FWIW, this is the Mac equivalent of Natan's Windows Wisdom post, "Word vs WordPerfect for Larger Academic Papers" at https://www.accordan...cademic-papers/
Some may know I recently switched to Mac and I've been working through word processing issues, in preparation for typing very large files, in the thousands and thousands of pages. I've tried everything except Nissus. Not that I have anything against it, I just can't afford the time and money for everything. I'm surprised to report that I find Word for Mac 2016 to be the most stable and efficient processor for these long documents, presently approaching 2500 pages.
I know about the Hebrew problems with previous Word for Mac versions. So I have to say I picked the most opportune time to switch - the new version of Word in Mac works as well as the ones I used in Windows, which solved Hebrew and rtl problems in 2003.
At first I was annoyed by Word 2016 because it didn't recognize the Ezra SIL kbd as a Hebrew or rtl one. I solved that with Ukelele - I imported the Hebrew QWERTY kbd and modified it to the SIL one. Now it works perfectly, and even acts like Mellel Hebrew with rt justification - the cursor goes rtl in Word in Hebrew keyboards, wraps correctly, and the Mac keyboard shortcut to return to the previous keyboard works in Word. You can also easily switch fonts with one click macros in Word. Cut and paste of Unicode or any font works perfectly. And the huge files, if you convert or save them as .docx, load quickly and edit like small files do.
I have to say I experienced typing lag in version 15.29, so I loaded 15.31 today via the Insider Program, and that is fixed.
I know that on another post Dr. Holmstedt said he preferred Libre Office, but I've experienced a few glitches with it, including toolbar items disappearing after switching between Hebrew and English fonts, and alignment issues - having to pick the opposite to get what you want, picking left for right alignment and vice versa. This is ok if you stay in LO, but not ok if you convert to a Word or rtf document. I also know others prefer Mellel or Nissus. I have Mellel, but I find it more cumbersome to use than Word, because Word is already familiar to me.
Everything cuts and pastes into Word perfectly, with the exception of Acc, but there are two workarounds - Paste Special . . . as RTF, or copying and pasting from Acc Notes. And, I'm sure these workarounds won't be needed for long.
When it comes to citations, I've always done what Dr. Holmstedt switched to, I just copy and paste from a long running file - I just write these once and cut and paste. To me it's just as fast as learning another program. Besides, I find Scrivener just as useful for filing pdfs and citations, and I am moving towards Scrivener for future citation needs.
Anyways, its fwiw, but I'm surprised at how well Word works. So Word might be worth another look now that Hebrew works well in it.