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Dr Dog wrote:Thanks for all the replies. I was excited by the NWP prospect and do very much like the track changes it now offers, but guaranteed compatibility is a must. So it looks like it will have to be MS word on a Windows machine. I notice that David Hewson who wrote a Scrivener book is extolling the virtues of the new Word track-changes features so that part sounds good. The contributors are world-wide and so in that context the strict Word requirement makes more sense.
This is a long term project, so it will defray the costs, and my old university e-mail address is still active and I maintain contact with my college so perhaps the academic discount will apply.
Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:37 am Post
nom wrote:Not sure why it would need to be on a Windows machine? I use Word on my Mac without issue (well, apart from the fact that it is Word). There are three main reasons why I keep it on my Mac: tables (Word handles Tables exponentially better than Pages); track changes; seamless file sharing with colleagues. I haven't yet had a file of mine that colleagues couldn't open or vice versa.
If for some reason you do really truly need Windows (I'd love to know why), then Parallels should be sufficient. At under $100 it's a heck of lot cheaper (and more portable) than a second computer, even if you need to pay full price for Windows. A new MBA will easily run Windows in Parallels.
Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:42 am Post
Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:02 pm Post
Dr Dog wrote:Thanks Nom - the reason is simply nervousness: I trawled a number of board discussions last night and there seemed to be almost as many horror stories as happy campers, especially where tracking changes and complex texts are concerned. I'm sure a fair few of the former are user error so I think I'll take your experience as a hopeful sign and look into things a little more deeply.
Tue Oct 08, 2013 12:12 pm Post
Briar Kit wrote:VirtualBox is a free alternative to Parallels or VMWare Fusion.
Education pricing on Office for Mac is competitive and worth checking.
I use Pages to edit Word files (BTW, I really like tables in Pages, Nom) and send exported .doc files in return. Never had a complaint.
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