I recently purchased an iMac. As a struggling writer, I could ill afford the $250 Microsoft wants for Microsoft Office for Mac. After a lengthy search, I found what appears to be a simple, functional word processing program called Nisus Writer Express. It does everything I need it to, and claims to create and read files compatible with any program but I worry that I might someday find myself in the position of having written the publishable American novel and have it requested by an agent of your snarkotimous stature, only to discover that she is unable to open my document and therefore, unable to offer me the sage and intuitive representation my budding masterpiece may someday require.
My question to you: Have you ever had difficulty opening a file generated on a Mac? My Nisus program recommends RTF format which is supposed to be universal. Is this better/more universally accessible than Word's format? Do you or your more gifted cohorts use Macs? PC's? Typewriters?
Miss Snark uses a Mac, as does anyone with style and savoir faire.
Miss Snark also requires clients to submit work electronically, thus she is fully informed on the perils of platform.
Here's how it works at Snark Central. You send it. I open it and convert it to my program. I can do that cause the Mac I have is designed to read damn near anything. I use MS Word cause that's the program editors read and use.
What you need to worry about though are the agents who aren't on Mac, and there are more of them than there are of us. What you can do is email yourself a saved version of your document in RTF and then go to Kinkos or your library, log onto your email and try to open the doc. See if it works. If not, you'll need to figure out what does.
And I spent $4o0 on Microsoft Office for Mac just last year and I have this terrible feeling they're about to upgrade and I'll need to do it all over again. Harumph.
**no more comments on this post. I'm fast losing interest in the pc/mac war.