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Microsoft Office 2004 (Macintosh OS X)

Minimum requirements for installing and product notables for Microsoft Office 2004 (as suggested by Microsoft).
  1. Hardware - G3, Mac OS X compatible.
  2. Operating system - Mac OS X version 10.2.8 or later.
  3. Memory - 256MB of RAM.
  4. Hard disk - 450MB of available hard disk space for a default installation; the hard-disk space requirement varies according to the components you choose to install and the amount of data you store in Office.
  5. Also, installation of Value Pack components requires additional hard disk space. 450MB are required for drag-and-drop installation of Office
  6. Drive - CD-ROM drive or a connection to a network if you are installing Office from a network volume.
    Project Center. This provides one simple way to view and stay on top of all e-mail messages, files, contacts, meetings and tasks related to a particular project. Users can share project information with others.
    Compatibility Reports. Users can share information and ideas seamlessly with nearly anyone on any platform. These reports detail issues that may be problematic on another platform or with older versions of Office, giving users the option of fixing them. This feature pulses red when there is a problem.
    Scrapbook. This allows storage, advanced searching and direct input into a document. Through cut and paste or drag-and-drop, the Scrapbook offers easy access to the most-often-used information --including bits of text, logos and pictures -- and can be accessed from all four Office programs.
    Project Palette. This section of the Toolbox offers at-a-glance access to key project information, much like the Overview tab in Project Center. With sections for e-mail, meetings, tasks, comments and files, the Project Palette is likely to be the primary way users access project information.
    Save as Picture. This feature allows users to save objects drawn in Office as separate graphics files.
    Project Gallery.This feature now includes easy-to-use tabs that divide the gallery into sections. The Recent tab displays up to 100 recently used files that can be opened regardless of physical location. Integration with the Project Center means users can use the Project Gallery to open any file -- Office or not -- within a project and create new documents for a given project.
    Formatting Palette. This becomes transparent so it's there when users need it, but fades to the background when they don't.
    Unicode support. Office 2004 now supports input and display of more than 30 languages.
    Long-file name support. File names are no longer limited to 31 characters.
    Microsoft AutoUpdate. Office will be automatically updated when new patches or service releases are available. You will be prompted for Admin password before update installs.
    Error Reporting. Users can now immediately report crashes to Microsoft for analysis and potential fixes.
    AppleScripting. The AppleScript dictionary has been improved and expanded to allow better AppleScript programmability.
    Notebook Layout View. Designed to look like ruled notebook paper, this tool allows users to quickly take notes, search and flag relevant information, and record audio directly into a Word document.
    Smart Buttons. Smart Buttons give users control of automatic correction, paste recovery, and auto bulleting and numbering.
    Track Changes. With comment balloons, easy acceptance or rejection of changes, and Messenger integration, and tracking changes.
    Reference tools. The dictionary and thesaurus and a link to the online Microsoft Encarta encyclopedia are now centralized in the Office toolbox.
    Navigation Pane. Users can better find their way through long documents with a full Navigation Pane that includes thumbnail page views.
    Styles improvements. Document consistency is easier with enhancements to Styles, found in the Formatting Palette.
    Page Layout View. This allows users to view and manipulate directly in the spreadsheet exactly what they will see on paper, including margins, headers, footers and page layout.
    Charting improvements. New charting tools make improvements in helping create charts and graphs.
    Smart Buttons. AutoFill buttons allow users to adjust how cells are quickly filled. Paste Recovery allows users to change or maintain the formatting of copied and pasted information. And Error Reporting buttons identify and explain potential formula errors.
    Function ScreenTips. The latest addition to the Excel error-checking safety net, Function ScreenTips will instantly display correct syntax for more than 140 functions.
    Rangefinder. This improvement offers a quick way to find and change formulas. Users can easily see what spreadsheet cells are being referenced in a formula and change those ranges by simply clicking and dragging new ranges.
    XML support. Excel now supports XML files using the Excel Spreadsheet Schema, so sharing complex data is possible.
    Preference improvements. These improvements help guide a user's application customization by providing a description of the feature and a clear indication of whether it affects any open spreadsheets.
    What issues are there in regards to reading Office 2007 Excel files (.xlsx) in Office 2004 Excel (for Mac)?
    Compatibility for Office 2004 Excel does not work if someone sends you an Office 2007 Excel file (.xlsx format). If you save the Excel file in Office 2007 in a "lower" format (97-2003 .xls format), it will work. To save in a "lower" format, refer to How do I make Office 2000/XP/2003 formats compatible with Office 2007?
    New design templates, animations and transitions. There are more than 100 new design templates.
    Animation and Transitions Experiment with new 3D transitions and custom animations.
    Presenter Tools. PowerPoint 2004 Presenter Tools have an on-screen clock, notes pane and thumbnails of the entire presentation -- all viewable only by the presenter.
    Font formatting improvements. This feature now includes transparency and sliding size control, giving users more power over their presentations.
    Three-Column View. This situates the reading pane to the right of the e-mail list, allowing users to view up to 40 percent more of the message on screen.
    Improved setup. Entourage now automatically detects the server information and can import from Mail.app.