Microsoft Word for Mac 2011
Posted 28 October 2010 - 06:27 AM
Word for Windows 2003 had a basic "remove hidden data tool," and Office 2007 significantly expanded on that with the Document Inspector function.
Apparently Microsoft thinks that Mac users are all graphics professionals who don't care about the metadata. There is zero compelling reason to get the program until MS adds metadata/hidden data removal tools.
Anyone out there have any inside information on what the Mac Business Unit was thinking (or rather not thinking)?
Posted 28 October 2010 - 12:16 PM
I understand that Word 2011 for Mac does not support Arabic...and this question is not about the actual support for that language.
The issue I have is that I have been passed a document that was created in a version of Word on a PC that was set up for use by Arabic staff. Someone has created a document in English and most of the paragraphs are formatted left to right and working fine...no problems. I can edit etc with no issues.
However, there are a couple of paragraphs within the document that are written in English but the text flows right to left. I have tried to set the various settings to English (UK) to try and get the flow to revert to left to right...I've changed the language, I've tried changing the alignment (but that seemed to confuse word a little) and a few other things...but with no luck.
I would emphasise that there are no actual Arabic characters displayed...and standard fonts are being used.
I am using Word 2011 and have Word 2008 on the same machine. Any suggestions about how to get the formatting correct? Has anyone experienced this and solved it - other than retyping the document/paragraph. This is really frustrating.
Posted 28 October 2010 - 12:21 PM
Create a set of data...just a series of numbers in Excel and create a sparkline for it. Put some conditional formatting in on the numbers...red background for less than 0; amber for 1 to 9; green for 10 and above.
Now copy the cells and paste into a blank Word 2011 document...
No sparkline graph pasted? Does it come up as a blank cell in Word...even though you may link it to Excel and allow you to double click on the embedded link and go to Excel to re-edit the data set and see the changes reflected in Word instantly.
Overall I like the products...but there appear to be some real issues with the headline features of it.
Posted 06 November 2010 - 07:25 AM
Posted 10 November 2010 - 08:12 AM
I have stuck with Office 2004 because of the macro-less-ness of 2008. Can you tell me if upgrading is worth it from a speed standpoint? You've included benchmarks for 2011 vs 2008 but not 2004. I'm assuming that it is MUCH faster just because it is Intel Native but I thought I should ask.
Posted 02 December 2010 - 08:16 PM
Posted 02 December 2010 - 08:19 PM
Or I mean Word 2011. lol
Posted 02 December 2010 - 09:34 PM
I have stuck with Office 2004 because of the macro-less-ness of 2008. Can you tell me if upgrading is worth it from a speed standpoint? You've included benchmarks for 2011 vs 2008 but not 2004. I'm assuming that it is MUCH faster just because it is Intel Native but I thought I should ask
For me...yes, Word and Office 2011 are much faster than 2004. I stuck with Office 2004 this long because I heard how bad and slow Office 2008 was, but every day more people are sending me .docx now and it always takes too long to open/save .docx in Office 2004 even with the latest converter updates. So I finally upgraded. The Intel Macs I use Office 2011 on are over 2 years old, and Office 2011 is noticeably faster than Office 2004 on them. I think Office 2011 is well worth it to have the apps boot and .docx files open/save in just a couple seconds, and to remove the last big apps I had that were running in Rosetta. Not running Rosetta is going to save me some RAM and CPU, too.
Posted 20 December 2010 - 10:52 AM
My wife emailed me a Mac 2011 Office word doc (.docx format) that she had transferred from my Macbook via usb memory stick to her windows pc. At work we use Ms Office for Windows 2007. It won't open the Office for Mac 2011 version, saying it's corrupt and has something called a fork error. Well, "fork me"! I thought the days of needing different shaped knives and spoons, bowls and plates for different fare ended the Intel-mac equivalent of the 'splade'. But, unless my experience was an aberration, it seems he whole notion of multi-platform compatibility is pie in the sky. Ironically, it is the sky ... or the cloud ... that may actually provide the solution. Google is skyrocketing along that trajectory as we speak.
Posted 15 March 2011 - 05:16 PM
The feature and workaround are discussed here:
It would be nice if the MacWorld community were able to convince our friends in Redmond that we would be much happier to use the program in the event that it worked.
This post has been edited by markscohen: 15 March 2011 - 05:16 PM
Posted 04 January 2012 - 09:02 AM