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iWork '09 intros multitude of changes

updated 01:30 pm EST, Tue January 6, 2009

iWork '09 at MW09

Complementing its iLife '09 debut, Apple has announced iWork '09, an upgraded productivity suite. The suite's presentation app, Keynote '09, has been enhanced with a new Magic Move feature, which lets users pick the start- and endpoints of objects, and in turn generate transitions automatically; some new transitions include text types such as swings and shimmering, and chart types like slides and rotations. New themes have been added, and users can now manage Keynote presentations from an iPhone or iPod touch. The Keynote Remote app is selling for 99 cents at the App Store.

Pages '09 has been improved with a full-screen view that removes distractions, and a dynamic outline component, which lets users tweak graphics and font sizes in addition to the overall structure of a document. Users can perform mail merges incorporating Numbers and Address Book data, and the software is also being bundled with 40 new templates as well as MathType and EndNote support.

Lastly, Numbers '09 has been upgraded with table categories, more complex chart options (such as mixed types), and easier formula writing, which lets users search for functions and paste them in. Charts can be crosslinked with Pages documents for automatic updating, and a collection of chart templates are now provided by default.

The iWork '09 suite is now shipping through the online Apple Store at a standard cost of $79 for individuals, or $99 for families. The software is being discounted to $49 with the purchase of a new Mac.

Apple is also introducing a new Mac Box Set for $169 that includes Mac OS X Leopard, iLife '09 and iWork '09 in one package.

[Photos courtesy of ArsTechnica]

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    99 cents?

    Really, Apple? You couldn't just give it away free?

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The remote app certainly should be a freebie. Still it's another wicked cool feature for your iPod.

    Can't wait to get my hands on it.

  1. MikeD

    Joined: Dec 1969



    After all, we all do need to buy iWork anyway to use it in the first place. Perhaps included in the install.

    Would the remote work if you were presenting in a place w/o wifi? ie: will it / would it work through bluetooth?

    I guess I'd have to see it's functionalities first to see if it's worth it over my Kensington presenter slimblade bluetooth mouse.

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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Y A W N !!!!

    Phil spends an HOUR talking about iLife to fill in the time since there was really NOTHING groundbreaking to report. New 17" MBP? Big deal, that was a no-brainer.

    NO new iMacs, NO NEW Mac Mini (that is a complete insult), no new displays.

    Yet ANOTHER u n d e r w h e l m i n g MacWorld. Instead of going out with a BANG for their last MacWorld, they go out with a WHIMPER.

    At least it was funny to see the MacRumors liveblog get HACKED by Windows folks. That was the ONLY highlight of the keynote.

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: 99 cents?

    Really, Apple? You couldn't just give it away free?

    It's probably for some accounting reason, you know apple is turning into a company of accountants...

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969


    99c = cheapo

    iTunes remote for iPhone is free, 0.99 for keynote remote is cheapass.

    No new mini? Weaksauce.

    No wonder teh Steev didn't bother to show up.

    Still, that new combo deal looks interesting, especially if I get teh sweet corporate discount on it.. And with the extra Leopard license, I can stick the Apple label on a clone and install via EFI-X..

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Possible reason...

    ...that it's $0.99 and not free.

    The Remote is for iTunes, and to a lesser extent AppleTV. However, Keynote is retail software and there could be some far-out accounting principle that requires them to charge for anything 'extra' out of the box.

    Remember the $1.99 802.11n Enabler for the Macbooks? Same thing I guess.

  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969


    About time...

    What are you complaining about folks? This keynote is EXACTLY why Apple is pulling out of Macworld. They can't stay on Macworld's schedule for product development.

    Apple has already shown with it'd development of Snow Leopard that they are at a maturing point where they will no longer try to pull a rabbit out of a hat but slow down and make their products better.

    They have nothing else to shock people with so soon between intervals of product updates. I'm glad to see Apple becoming more "serious" and make sure they have a solid product line rather than coast on the WOW factor.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: possible reason

    Well, they could just say its part of the cost of Keynote, since you have to have the latest keynote to use it.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Keynote. New coolness, ol

    As a professional lecturer, I immediately downloaded the new trial Keynote version. I use Keynote to the hilt and the new additions seem interesting and useful. But dear oh dear Apple. Please fix glaring problems at least between full versions. Try an object action build which you rotate. Fine. Now add a reflection... The reflection rotates around the object as IT rotates, which is plain rubbish. This error is brought over to the "magic move" transformation too... Still, I expect to be using this version from now on, given that it soars above anything that Powerpoint has to offer. I still get that pleasant feeling as I see my students' eyes pop when they see my presentations...

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