Somewhere in the middle are apps like Document Writer, made specifically to handle Microsoft Word files, Open Office files, RTF and text files. Think of Word mini and you’ll be right at home on Document Writer. Except for a few issues.
Not Word, Word-like
Color me a bit old school but I prefer non-minimalist word processors. You know the kind. They have a Toolbar with icons across the top. Click and things happen.
That’s Document Writer, whose claim to fame is the ability to handle multiple file formats, including Microsoft Word.
How well it handles Word files is subjective, but I haven’t noticed any issues with simpler Word documents.
Document Writer handles character and paragraph styles, automatically formats numbered lists or bullet lists, creates table of contents, and drops in page breaks.
Headers and footers are free form and you can see multiple documents on a screen with split-window editing, but there’s also a distraction free fullscreen editing mode.
Notice how Document Writer looks like a mini version of Word? It’s a more traditional word processor layout with Toolbar and options at the top.
Also built in are word count and automatic page numbering along with auto save, find and replace, and an option to export a document as a Microsoft Word file. You can even drop in images and create multiple columns.
All things considered, Document Writer is a decent, capable word processor; far less bloated than word, more traditional than Pages, and modestly priced.
Gotchas and caveats?
One big one. The price is acceptable, but there’s no trial version; no try-before-you buy option, and the price is more than double my normal threshold of throwaway money to try an app. Mac writers are a finicky bunch and a trial version would be a plus. A big plus.
Finally, what’s with the floppy disk icon in the Menubar? Click it to save a file. I get that. but when was the last time you used a floppy disk on your Mac? It’s the 21st century, folks. Time to modernize the icons to match.