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Whether we're covering a live keynote or writing a magazine cover story, we write a lot of stuff here at Macworld. This video gives you a tour of the many writing tools we use to publish our web site and magazine.

Microsoft Office: The killer Windows app

Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows is one of the most compelling reasons to run Windows on a Mac. “But wait,” you say. “Doesn’t Microsoft offer Office 2008 for the Mac? Why run the Windows version?” Simply put: because the Windows version can do some things the Mac version can’t.

What Visual Basic’s Office return means for Mac IT

Microsoft promised this week to restore support for Visual Basic for Applications to a future version of its Office suite. But the lack of VBA support in Office 2008 is only one problem for Mac users, John C. Welch writes.

Basic lesson: Microsoft listens to its users

Visual Basic for Applications is headed back to Office for the Mac in a future release. So what does that mean for the VBA-using Office user of today?

Microsoft to bring back Visual Basic in Office for Mac

With the next major update to Office for Mac, Microsoft will again give Mac users access to Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) scripting in Office documents.

Microsoft releases Service Pack 1 for Office 2008

With the release of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office 2008, Microsoft has made improvements to the applications suite and the individual programs in it.

OpenOffice.org 3.0 beta shrugs off X11

OpenOffice.org 3.0, the free Office suite alternative, has gone beta, and no longer requires X11 to run on Mac OS X.

Automating Word with AppleScript

Unfortunately, Word 2008 doesn’t support VBA. The good news is that, with a little tinkering, almost anything you could do with a VBA macro in previous versions of Word, you can now do with AppleScript in Word 2008.

Office 2008 vs. iWork ’08: Can they get along?

We’ve compared Word and Pages, Excel and Numbers, PowerPoint and Keynote. But one question is still on readers minds: What about file compatibility?

PowerPoint 2008 vs. Keynote ‘08

We asked Franklin N. Tessler—our go-to expert on presentation programs—to use PowerPoint 2008 and Keynote ‘08 to create the same project, progressing from the basics (data entry and formatting) to more-advanced features.