The best word processor for Mac
7. WPS Office – Writer
If OpenOffice is a replacement for Microsoft Office, then WPS Office essentially mimics the entire 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 biggest, and they’re full-featured, 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 the price of a Microsoft 365 subscription.
For one thing, 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. That also enables real-time collaboration for premium users, like the kind you’d see in Google Docs or the like, making it great for editing content or mapping out 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. On the subject of PDFs, it can also replace Preview as your default reader, though you’ll get more features with the paid membership.
That’ll set you back $29.99 / £23.22 per year, but it opens up full file conversions and 20GB of cloud storage. Unfortunately, you’ll need to spend that to avoid ads, which is how the developer can monetize the free version.
And yet, even with that caveat, WPS Office is a great 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.