Apple's iWork '11 suite tracking for release alongside Mac App Store

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  • Reply 41 of 116
    pmzpmz Posts: 3,433member
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    Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post


    They need to spend some time updating the iOS version of these apps first. Apple released the iPad with beta-quality versions of these apps, the only update they have had restores *basic* functionality only.



    How about making a version of Pages for iPad that can actually be used for serious work? Anything more than a very casual edit of a stray document once in a while is completely out of reach at this point.



    How about the capability to edit styles or create them? How about the ability to simply change the colour or font of the text in a document without going through ten swipes and pokes? Word counts? Section breaks? How about the ability to do almost anything besides very basic typing, on documents that all had to be created on other platforms in the first place? Pages (and the other iOS apps), are okay in a pinch, but when are they thinking of making them work like proper applications?



    Bla bla bla, purely your opinion and wrong at that.
  • Reply 42 of 116
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    Out of curiosity, how does a cell span a page?



    Currently if a cell goes over the end of a page, Pages moves the entire cell to the next page. As far as I know there is no way of splitting the cell. If a single cell gets bigger than an entire page, you simply lose the text at the bottom. This pretty much rules out Pages for things like specifications or issue lists where you have tables of items where one cell in each row has a lot of text in.



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    Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss View Post


    What do you mean by proper numbering?



    I meant section numbering. While it's possible to do it to a degree with the List Styles, it's not flexible enough to do section numbering for a full business document with nested, numbered sections. (Having said that, the section numbering is one of the most frustrating should-have-been-fixed-years-ago parts of Word - but you can do it if you're careful.)



    That reminds me that versioning isn't available in Pages. It's a feature I feel I can work around, but is probably a deal breaker for a lot of businesses.



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    Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss View Post


    The most common complaint I've heard about Pages from Word jocks is the lack of a formula editor,



    I guess - though Word is hardly the best way to go if your work is formula-based.



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    An inability to mix footnotes and endnotes.



    Interesting. That seems quite an advanced feature relative to other missing things.
  • Reply 43 of 116
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    Originally Posted by delany View Post


    Currently if a cell goes over the end of a page, Pages moves the entire cell to the next page. As far as I know there is no way of splitting the cell. If a single cell gets bigger than an entire page, you simply lose the text at the bottom. This pretty much rules out Pages for things like specifications or issue lists where you have tables of items where one cell in each row has a lot of text in.



    I see what you mean. I wonder if using text box objects isn't a possible solution.



    Quote:

    I meant section numbering. While it's possible to do it to a degree with the List Styles, it's not flexible enough to do section numbering for a full business document with nested, numbered sections. (Having said that, the section numbering is one of the most frustrating should-have-been-fixed-years-ago parts of Word - but you can do it if you're careful.)



    That reminds me that versioning isn't available in Pages. It's a feature I feel I can work around, but is probably a deal breaker for a lot of businesses.



    I think this can work in Pages, but I can't say I've tried too hard. Auto-numbering even in its simplest form has always seemed fragile to me, and requires constant vigilance to make sure that the numbering remains accurate (a single line with the wrong style assigned can screw it up). If I have to go back and check everything anyway, I'd just as soon do it manually.



    While I'm at it, I think Apple's implementation of tables of contents needs some work. The biggest problem is that the TOC doesn't update until you click on it. That's an easy thing to miss. A potential gotcha.



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    I guess - though Word is hardly the best way to go if your work is formula-based.



    Interesting. That seems quite an advanced feature relative to other missing things.



    I also think these are both advanced features, which while I grant they might be important to a small subset of users, isn't a good reason for most people to rule out using Pages. The largest real barrier to switching over is getting used to Apple's very different approach. I think it's a breath of fresh air, but it makes some people feel insecure.
  • Reply 44 of 116
    29922992 Posts: 202member
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    Originally Posted by christopher126 View Post




    PSS. What do you guys and gals think? 2992, allblue, applestockholder, Asmodai, diddy, fh-ace, Gamrin, Goldenclaw, Jsyedinak, kube, Londor, ollebolle, Prof. Peabody, RPT, sflocal, sgginc, skeedadell, Tallest Skil, Touche, tzb



    I have both iWork and Office. I was using iWork more often for basic docs and excel files due to its speed versus Office, but Office is just better.

    So... considering Office 2011 is as fast as iWork, then unfortunately iWork is still having no chance in front of Office. Well, not yet.
  • Reply 45 of 116
    29922992 Posts: 202member
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    Originally Posted by P in Mpls View Post


    Try Office 2004; There hasn't been more than a handful of useful new features in the last 3 releases of office - combined.



    Still, I'm waiting, too. iWork 09 was OK, but not quite there yet in a few key areas, so I still can't dump office completely...



    For me, it's all about their speed for now. Office 2011 is now fast enough versus '04 or '08.
  • Reply 46 of 116
    29922992 Posts: 202member
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    Originally Posted by cliphord View Post


    I was holding out to buy iWork when the Mac App Store came out, so I could get it without having to buy Numbers too. Now I'm even happier if they're also releasing an update. Awesome.



    My opinion on iWork vs. Office...



    Word > Pages



    Excel >>>>> Numbers



    PowerPoint <<<<< Keynote



    I think anyone who tells you Pages is better than Word just doesn't use a lot of the features of Word. Yes, Word is incredibly convoluted and cluttered, but it's more than just a word processor. Pages stays truer to what a word processor is supposed to be, though.



    Excel is about as important as oxygen to breath in my workplace.



    PowerPoint makes everything look like a middle school book report compared to Keynote.



    Exactly! Well said!
  • Reply 47 of 116
    The current version, iWork '09, was released in January of 2009 and sells for $79 as a standalone product, or $49 with the purchase of any Mac. It was introduced alongside iWork.com, Apple's online document sharing service.[/QUOTE]



    OpenOffice $0.00 FREE FREE FREEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! Openoffice.org. Download for free. If it doesnt suit your needs, no loss.
  • Reply 48 of 116
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    Originally Posted by smartin684 View Post


    OpenOffice $0.00 FREE FREE FREEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!! Openoffice.org. Download for free. If it doesnt suit your needs, no loss.



    Or, you know, I'll keep iWork and not have to learn a new interface, deal with incompatible documents, and make stuff that looks good.
  • Reply 49 of 116
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,837member
    Is it possible iWork '11 is being held back to include Bento 4? Bento 3 has currently been out for more than a year.



    One problem though: It's not a real business class application. Not like Pages and Keynote anyway.



    If they added new Bento and iWeb apps to the suite, that would be incredible for SOHO Mac offices.
  • Reply 50 of 116
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    Originally Posted by Frank777 View Post


    Is it possible iWork '11 is being held back to include Bento 4? Bento 3 has currently been out for more than a year.



    One problem though: It's not a real business class application. Not like Pages and Keynote anyway.



    If they added new Bento and iWeb apps to the suite, that would be incredible for SOHO Mac offices.



    Bento is a rubbish app, and it's not even an Apple app anyway, it's owned by FileMaker (no need to explain that FM is an offshoot company from Apple).



    I'd say Numbers is the iWork app that needs the most work. It's difficult, slow and very limited compared to Excel. Considering that Excel is by far the best Office app, I'd say Apple has a lot of catching up to do here.



    I submitted no fewer than half a dozen suggestions and feature requests about Numbers, and I know someone else who's done the same with completely different bugs/suggestions/requests.



    Keynote and (to a slightly lesser extent) Pages eat PowerPoint and Word for breakfast...
  • Reply 51 of 116
    Bento is an Apple app in all but name. Filemaker is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apple, so any separation between them is essentially imaginary. Not that I can figure out what Bento is actually for. I would not call it rubbish on that basis, but it's purpose seems puzzling.
  • Reply 52 of 116
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,837member
    Numbers is held back because it's probably the one iWork app Jobs doesn't use. I don't know how we fix that.



    Yes, Bento can be frustratingly immature, but it's the only Mac database app that plays nice with Address Book and iCal.



    That Filemaker has invested the time creating Sales Tracking and Project Management templates (which Filemaker Pro doesn't even have) tells me that Filemaker sees Bento, not FM Pro, as the possible future of the Mac database.



    The question is how it gets there, and I think pulling Filemaker (or at least Bento) into the iWork Applications group would be best.
  • Reply 53 of 116
    [It is possible that iWork 11 suite was sidelined for the release of Microsoft Office 2011which was critical to get out there as quickly as possible to further Mac sales.. It would seem iWork 11 would come a bit later so as not to coincide with the MS release.



    A good functioning MS Office suite can do nothing but help and grow Apple in the months to come.
  • Reply 54 of 116
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,837member
    Okay, so it's beginning to be common knowledge that iWork '11 will be released once the Mac App Store opens.



    There's a problem with that. iWork '11 will take a lot of attention away from the launch of the store itself.



    Apple should send out a press release soon, touting all the new features, and say that it will be available January 6 at the Mac App Store.



    Doesn't that make more sense than having two big software launches on the same day?
  • Reply 55 of 116
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    Originally Posted by Gamrin View Post


    Now if Adobe will just make an import filter for placing Pages text into InDesign...



    Right on. Excellent suggestion.
  • Reply 56 of 116
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    Originally Posted by Sybaritic View Post


    Right on. Excellent suggestion.



    Excuse me for asking, but why is this important? If you're placing text into InDesign or some other page layout app, you want the least-formatted text you can get. I prefer plain text myself. Pages has enough export options to make this a non-issue.
  • Reply 57 of 116
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    Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss View Post


    Excuse me for asking, but why is this important? If you're placing text into InDesign or some other page layout app, you want the least-formatted text you can get. I prefer plain text myself. Pages has enough export options to make this a non-issue.



    My assumption is that such a plug-in would allow users to keep the same formatting that has been used in Pages but work within InDesign's layout once the spread is transferred. Essentially, Apple does a good job in Pages (and other software) with providing user-friendly templates for fairly complex layout schemes. InDesign, while more powerful, has fewer such templates. I know people who work in Pages because of its ease of use but would love to transfer their template-based spreads to InDesign for more subtle adjustments prior to going to print or exporting to PDF.
  • Reply 58 of 116
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Sybaritic View Post


    My assumption is that such a plug-in would allow users to keep the same formatting that has been used in Pages but work within InDesign's layout once the spread is transferred. Essentially, Apple does a good job in Pages (and other software) with providing user-friendly templates for fairly complex layout schemes. InDesign, while more powerful, has fewer such templates. I know people who work in Pages because of its ease of use but would love to transfer their template-based spreads to InDesign for more subtle adjustments prior to going to print or exporting to PDF.



    I see, I had not thought of that. You might be right. I tend to see InDesign users as hardened design jocks who'd never touch something as simple as Pages with a ten-foot barge pole. Transferring layouts from Pages to anything else would probably be pretty difficult to accomplish with any accuracy anyway. Or so it seems to me.
  • Reply 59 of 116
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dr Millmoss View Post


    I see, I had not thought of that. You might be right. I tend to see InDesign users as hardened design jocks who'd never touch something as simple as Pages with a ten-foot barge pole. Transferring layouts from Pages to anything else would probably be pretty difficult to accomplish with any accuracy anyway. Or so it seems to me.



    I think you're right on all counts.



    I'm an InDesign person, so I rarely begin with Pages, but I have a number of colleagues who use Pages for mock-ups. They like the simplicity of the program?its efficiency with ready-made layouts.
  • Reply 60 of 116
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    Originally Posted by Sybaritic View Post


    I think you're right on all counts.



    I'm an InDesign person, so I rarely begin with Pages, but I have a number of colleagues who use Pages for mock-ups. They like the simplicity of the program?its efficiency with ready-made layouts.



    What about PDFs?
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