It adds extensive functionality for a more enjoyable computing experience. Users will appreciate the ease of Quick Look, the versatility of Stacks, the data protection provided by Time Machine, and greatly enhanced accessibility features. These applications give you the creative tools necessary to get the most out of your Mac: Organize, edit, and share photos with iPhoto. Create home movies with iMovie, and share them with family and friends with iDVD.
GarageBand allows aspiring Mozarts to create innovative musical compositions. The suite includes a word processor Pages , spreadsheet Numbers , and a presentation application Keynote.
It is fully compatible with files created with Microsoft Office, and can export documents into Office file formats.
Currently more users worldwide use OpenOffice. Despite its shortcomings, Pages is easy to use. The user has a greater sense of "control" over what is happening on the screen than is sometimes the case with Word, especially with format changes. Formatting is much easier than with Word. Pages continues to lack, however, several basic functions.
I am sure that there are other shortcomings that annoy other users, but here is my list. Instead, you must break the document into separate files. Numbers I remain puzzled by Apple's apparent refusal to invest the relatively slight effort needed to make this application better than Excel.
The tables-based structure of Numbers makes it much easier to use than Excel. It produces better looking spreadsheets. The Keynote Remote application, sold separately in the App Store, lets you view slides and presenter notes and control your presentation with your iPhone TM or iPod R touch. Pages '09 Full Screen view lets you focus on your document without any distractions and reveals the menus, format bar and page navigator only when needed. Outline mode includes templates that help to quickly build the framework for your document and allow you to collapse, expand and rearrange elements, even inline graphics, with ease.
MathType 6 support lets engineers, mathematicians and students easily add sophisticated equations to their documents and EndNote X2 integration lets users add and edit comprehensive bibliographic references. Pages '09 also includes 40 new Apple-designed templates, including newsletters, posters, certificates and coordinated stationery.
Numbers '09 provides a great way to quickly categorize data by column, which you can then collapse, expand and summarize to easily make sense of large sets of data. Numbers '09 makes formula writing dramatically easier with an enhanced function browser which includes built-in help for over functions, and visual placeholders with tool tips that explain each variable in a formula.
Use the new Formula List to view all formulas in your entire spreadsheet and jump directly to any formula cell with a single click. Expanded chart options include mixed chart types, two-axis charts, and the ability to apply trend lines and error bars.
Numbers charts pasted into Pages or Keynote are linked, and can be updated with a single click. Apple also introduced iWork. Using your Apple ID, just click the iWork. Viewers can provide comments and notes, and download a copy of your document in iWork, Microsoft Office or PDF formats. A consolidated online list of all your shared documents indicates when your viewers have posted comments.
Account setup and activation are required. Fees may apply. Internet access and iWork '09 are required. Terms of service apply and are available at http: Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the s with the Macintosh.
Apple iWork 09 Clark Summary This review was originally posted on VersionTracker. Don't be fooled. This is not a truly new version of the iWork suite. Although it continues the strengths of iWork , especially in Keynote, Apple has not addressed many of the weaknesses that prevent iWork from being a serious office suite suitable for business. If you want to save your money and skip this upgrade, you will not miss much.
All three applications deliver some improvements in terms of functionality, integration, and ease of use. Some of the improvements will be pleasant surprises, but I haven't found any breakthrough "must have" new features. Pages and Numbers continue to be disappointing. Apple has not addressed some very basic weaknesses that prevent the two otherwise attractive applications from replacing Microsoft Office in most businesses that, like mine, produce a lot of documents and spreadsheets.
Global strengths: Although Numbers and Pages do not have the functionality of Excel and Word, they are easier to learn and easier to use. As an experienced user of both suites, I find that I can create a document much faster in the iWork suite than using Microsoft Office. On my basic MacBook, at least, the iWork applications run noticeably faster. Global weaknesses: The Help function remains vague for all three applications.
The search function is inaccurate and the information, if you find it, is very basic. For organizations that use iWork 08, this is a significant disincentive to upgrade. Files tend to be much larger than those produced by their counterparts in Microsoft Office.
Currently more users worldwide use OpenOffice. Despite its shortcomings, Pages is easy to use. The user has a greater sense of "control" over what is happening on the screen than is sometimes the case with Word, especially with format changes.
Formatting is much easier than with Word. Pages continues to lack, however, several basic functions. I am sure that there are other shortcomings that annoy other users, but here is my list.
Instead, you must break the document into separate files. Numbers I remain puzzled by Apple's apparent refusal to invest the relatively slight effort needed to make this application better than Excel.
The tables-based structure of Numbers makes it much easier to use than Excel. It produces better looking spreadsheets. However, there are at least two weaknesses that keep it from being the first choice for individuals and businesses who need spreadsheets that not only look pretty but also do "industrial strength" data analysis.
Keynote Keynote remains vastly superior to Powerpoint. I have to give iWork 09 a positive review, but there still are some curious weaknesses that prevent the suite from reaching its full potential.