12/17/12 Is There a Free Word Processor Program for the MacBook Pro? Have a new MacBook Pro and want a good word processing program —– Dan 5 Responses to “Is There a Free Word Processor Program for the MacBook Pro?” Gary Rosenzweig says: 12/17/12 at 9:43 am The free word processing program that comes with your Mac is TextEdit. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is a simple text editor, though. In rich text mode you can do most of the basic things you would expect word processor to do. See http://macmost.com/using-textedit-for-casual-word-processing.html Beyond that, you can get Pages for only $20 from the Mac App Store. Then you have a very rich full-featured word processor and layout program. See http://macmost.com/tag/pages for a lot of videos on Pages. Graeme Ingram says: 12/17/12 at 9:30 pm Hi Gary, is Text edit compatible with Windows/Microsoft software ? Cheers Graeme Gary Rosenzweig says: 12/17/12 at 10:05 pm Actually, yes. You can create plain text files (.txt) and rich text (.rtf). They can both be read by programs like Microsoft Word on Windows. And TextEdit can actually open up Word files — it can’t handle many of the things inside them (like special elements or layout), but it can at least get to the words inside of a basic document. John M. Hammer says: 12/17/12 at 10:58 am Bean is free, and is basically TextEdit-Plus. http://bean-osx.com iText Express is free, available in the Mac App Store, and even offers footnoting! If you’re doing any academic or scientific writing, you need the ability to footnote. If you’re willing to spend a few dollars, spend twenty and get Pages from the Mac App Store, as Gary suggested. I also like Byword, which is great for Markdown and for composing text before importing into a “real” word processor for formatting and layout. Simon says: 12/17/12 at 12:54 pm Alternatively Neo Office, Open Office & Libre Office are full office suites which contain a word processor component. http://www.neooffice.org/neojava/en/index.php http://www.openoffice.org/ http://www.libreoffice.org/ Comments Closed. Learn More From MacMost Book: The Practical Guide To Mac Security Book: My iPad 7th Edition App: Video Guide to Yosemite Connect with MacMostSubscribe at iTunes to the MacMost video podcast Check out the free MacMost weekly email newsletter Follow MacMost on Facebook Get updates, news and tips on Twitter Get the free MacMost app for the iPhone and iPad MacMost SectionsVideos by Category Video Archive Top Apple-Related News Apple Rumors All Recent Apple News Virus and Malware Information Center Free iPhone Ringtones iPhone App Recommendations Quick Tips Popular PagesPrintable Keyboard Shortcuts Guide to Online Password Security Uninstalling Mac Apps How to Get Free iPhone Ringtones Extending iPhone Battery Life Make Your Own iPhone Ringtones Syncing Your iPod to More Than One Computer iMovie Picture-In-Picture QuickTime Player Screen Recording Shut Down or Sleep Do Macs Need Anti-Virus? InformationAbout MacMost Contact MacMost MacMost Site Map MacMost Site Policies Popular TopicsFinder • iPad • Mac Software • iMovie • iPhone • Web • Photos and iPhoto • Pages • Safari • Video • iWork • Security • Numbers • iTunes • Mail • Keynote • iOS • System Preferences • Photography • iPhone Apps • Mac Accessories • iPhone OS • GarageBand • Audio • Graphics © 2006-2015 CleverMedia, Inc. All Rights Reserved.