Is There Word for Mac?
As a Mac user you no doubt love everything about your Mac, well just about everything that is, because even as a Mac lover we know that our Mac’s do at times put us at a disadvantage when it comes to working with the rest of the world. That’s because for now, most of the world still uses Microsoft Windows. Although stats show that the Mac OS X is catching up, we’re still behind, which means we have to be able to still work with the most common Microsoft programs, like Word. So, is there Word for Mac, or what about some Word for Mac alternatives?
Microsoft does indeed make Word for Mac and you can get it in their Microsoft Office for Mac suite of programs. Along with Word you will get Excel for Mac and a few other Office regulars that you may need. Office for Mac can be pretty expensive though, for personal use it is usually around $130 and for business use it is around $250. You can find it on sale at times, but if it’s still just too much for you, then you can find some Word for Mac alternatives. Here’s a list of the best ones.
5 Awesome Word for Mac Alternatives
Google Drive: This used to be called Google Documents, so you may be familiar with it. It’s easy to access if you have a GMail account as you just click on ‘Drive’ on the top menu bar in your GMail. In Google Drive you can use their Word alternative, which is just called ‘Document.’ You can also use their Excel alternative which is just labeled ‘Spreadsheet.’ They also have other things like Presentation, Form and Drawing.
One benefit of using Google Doc’s is that you can easily share it online with anyone or you can use it from anywhere. You can save it into Word if needed, as well as many other formats. This is by far my favorite Word for Mac alternative, although it does get glitchy sometimes which can make you a bit frustrated but it’s not that often so I suffer through it.
OpenOffice.Org: Like Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org includes multiple programs. It has a word processor called Writer, a spreadsheet (similar to Excel) called Calc, presentations which is called Impress, a graphics part called Draw and Base, which is database manipulation. The Writer program is a great alternative to Word and even does some things that Word cannot do, such as open PDF files. It’s listed as the leading free alternative to Microsoft Word / Office.
AjaxWrite: This program was designed to look like Microsoft Word so that anyone that was familiar with Word and looking for an alternative, would be familiar with the interface. This application is not as well liked as most Word alternatives due to its missing some features that most word processing programs have, such as spell checker. It is also a bit slow and you can only use it with Firefox, however, they are adding the IE browsser soon.
Zoho: This program has about 20 free applications. This is another online program, similar to Google Drive, and it allows you to link to your Google and Yahoo accounts. Like in a Google Doc, it saves automatically so there is no reason to worry if you lose your connection or lose power. Something extra nice with Zoho is that you can use Echosign for digital signatures. You can also publish it on a blog and can export to DOCX, ODF, Latex, RTF, TXT and HTML.
NeoOffice: Our final Word for Mac alternative is a software program that was made just for Mac users. NeoOffice includes word processing, presentation, spreadsheet, drawing and database programs. It is also compatible with Microsoft Office files. It has grammar and spell checker. One nice advantage is that it can import images from scanners, cameras and Quicktime videos.
Which One do You Like?
Have you used any alternatives for Word that you would recommend? If so, which ones? As I mentioned earlier, my favorite is Google Drive / Google Doc’s, but any of the 5 listed above will be able to give you a great, free alternative to having to use Word. By using these programs you will be able to share the documents with your Word using friends or coworkers, but there are also some other advantages to using some of them, such as being online where anyone can access them and pitch in to the document or spreadsheet. Let us know which ones you have tried, we love to hear from you!