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iWork biggest Apple announcement from MWSF?

updated 07:25 am EST, Tue January 18, 2005

Closer look at iWork debut

Apple's new iWork suite may be its from last week's Macworld Expo, according to The Washington Times. "The biggest news from Apple Computer last week might not be the $99 IPod Shuffle or the $499 Mac Mini. The big news might well be a $79 software package that received somewhat less attention: IWork combines Apple's already-sound Keynote presentation software (now called Keynote 2) with a new word processor/document publisher called Pages. Oh, and did I mention the $79 retail price tag for both, 20 percent less than Keynote alone originally cost two years ago?" While the application may not represent a credible threat to Microsoft's Office suite for the Mac, the article notes that iWork may be "good enough" to put some pressure on Microsoft among the extremely budget-conscious.




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  1. Detrius

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Of Course

    I know I'm going to buy a copy... that and two iPod Shuffles as the budget will eventually permit.

  1. Thain Esh Kelch

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    No....

    Pages aint that special. It doesnt have many features, and Word is running around it. When we get a spreadsheet, and Pages reach v3.0, then maybe.

    At this point, definately mac mini!

  1. Mibrilane

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    well, for the home market

    Pages is indeed a good thing - it does most word processing that a home user would want (or need) to do and doesn't cost $400. This package is not really a Microsoft Office replacement for business use, but a "low end" word processor with solid iLife integration and then Keynote. $79 is cheap for either app - so it is a good buy even if you don't want (or need) the other app in the package.

  1. Guntis

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Keynote is really good!

    Keynote 1.0 was good, but was lacking several features which PowerPoint had. Now Kynote 2 has almost all of them, plus so many other features PowerPoint can just dream about! I have ordered iWork and after 3 weeks I'll get it. Happy me!

  1. tdellos

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Publisher

    I dunno, but it seems to me like Pages fills in a lot of holes in Word that are filled in by Publisher in Office for Windows. I know a lot of people who love Office for Mac but still use a Windows machine or Virtual PC to run Publisher.

    I think that Pages will let people do nice business/small organization oriented documents (like newsletters, flyers, etc.) that look great, and are easy to update. If it does these tasks well, Pages will make Publisher unnecessary.

  1. Chris Hutcheson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Keynote

    I've been using Keynote since it came out - when I don't have to use Powerpoint - and like it a lot. Simple to build presentations, and they look good. Main area that needs to improve for me would be the ability to create templates - it's a lot easier to do this in Powerpoint.

  1. MacBubba

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Spreadsheet?

    I would have to agree with the comments on the lack of a spreadsheet application. iWork needs one to be a true productivity suite and it needs to be able to import and export to Excel.

  1. mh0ffmann

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Right on...

    iWork hits the proverbial sweet spot. Even for HEAVY Office users such as myself, working in a Windows-centric environment, I find myself using Keynote 1.1 more and more, and will undoubtedly move to 2.0 as soon as I get my hands on iWork. Maybe Pages will make me move away from Word as well.

    As for Excel, it's unbeatable. I don't want or need an Apple spreadsheet. So long as I can cut and paste info from Excel into/out of iWork, I've got all I need.

  1. automorrow

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iFile ...

    ..to solve the lack of a spreadsheet in iWork , why dont the add a Filemaker "Lite" to the package .. which seems to be a natural

  1. PubGuy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iWork NOT DONE YET...

    Please Note: Steve Jobs said "...Apple is BUILDING a replacement for AppleWorks..." Building means that they are not done. They now have a presenation componet and a word processing/layout component. Speadsheet is rumored to be on the way. As been said before, this is not meant to go head-to-head with Office, it's meant as a quality replacement for AppleWorks when all the components are complete. If it doesn't contain the power features you expect or need that Office has, then I guess you'll have to use Office, OpenOffice or whatever. But, iWork is basically an 80% solution ... satisfying 80% of the user's.

    Personally, I will end up using both products. For heavier work that I need to be totally cross-platform compatible, I'll use Office. Howver, for the majority of the stuff I need to do day-to-day, I'll use iWork. I'm sure as time goes by I'll use Office less and less. YMMV.

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