Very unhappy with Word:Mac 2011. It’s glitchy and has lost much of the refinement regarding text-boxes, as demonstrated by Word:Mac 2008.
Within the first hour of using 2011 I lost my formatting toolbar and had to go into my computer’s library to delete files to get it back (with advice from online help).
I am now really fed up with 2011 because I can’t get 2008 to become the default again, for opening Word files. I go through the correct process, I’ve checked this out on forums online, but still Word 2011 hijacks the Word files.
Here’s why I’m so disappointed with the new text-box functionality in Publishing Layout View:
I'm a poet and like to play around with text layout, including overlaying portions of text. I was really impressed with the smooth operation in Word:Mac 2008 ... the only downside was you couldn't turn text upside down, nor could you angle lines of text. So, I upgraded to 2011 just so as to gain that extra rotation function with text boxes. Very annoyingly, now as you go to move a text box it creates a blank ‘ghost’ of the text box, with a grey frame, which can be moved ... but ... the text remains with the original positioned text box. Once you position the ‘ghost’ of the text box and click, only then does the original positioned text box disappear, and then the text shoots across to relocate in the new position. This is very awkward for fine alignment, as well as being difficult to describe! - where as in 2008, the process can easily be described thus: the text box moves seamlessly and uncorrupted, as if it were printed clearly on acetate and was being slid easily across a page.
But ... even worse, in 2011, when you move text boxes containing substantial sections of text, portions of the text either disappear, not momentarily but for considerable time, and often text also becomes visually garbled, especially when the top halves of letters on a line are cut off... this is pretty rubbish for such an expensive piece of software.
Also, the text-box movement is jerky, whereas in 2008 it is smooth.
And also, you can no longer place text-box text behind non-text-box text ... why was that ditched?
And generally, why would Microsoft ditch all the smoothness of 2008 ... ?
I've tried my partner's Word:Mac 2011 on her Mac, and the same problems persist.
I’ve tried it on my son’s Mac, and again the same problems persist.
And on Mac Forums I’ve also read a report of the same problem, in reply to my announcing it.
If you use text-boxes, and are impressed with Word:Mac 2008, then don’t upgrade to 2011.
If you want stability go for PAGES instead. Microsoft word is unreliable and making strange things like shutting down when you are in the middle of a work flow.
I am working with several people and we all say: WORD IS STRANGE and the workflow is : WYSINWYG. What you see is not what you get. This is such a weird program.
Powerpoint and Excel works fine but avoid Word.