You probably use Outlook for business, which makes it doubly important you save every message when moving to a new copy of Outlook on another Mac or after reinstalling OS X. Fortunately it’s easy to do even if you don’t use Time Machine or another method to back up your Mac’s drive.
If it's one thing that really grinds my gears, it's how Outlook manages to crash every morning -- like clockwork -- as I'm doing my daily email rounds. I keep sending Microsoft those Error Reports, but nothing! The other thing that really gets me are Word and Excel's memory-hogging tendencies. And maybe I need more RAM to get things going a little faster, but not everyone is capable of such an upgrade just to get a few "simple" applications to go a little faster. If you're just as fed up as I am, here's a few open source alternatives that don't hog your resources and do the exact same job.
Outlook users, we have good news and bad news. First the good stuff: thanks to April’s SP1 update for Office 2011, Outlook 2011 can now use Apple’s Sync Services to sync your calendar, contacts, tasks, and notes over the air with MobileMe. That’s a big improvement over Outlook 2011’s original release, which was limited to syncing just your contacts. Better yet, activating the new syncing options is drop-dead simple.
We feel your pain, Office 2011 users--and so does Microsoft. While the release last fall of Microsoft’s seminal productivity suite took great strides in bringing Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for Mac into parity with the Windows versions, it also fell woefully short in a few key areas. Help is on the way as an SP1 update for Office 2011 will be released next week, and the main new feature is improved syncing. But there’s a catch…
I have been searching for a way to print my mom’s Address Book on perforated Rolodex cards -- at age 85, she is very low tech. Is there any shareware or freeware that can do this, or a handy way to do it myself with Pages or Word?
Microsoft Office 2011 for the Mac has been out for a little while now, but in case you're still on the fence, Redmond has decided to sweeten the deal a little bit, by launching free 30-day trial licenses for the software, to let you take it for a test drive. After that, you can make the decision for yourself whether to proceed with purchasing the productivity suite.
Microsoft Office has always had a lot of features--too many features, some would say. With menus inside of menus, palettes aplenty, and toolbars crammed with tiny buttons, the biggest problem with Office was finding the features you needed without being bogged down by the ones you never touched. Plus, with the Mac version of Office lagging at least a year behind the Windows suite, feature parity could be an issue, so Mac users often felt like second-class citizens over, for example, the lack of VBA macros.