Originally Posted by chatoyer
I had the iwork demo installed for all of 10 minutes. Once I realised that it couldn't open a simple Excel spreadsheet that I use for our household budget (and have used for years),
How can it be it can't import a simple
Excel spreadsheet when they have Office 2007 import announced?
Did you make any attempt to solve the problem? Save in a different Excel format perhaps, and re-import? Looking at precisely what this 1.0, $26 app can't import?
everything was uninstalled.
... guess not, and then you gave up on two mature apps without even looking. Can I assume if Powerpoint 2008 gives you a hiccup, you'll uninstall Excel and Word immediately?
Thanks, but I'll stick with the power of Excel, Powerpoint (although Keynote is nice) and Word (and thus be able to share without converting).
.. because you must put up with whatever Excel comes with?
iWork is for those who are relatively isolated from other users (or Windows users), although I still struggle to figure out what the average family of four, who could use Pages to do letters and Numbers to track their budget, would use Keynote for?
I'm used to mostly releasing stuff in plaintext, PDF, HTML or printed form, because that's the intelligent and polite thing to do. What we use inside a project team, plaintext, RTF, LaTeX, Word, etc. doesn't matter to the outside. If iWork had zero compatibility with Office, a full department could be using iWork and none would be the wiser, except they'd probably come up with nicer documents. But I think iWork actually has pretty good compatibility.
So iWork isn't just for isolated families. It's also for institutions and businesses whose data handling culture is not stuck in the late 90's.