Windows 10: compatible apple word processor

  1.    12 Dec 2017 #1

    compatible apple word processor

    I have a friend with an Apple computer who sends me PDF files, that I can edit because she doesn't have a Windows compatible word processor and I don't know what to advise her to use. I can't believe Apple can't create a Windows compatible document. Does Apple have a word processor like Wordpad, that she can use to create Win compatible docs?
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  2.    13 Dec 2017 #2

    She can use TextEdit application which is a part of MacOS. TextEdit works with many document formats (rtf, docx, html...). Treat it as an equivalent of Wordpad.

    Or - and better - she can install & use LibreOffice suite as many Macintosh & Windows users do:
    LibreOffice works well with odt, docx, and many other formats of documents, and has much more features than TextEdit.

    You will probably need to instruct her that it is better to use File/Save option (and select document format in Save dialog) instead of File/Export to PDF.

    Btw Macintosh is a great tool for everyday use..

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	mac.png 
Views:	2 
Size:	373.0 KB 
ID:	167980
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    13 Dec 2017 #3

    Addendum - how to save document as rtf in TextEdit (and similarly in LibreOffice):

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	mac1.png 
Views:	2 
Size:	658.5 KB 
ID:	167990

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	mac2.png 
Views:	2 
Size:	584.8 KB 
ID:	167991
    Last edited by muchomurka; 13 Dec 2017 at 06:27.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4. Posts : 2,196
    Windows 10 Pro x64 FCU - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       13 Dec 2017 #4

    The biggest selling software on Macintosh computers for many years is Microsoft Office for Mac - This provides by design full 100% compatibility with the Windows MS Office Suites. It is of course Not free, but there are many deals for students and special versions of the traditional desktop suite. Also a Microsoft ID does allow access to the online versions for free Office Online | Documents, Presentations more Online for free

    Free options such as LibraOffice will work as a translation medium, but may require some reformatting of word documents after transfer with anything other than simple documents so you would need to both use Libreoffice or Word to minimise the work involved ( I am assuming you are using word at present)

    The solution you choose, will also depend on the complexity of the documentation you are dealing with, as although the Free office suites have advanced a long way they still sometimes have issues with more advanced MS Office functions
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  5.    13 Dec 2017 #5

    The main problem I think is that she uses "Export as PDF", not "Save"... Which application she uses is somewhat irrelevant if it can handle common formats. (And yes, I personally prefer LibreOffice over that MS one which I must use at work because of Outlook.)
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  6. Posts : 2,196
    Windows 10 Pro x64 FCU - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       13 Dec 2017 #6

    Thats true, and is why I suggested two options to the answer the request for an application that can produce Windows compatible documents - The use of a PDF would suggest a certain complexity of the documents involved so the Use of the Industry standard Document creation software is something that should be considered.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  7.    13 Dec 2017 #7

    Thanks for all these responses. I will share them with her.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


Related Threads
Hi there Those running Linux VM's and missing the Ms office suite on Windows can run an almost identical clone version of EXCEL, WORD and POWERPOINT - even EXCEL XML files work -- the restriction is that you can't use the embedded BASIC Macros of...
Suggestions for new word processor in Microsoft Office and 365
I've been using Open Office on both my laptop where it runs perfectly and on my desktop where very common names such Haden, Cassidy etc. are red lined (well I see Haden got the old red line here too). Anyway, when I put a file with no red lining on...
Just got back my son's two month since purchase of ACER Laptop after needing a new hard drive. As my handicapped son will get confused from the any Word Program even if a trial version or just an advertisng shell. I deleted the MS Word Program...
Word 2016 is not using the up to date word document. When I go to save after opening up a brand new word doc. It tells me it will be updated to the latest word doc. I am using Office 2016 Pro on Windows 10 64bit HP laptop. Any advice would be...
I just installed the Word Preview app from the store - it's fairly usable, but... when you open an existing docx file, it claims it is in an old file format, offers to save a copy in the newer format, or loads the file read-only. So it saves a copy...
Our Sites
Site Links
About Us
Windows 10 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 10" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 00:29.
Find Us