By Zhiming Chen
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A great alternative to MS Word.
WordMate is lean, fast, and uncluttered. If you get depressed at the thought of firing up MS Word, try WordMate.
WordMate is a great, easy-to-use word processor, designed to make writing convenient, efficient and comfortable. It starts up quickly, has a live word count, and is easy on the eyes.
WordMate natively reads and writes these file formats:
•.docx format (MS Word 2007)
•.doc format (MS Word '97)
•.xml format (MS Word 2003 XML)
•.odt format (OpenDocument)
•.rtf format (Rich text)
•.rtfd format (Rich text with graphics)
•a live word count
•a Get Info panel for in-depth statistics
•a zoom-slider to easily change the view scale
•an Inspector panel with lots of sliders
•a page layout mode
•an alternate colors option (e.g., white text on blue)
•an option to show invisible characters (tabs, returns, spaces)
•selection of text by text style, paragraph style, color, etc.
•a floating windows option (like Stickies has)
•easy to use menus
•remembers cursor position (excluding .text, .html, and .webarchive formats)
•dictionary, word completion, etc.
Spend some time learning it, and it
I bought this because it was way cheaper than buying the full version of Word for the Mac, and because it looked like it would be capable of handling the bulk of my writing assignments for college AND still be capable of handling a number of different file types.
The controls might have a little to be desired, what with font controls being in a separate window called "Attributes," but once you find it, you should be golden for a majority of your needs.
The only other issue I had with this program is with headers and footers. In your headers/footers settings [Format>Header/Footer>Show Header/Footer Preferences OR WordMate>Preferences>Printing], there are some options available that say (set in Get Properties…) in the option. This was a bit of a head scratcher for a few minutes since you can't just type whatever you want in your header and footer. After a few minutes, I figured out that "Get Properties" is actually another separate window that you access to put some additional info about your document on [View>Get Properties].
It might seem a little unweildy at first, but this is actually a very well-made program after you get used to how it operates (especially if you're used to older versions of Word like I am). It took me about 20-30 minutes to get accustomed to it, but I really like the fact that it's actually pretty robust!
Freezes + Broken Support Link = Help!
As of yesterday, I was thoroughly enjoying this app instead of paying the major cost for Microsoft Word!
However, WordMate froze as I was trying to save a paper I had finally finished typing up for one of my courses and it ended up CRASHING! HELP!!!! The paper is due tonight and now I'll have to take the entire afternoon off work just to rewrite it, unless there is some type of retrieval method built in. Somehow it saved my page set up but not the text within the document (i.e., the font style & size, line spacing, etc. is now applied to all 'new' documents)? What is going on?? I'd love to look in the 'help' section to see if it has in fact saved the text w/in the document however the 'help' section is far too basic and has absolutely no information on whether document retrieval is even an option!
To add to it, the "Wordmate Support" link located in the App Store is broken!
PLEASE update the Help section and the Support link! This is ridiculous!!!!
App FROZE in the middle of writing a legal memo
What good is an app that will let you write a brief and then freeze, so you can't work on it, you can't save it, you cant get out of it unless you force quit? Damned if I know. This is a serious issue that they need to address immediately. Nobody wants to use an app that does this in the middle of working. P.S. ther is NO support for this product. None.