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Tag - Word
There are two things to know about writers: they are fabulous human beings, clearly, and they are in no way biased. The other is that there are better-paid jobs in the world, so if you have a writer in your life, you'll love them for their sheer brilliance -- and they'll love you for the human contact. Get them something that will truly help them and while you're at it, get the same for yourself.
We're all for Apple disrupting industries but, honestly, we were fine here. No disruption needed, but we got it anyway. You got Pages if you wanted to write anything serious, you got Microsoft Word if you had to, and you used Apple Notes if you didn't know any better. It was ever thus -- until now. As of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9, we have Apple Notes 4.0 and it is just about world-changing. The only problem that, possibly not your world, though.
Pages is the anti-Microsoft Word. Where Word has every single conceivable feature going -- and quite a lot of them work, even! -- it does rather show them to you. Despite the promise of the Ribbon making it easier to find what you want, Word users still have to hunt through buttons and icons that they'll never need to know, nor care about. In contrast, Pages does less, and looks like it does a gigantic amount less. We've had people ask us about swapping to Word because Pages doesn't do X or Y -- when it does.
This gives us no pleasure to say, but you should not buy Documents -- Word Processor and Reader for Microsoft Office 5.4. Nobody should. What it does, it does poorly, and it is intended to be a replacement for other apps that are freely available, and maybe not infinitely better but at least geometrically better. Documents is a throwback to a time when we didn't have Microsoft Word or Excel on iPads.
It's no longer enough for Microsoft to add the odd new feature and scrub up the appearance of an app: the world has moved on, not least in that we now call them all "apps" instead of "applications." With Office 2016 now available to Office 365 users (if their companies have enabled it, or if they sign up themselves), our attention did go first to the new version of Microsoft Word. Office for Mac really contains four major applications (and OneNote, which we'll call a minor one) though, and while we personally might lump PowerPoint and Outlook together into the guest-cast category, Microsoft Excel 2016 15.11.2 is definitely a star of the show.
Say you write 30 invoices in Word every week. The amounts and the people you're writing to will change, plus over time you may get less and less polite. Word can't help you with people you have to send reminders to (sometimes, we'd like to see the "it looks like you're writing a threatening letter" feature) but it can speed up a lot of the repetitive work. Type a couple of characters, and you can have Word write out entire letters, with gaps for names and figures wherever you want.
Whether you're a fan of Words with Friends, Bookworm, or Boggle, there's a lot of fun to be had playing word games. The juxtaposition of the challenge of finding words, and the relaxing low-stress gameplay, makes for a great way to pass the time and unwind after a long day. Today, we bring you Alphabear, a word puzzle that is so adorable you won't be able to stand it.
If you have to use Microsoft Word at work, go get this now and be delighted with it. If you don't have to, if you're looking for a great word processor, it's just a little harder to recommend Word quite so readily. It's harder, and it's also very unfair, as 30 years of using various versions of Word have left us with biases against it. Word earned those biases, it's just difficult to think about going back to relying on it, even though Microsoft Word 2016 is the best and the shiniest version ever.
Word games are a great way to help wake your brain up first thing in the morning, which would explain the immense popularity of newspaper crossword puzzles, as well as the plethora of word games available in the App Store. There's something that is both relaxing and energizing about working through word-based puzzles. We checked out Puzzle Cards, a fun little puzzler that we found quite enjoyable.
Back when Microsoft Word was king, you could do well selling a different word processor if it could open and save documents in Office format. You also needed to be cheaper, and it would help if you were easier to use -- neither of which, to be fair, were hard to pull off. Lastly, if you're in an App Store, finding a way to get the name Word in your title helped people find you. TinyWord 2.0 wants to tick every one of those boxes.