updated 06:05 pm EST, Mon February 10, 2003
MacNN reader "Dave" describes what he feels is a "serious compatibility problem" between Office X for Mac OS X and the Office 97 to XP for Windows.
"Unfortunately, Office docs created or modified in the Mac OS X environment
aren't completely compatible with PC variations of Office from Office 97 to
We found this out about a week ago when my team was working on a business presentation. We have a big Excel financial spreadsheet. In that sheet we have a chart of some of the values in the sheet. If you are using Mac Office X and you copy and paste the chart into a PowerPoint presentation as a ?picture? and then copy the powerpoint drawing into a word doc it looks fine and prints fine on the Mac. Send the Word doc to a PC and you get a big red X where the object was. We had to scramble at the last minute before a presentation to redo the drawings and charts on the PC? so we could make our presentation!
Even worse if you try to paste the PowerPoint objects into the Word doc in normal Microsoft Office object format, the paste is incorrectly scaled and fonts misrepresented. Microsoft has a number of ?patches? out for Office X,
none of which address any of this.
I believe that the cut-paste issue has to do with Apple's subtle move to PDFs and TIFFs as interchange documents on the clipboard, but am not sure.