Wow. Who knew the little TextEdit application supports .doc, .docx and PDF formats?
This actually worked for me today:
- I imported some Word 97/5.0 business documents
- updated and saved them
- and I exported them as PDF.
So you can do light but professional documentation, invoicing, etc. without installing additional software.
For multi-column and chart formatting, just use the the Format => Table… menu option, similar to old-school HTML layout. You can set the table cell borders to 0 pixels to make them disappear.
Bonus tip: Preview, which is also included with Mac OS X, can be used to professionally annotate images. If you’re a manager or engineer, you will love the results. Just click on Tools … Annotate.
osxdaily.com: Opening DOCX Files on a Mac, Without Microsoft Office