what basic word processing application for osx would you recommend?
May 15, 2014 1:20 PM Subscribe
Should be kinda an easy question in 2014, but I’ll ask anyway: What basic word processing (and preferably free/cheap) application have you found most stable/safest and user friendly (for Mac)?
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A colleague will soon begin a writing project that should end up with a 200-page or so manuscript (text, sections/lists, some tables with words, not numbers, etc.) and asked about the best app use from the get-go. Since I didn’t have a ready answer, I figured to check with you all.
Some context: She’s very much a Mac user, running a MacBook Pro and OSX 10.9.2, not very techie, and has probably spent the most time with MS Word (which neither she nor I feel much loyalty toward for the typical reasons: somewhat complex/futzy to use for simple stuff, instability/crashes, Microsoft is evil, etc.). Besides the basic functions above, she’d like to access her file/manuscript from multiple machines/the cloud, and to have option for uncluttering the screen while composing (a mode that just shows the text without all the formatting or desktop), while also being able to add more complex document design as the project develops. Oh, and she’s paranoid about losing her files, so stability’s a big thing. (I’ll also add that in this era, I’m hoping it’s a freeware or close to it app, since spending $$$ on word processing these days seems to me, well, unnecessary, but perhaps I’m wrong.)
Fwiw, besides MS Word, I’ve used the Google Drive word processor, which has some annoying formatting issues when exporting files to other word processing apps; the Bean application, which allows for the uncluttered composing option, etc., but has given me some unreadable files when documents have gotten large (over 50+ pages) or incorporated too many tables; and the plain old TextEdit app from Mac, which, again, has behaved oddly on me with longer docs or those with lots of cuts/paste editing. None of these options leave me overly enthusiastic. So, what else might work?