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Free trials of the iWork suite and Aperture are no longer available for download on Apple's website, as customers are now directed to view the software on the Mac App Store.

The trial versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote '09 can no longer be downloaded from Apple as of Monday, and the same goes for Aperture 3. Their removal was first noted on Monday by MacStories.

Users browsing Apple's website are asked to view the software on the Mac App Store. However, there is no free trial of any of the four applications available on the Mac App Store.

"The trial version of iWork is no longer supported," Apple's website now reads. "But you can easily purchase Keynote, Pages, and Numbers from the Mac App Store to start creating beautiful presentations, documents, and spreadsheets today."

The notice for those searching for the Aperture 3 free trial states: "If you currently have a copy of the Aperture 3 Trial installed on your Mac, you must delete it from your Applications folder before downloading Aperture 3 from the Mac App Store."




Each of the applications found in the iWork suite — Pages, Keynote and Numbers — can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $19.99 each. Aperture 3 is also available for $79.99.

Apple's new move away from free trials of its paid software comes as the company has discontinued essentially all of its boxed retail software. The company's transition away from physical media has been spurred by the success of devices like the iPad and MacBook Air, which have minimal inputs and lack spinning disc drives.

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Hoping for iWork 12 and Aperture 4 please!
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Hoping for iWork 12 and Aperture 4 please!

I don't see the latter until at least next year. Probably late.

And at this point, I don't see iWork '13 until, well next year

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I don't see the latter until at least next year. Probably late.

And at this point, I don't see iWork '13 until, well next year


iWork X and the improvements coming to iCloud in Mountain Lion should get along like Peanut Butter and Jelly.

Aperture 4 could be a ways off judging from the avg time between major versions historically.
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I guess the free trials technically aren't necessary anymore since the apps are much less expensive now that they're downloadable on the Mac App Store. Remember the days when Final Cut Studio was $1300? Or Aperture at $300? For some, the lack of a trial may hurt but overall Apple does make excellent software that is now at a more affordable price.
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Trials are important. Lets say customer A wants to buy a new software for handling his photos. He/she will probably download trials and check which one is more suitable to his/er needs before buying. Specifically for Aperture, which has direct competition.

Now, without the trial, that same person might just go for the other option with the trial and end up liking it, without actually trying the other software.

I particularly did exactly that. Without the trial though, I wonder if my choice would have been different.
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I guess the free trials technically aren't necessary anymore since the apps are much less expensive now that they're downloadable on the Mac App Store. Remember the days when Final Cut Studio was $1300? Or Aperture at $300? For some, the lack of a trial may hurt but overall Apple does make excellent software that is now at a more affordable price.

Either that, or the App Store is going to soon have free trials. Maybe even paid upgrades so we don't have a zillion pieces of AbandonWare as companies can't afford to update things anymore.
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Good. If you don't have enough confidence in Apple to buy their software without a demo, you shouldn't be using a mac in the first place!

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iWork X and the improvements coming to iCloud in Mountain Lion should get along like Peanut Butter and Jelly.

Aperture 4 could be a ways off judging from the avg time between major versions historically.

I don't agree. Aperture 3 came out in early 2010 - 2.5 years ago. Previous major releases have happened in less time and more time. We're in the ballpark for another major release of Aperture.

As for iWork, they're desperately in need of updates for the same iCloud support that exists in their iOS counterparts.
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One does hope the Mac App Store soon includes the option to demo an app.

This could be done in two ways, either a 'XX-day trial' (like normal demos), or they could use something like 'XX-hours of app use'.
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Good. If you don't have enough confidence in Apple to buy their software without a demo, you shouldn't be using a mac in the first place!

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This statement could not be said about Final Cut Pro X
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I don't agree. Aperture 3 came out in early 2010 - 2.5 years ago. Previous major releases have happened in less time and more time. We're in the ballpark for another major release of Aperture.

As for iWork, they're desperately in need of updates for the same iCloud support that exists in their iOS counterparts.

Oops my bad! I thought I saw 2011. Yup it's time for Aperture 4. I'm kind of guessing that Mountain Lion will becomes Apple's Big Bang for cloud infrastructure. I can't wait because i'm tired of Wifi or tethered sync.
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Amazing we're still at iWork 09. There remain significant deficiencies in these apps, especially the ability to synch with other devices/computers, quicktime in Keynote, etc.

I hope Apple hasn't made the iWork Suite the poor child of their software portfolio.
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I hope Apple hasn't made the iWork Suite the poor child of their software portfolio.

That place is permanently reserved for Final Cut Pro X. I better not need a sarcasm tag.

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This statement could not be said about Final Cut Pro X

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That place is permanently reserved for Final Cut Pro X. I better not need a sarcasm tag.

I'm not a Final Cut Pro X user, yet I realized there were some major issue in the initial release. Correct me if I'm wrong, Apple has released some major updates as time has passed. Certainly one could say there has been a lot more love given to Final Cut than there has been to iWork '09.
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That place is permanently reserved for Final Cut Pro X. I better not need a sarcasm tag.

Not if there is any truth to this story.
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Not if there is any truth to this story.

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I tried to get them to provide hints on upcoming hardware, but no hints were provided.

AWW and I'm sure he was SO CLOSE, too.

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I'm not a Final Cut Pro X user, yet I realized there were some major issue in the initial release. Correct me if I'm wrong, Apple has released some major updates as time has passed. Certainly one could say there has been a lot more love given to Final Cut than there has been to iWork '09.

Yes they have made some updates but it's not nearly where Final Cut 7 was. I won't let my editor touch Final Cut Pro X until it has all of the missing features.
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Yes they have made some updates but it's not nearly where Final Cut 7 was.

So what's still missing?

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Trials are important. Lets say customer A wants to buy a new software for handling his photos. He/she will probably download trials and check which one is more suitable to his/er needs before buying. Specifically for Aperture, which has direct competition.

Now, without the trial, that same person might just go for the other option with the trial and end up liking it, without actually trying the other software.

I particularly did exactly that. Without the trial though, I wonder if my choice would have been different.

Actually given many studies the world over it seem that most people will not go beyond the software that came with their machines. This evidence was what actually got Microsoft in trouble back in the 90's.

Of course these studies were based on Windows users and Mac users have been found to be more intelligent (well we do use Macs) so their willingness to experiment is more likely I guess so yes you may be right.
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Yes they have made some updates but it's not nearly where Final Cut 7 was. I won't let my editor touch Final Cut Pro X until it has all of the missing features.

I can understand waiting for Apple to include feature that you specifically used but "all of the missing features" seems demanding and restrictive.

Have you converted to another companies products? Why or why not?

I believe Apple missed the lowest common denominator for Final Cut Pro X but has made tremendous effort correcting the perceived (and mostly real) issues. I believe Apple will continue to improve Final Cut Pro X because content creation is so vital to their current business model. I certainly believe that Apple wouldn't be as successful if they didn't provide the best content and content creation across their product lines.
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One does hope the Mac App Store soon includes the option to demo an app.

This could be done in two ways, either a 'XX-day trial' (like normal demos), or they could use something like 'XX-hours of app use'.

The last time I tried the Pages and Numbers demos, my Word and Excel documents didn't translate well. I won't be buying either Pages or Numbers without trying them out extensively. No trial versions means no sale.
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Apple has found the value in the cheap-but-hard-to-return application.

For example there's probably dozens of apps I bought on the app store I no longer use and would like to return, but its next to impossible to do so. Apple does have a support method to do it, and I used it, with no reply at all to the request. Like they even bother to read requests at all?

Its much more profitable to sucker lots of people into buying things cheap then make a really quality app that takes some thought to decide over. Apple doesn't want you to decide, they want you to hit that "buy" button. Then they've got you by the balls, and shame on you if you don't like the app for some reason.
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Apple has found the value in the cheap-but-hard-to-return application.

For example there's probably dozens of apps I bought on the app store I no longer use and would like to return, but its next to impossible to do so. Apple does have a support method to do it, and I used it, with no reply at all to the request. Like they even bother to read requests at all?

Its much more profitable to sucker lots of people into buying things cheap then make a really quality app that takes some thought to decide over. Apple doesn't want you to decide, they want you to hit that "buy" button. Then they've got you by the balls, and shame on you if you don't like the app for some reason.


Seriously, have you ever tried to return apps you bought?

I tried some, and all my requests havve been accepted by Apple very quickly, with satisfaction.

In some cases, I simply told them "I don't like this game." or "An iPad version of this game came out so I don't need this iPhone version anymore. I will buy an iPad version."

And Apple support team did not admonish me, instead they refunded my money with pleasure.

This story not only goes for 3rd pary developed apps, but also goes for Apple's own apps too.

I purchased OS X Lion from Mac App Store, and a month later, Apple released USB thumbdrive version of Lion.

So I told Apple support team that I would like to buy USB drive so I want to return Lion from MAS.

Guess what. They refunded my money without any complaint!

So, say that again, "cheap-but-hard-to-return" apps? Oh, I disagree. Box software is much harder to return; Resellers are reluctant to refund as they say "the box is open," "you used it," or "serial number is leaked so we can't sell it to others."
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This is Very not good, because i have purchased iWork kit by the boxed version with the activation key from Amazon - without the disc.
The free trial versions was the ONLY ONE WAY to activate purchased software from Apple. Especially when i've made clean install of whole OS - i needed to download iWork free trial every time - to install it and activate. And because Apple now making every 2 year a new update of OS - i'll need now to search for this free trial file of iWork. I paid $50 bucks for it and i'm not intended to pay again for what i've purchased already.

Umm... it sounds like you made a terrible decision to begin with by purchasing software without any way to install it, right? Depending on Apple's free trial sounds a lot more like Amazon's fault, and I wonder if this is even a legit sale.

Well, hopefully iWork 12 comes out soon and your plight is moot.
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Seriously, have you ever tried to return apps you bought?

I tried some, and all my requests havve been accepted by Apple very quickly, with satisfaction.

In some cases, I simply told them "I don't like this game." or "An iPad version of this game came out so I don't need this iPhone version anymore. I will buy an iPad version."

And Apple support team did not admonish me, instead they refunded my money with pleasure.

Well then you have had better luck then me. Apple has never refunded me for any app purchase. Not one.
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I don't see the latter until at least next year. Probably late.

And at this point, I don't see iWork '13 until, well next year

Please oh wise one tell use why Aperture won't come until next year when Aperture has been on a two year release cycle. In case you missed it, many pro users are deciding to dump Aperture and go with LR because of Apple's late delivery.
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Please oh wise one tell use why Aperture won't come until next year when Aperture has been on a two year release cycle.

Get over yourself.

I don't figure we'll see a new Aperture for a while because all Apple software is being held up by the Mac App Store's inability to parse and charge for updates to software.

Apple doesn't want to have two applications with the same name show up in users' "Purchased" tab, as that gets confusing.

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In case you missed it, many pro users are deciding to dump Aperture and go with LR because of Apple's late delivery.

If they were going to dump it, they weren't going to keep it at all, anyway.

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Hoping for iWork 12 and Aperture 4 please!

You are more likely to see iWork lose the year and Aperture lose the number than actual overhauls. Especially with iWork because really what can they do to do a total overhaul in the UI. Seems like not much if anything. it's all under the hood stuff at this point. Like the iCloud integration. Which isn't really worth a new number. And by dropping that they could highlight that since it is basically the same program, these updates are free rather than in years past when you had to buy a whole new copy of the software. Particularly with iWork and iLife because they didn't do the whole half price 'upgrade' option like they did with the pro apps (but are likely cutting also)

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I guess the free trials technically aren't necessary anymore since the apps are much less expensive now that they're downloadable on the Mac App Store. Remember the days when Final Cut Studio was $1300? Or Aperture at $300? For some, the lack of a trial may hurt but overall Apple does make excellent software that is now at a more affordable price.

With the growth of their stores and the addition of places like Best Buy, Walmart etc it seems like there's plenty of spots for folks to go in and try the software on Apple's demo machines. At least enough to know if you are going to hate it.

And really how many companies these days offer trials. Over all it seems to be going the way of the dodo for the major companies.

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Get over yourself.

I don't figure we'll see a new Aperture for a while because all Apple software is being held up by the Mac App Store's inability to parse and charge for updates to software.

Apple doesn't want to have two applications with the same name show up in users' "Purchased" tab, as that gets confusing.

I guess you missed the update to FCP and the other pro apps. Too busy pontificating I guess.

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If they were going to dump it, they weren't going to keep it at all, anyway.

Again a random non-sequitor. At least you consistent in your inability to understand or appreciate photographers and their tools. Stick to wild, random statements and leave the shooter stuff to those that know.
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I guess you missed the update to FCP and the other pro apps.

Hey, that's my line

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Again a random non-sequitor. At least you consistent in your inability to understand or appreciate photographers and their tools. Stick to wild, random statements and leave the shooter stuff to those that know.

Fine, if you choose not to understand, I'll expound.

If these "professionals" are so loosely tied to their software that they're okay with completely rebuilding their libraries every time a new update "doesn't come out" between Aperture and Lightroom then I question their dedication to the content.

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Hey, that's my line…



Fine, if you choose not to understand, I'll expound.

If these "professionals" are so loosely tied to their software that they're okay with completely rebuilding their libraries every time a new update "doesn't come out" between Aperture and Lightroom then I question their dedication to the content.

I'll further explain as you didn't seem to get it the first time. No worries though, I am here to help.

You see, Adobe (love them or hate them) has been very reliable in releasing upgrades to LR. So much so that pros who use Aperture are simply willing to STOP using Aperture NOW, and SWITCH to LR for their future workflows. Again, Adobe has listened to the pros as well and hi-end amateurs who have requested such features as lens correction, brushes, etc... while Aperture is currently years behind. So to sum up and clarify, Pros will STOP and SWITCH because at least Adobe will continue to upgrade their pro apps within a decent amount of time. Clear enough now?

P.S. I have no idea what you know about photography in general but you clearly seem to be lost when it comes to post processing apps and workflow management, but that's okay. I guess you're busy.
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This is Very not good, because i have purchased iWork kit by the boxed version with the activation key from Amazon - without the disc.
The free trial versions was the ONLY ONE WAY to activate purchased software from Apple. Especially when i've made clean install of whole OS - i needed to download iWork free trial every time - to install it and activate. And because Apple now making every 2 year a new update of OS - i'll need now to search for this free trial file of iWork. I paid $50 bucks for it and i'm not intended to pay again for what i've purchased already.

You can't download it from your "digital locker" on Amazon?
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Good. If you don't have enough confidence in Apple to buy their software without a demo, you shouldn't be using a mac in the first place!

/Am I doing it right?

what a stupid, fanboy, comment.
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This is Very not good, because i have purchased iWork kit by the boxed version with the activation key from Amazon - without the disc.
The free trial versions was the ONLY ONE WAY to activate purchased software from Apple. Especially when i've made clean install of whole OS - i needed to download iWork free trial every time - to install it and activate. And because Apple now making every 2 year a new update of OS - i'll need now to search for this free trial file of iWork. I paid $50 bucks for it and i'm not intended to pay again for what i've purchased already.

 

 

Normally I wouldn't recommend this but you could always download iWork via a torrent. In my opinion, as long as you actually purchased the program this is a perfectly good use of a torrent. 

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