Best Word Processor for Mac: Word, Pages, Scrivener and More


7. WPS Office – Writer

If OpenOffice is a substitute for Microsoft Office, then WPS Office essentially apes the whole experience almost beat for beat.

The software collection, formerly known as Kingsoft Office, doesn’t offer as many apps as Microsoft, but the ones it does have are the most important – and they’re comprehensive too. Writer, Presentation and Spreadsheets are Word, Powerpoint and Excel in all but name, but there are a few extra features that make WPS Office worth checking out if you want to save yourself the price of a Microsoft 365 subscription.

For one, there’s a cloud-based system that lets you start working on a computer and pick up where you left off on the iPhone or iPad app. It also allows for real-time collaboration for premium users, like the guy you’d see in Google Docs or similar, making it ideal for editing content or brainstorming ideas for a project.

It will also open and edit files from other word processing applications and can also export to a variety of file types, including PDF. As for PDFs, it can also replace Preview as the default reader, though you get more features with the paid subscription.

It’ll cost you $29.99 / £23.22 a year, but unlocks full file conversions and 20GB of cloud storage. Unfortunately, you’ll have to spend this to avoid ads, which allows the developer to monetize the free version.

And yet, even with that caveat, WPS Office is an excellent package with a sleek interface that sits somewhere between Microsoft Office and Google Docs, and a powerful word processor that packs the best of both.


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