What are some good programs like Word

Efficient research and writing.

Every student is dependent on a writing program almost every day. Lecture notes, presentation preparations, essays, seminar papers and theses - all of this is usually created and saved on the computer. This procedure not only ensures a better and safer way of organizing all writing documents, it also makes it much easier to share what has been written with lecturers and fellow students. When it comes to writing programs, the majority of students first think of the Windows program Word, which in addition to a writing program also includes PowerPoint and Excel. But is Word really the right decision for you? The price of a Word license and certain application problems for Mac users are just two reasons why we would like to introduce you to five alternatives to Word.

1. Google Docs

Google Docs is an easily accessible online writing program that also offers programs for presentations and spreadsheets. Documents can be saved in Google Drive and opened via the app on smartphones and tablets. Google Docs is particularly recommended for group work, as you can share documents with other users and work on a file at the same time. Google Docs is perfect for everyday university life: everyone can access a document for group work, you can exchange lecture notes with fellow students and create a uniform presentation for presentations! But can Google Docs also be used for more extensive term papers or theses? First of all, the high degree of flexibility speaks in favor of this - no matter where you are, you can continue to write on your work anywhere on a computer! You can also easily share the current document with your supervisors and still work on it, as they can follow the changes. Proofreaders also have the option of inserting comments directly into the document. Unfortunately, the number of contra-points is a lot longer: no automatic table of figures, no hyphenation, numbering of figures, tables and references is not possible, limited selection of templates and some formatting weaknesses. So maybe use one of the following programs for your thesis!

2. Open Office

Open Office has been one of the best-known programs competing with Word for a long time. The writing program can be downloaded free of charge and includes other programs such as tables, presentations, etc. Anyone who is familiar with Word will quickly find their way around the Open Office program! The program, unlike Google Docs, has a lot of features, but cloud support isn't one of them, and the mobile version is only available for Android. We also know from our own experience that not all lecturers get along with the Open Office format and rather prefer the classic .doc (x) files (but you can theoretically open Open Office documents with Word!). The other way around, you can only open Word formats with Open Office and not edit them. For documents that you write alone, for which you need extensive formatting options and which you have to hand in in a printed version, Open Office is ideal. So: better write group presentations using Google Docs, final theses more likely with Open Office ...


3. Libre Office

... or Libre Office! This writing program, which is also free of charge, is similar to Open Office (Libre Office also emerged from Open Office), but Libre Office seems to have overtaken its predecessor in some functions. Not only is cloud support available, several people can also work on one document. Libre Office thus combines some of the advantages of Google Docs and Open Office! If you can do without using the writing program on your smartphone and tablet (there is only a viewer for Android devices), Libre Office is probably the ideal program for you!

4. WPS Office Free

A lesser-known alternative to Word is the WPS Office Free writing program. This is difficult to understand at first, because WPS Office Free has the same functions as Open Office and Libre Office and looks even more modern! Cloud support is available and templates can also be downloaded from the Internet thanks to the strong online integration. There is also a free mobile app so that you can also access your documents, tables and presentations from your smartphone and tablet. However, there is a catch: The basic version is free, but you can only use features such as compatibility with Microsoft Office and PDF support if you pay the monthly subscription fees.

5. Auratikum

Auratikum is an outstanding writing program. The all-rounder is ideal for writing your seminar, bachelor, master and doctoral theses. Without installation, Auratikum manages your notes, plans your chapters, manages your literature and lets you write your own text. In addition, your writing certificates can be exported to Microsoft Word (* .docx), LaTex, Bibtex or JSON, and references from programs such as Citavi, Endnote, Zotero and Evernote can also be imported. The Auratikum writing program is extremely easy to use and has a free basic version [try it out now]. A short video overview is shown in the video embedded below.

Happy research!


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And yet, I think, because of the range of functions and the possibilities, you can't get past Word - at least not for large projects.

By the way, I use Ulysses on a Mac. In fact, I don't find writing in Auratikum very exciting yet. Even if the planning of the structure is foreseeably simplified. I will probably have to rely on combining that somehow and still working with copy / paste.

What I still miss is the export from Auratikum to Pages or in a simple RTF format. In principle, Word is practicable, but no longer the first choice for everyone. You can see it exactly that way in this blog post.