maketitle
    \LaTeX{} is a document preparation system for the \TeX{}
    typesetting program. It offers programmable desktop publishing
    features and extensive facilities for automating most aspects of
    typesetting and desktop publishing, including numbering and
    cross-referencing, tables and figures, page layout, bibliographies,
    and much more. \LaTeX{} was originally written in 1984 by Leslie
    Lamport and has become the dominant method for using \TeX; few
    people write in plain \TeX{} anymore. The current version is
    \LaTeXe.

    % This is a comment; it is not shown in the final output.
    % The following shows a little of the typesetting power of LaTeX
    \begin{align}
    E &= mc^2 \\
    m &= \frac{m_0}{\sqrt{1-\frac{v^2}{c^2}}}
    \end{align}
    \end{document}
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    OMG!!!! Hisssssssssss! WHO DARE speak of WORD PERFECT?????

    Ugh. What a hateful, awful thing!!!! Right up there with Lotus! :eek: LOL.
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    The number of times the thing just crashed and one time I lost 12 hours worth of work as saving it to the 'floppy' was hardly easy

    then if I remember we had to save it as a secial spool file and go into the 'printer room' and put coinage into the printer and pray that the darned thing didn't stick or run out of ink.

    Ah the good old days

    I used to type a little like that in the wordperfect pane I'm sure Keith :unsure: - but so so often when you went to 'print preview' none of the bullet points lined up or you went over onto another sheet with your rudimentary table :mental:
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    Oh l remember word perfect. My husband did his degree later in life. I remember having to buy a computer in 1996 that cost 2k and looked like we had a whole mainframe in our bedroom.
    He typed up his dissertation and lost half of it .
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    oh the good old days of worperfect 5.1 for dos NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! :lol:
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    Yep! :yes:

    Back and forth... back and forth...

    Excel = Numbers
    Word = Pages
    PowerPoint = Keynote

    At least with Office 2003 they do. Don't know about Office 2007 files yet. Haven't tried those.

    I'm too busy learning how to hate Office 2007 for my real job just yet. :mad:

    Tom :)macwave:... I'll take the ones on the right please!)
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    works great with office 2007 files :yes:

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