Apple unveils iWork '05 productivity suite

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Apple today unveiled iWork '05, productivity software designed to take advantage of both Mac OS X and iLife '05 to help users easily create, present and publish professional-looking documents and presentations.



iWork '05 introduces Pages, a new Apple-branded word processor with a sense of style, and also features Keynote 2, a major new version of Apple's presentation software that lets anyone create cinematic-looking presentations.



Both Pages and Keynote 2 take full advantage of the advanced typography and graphics engine of Mac OS X, are seamlessly integrated with iLife '05. They include a collection of themes and templates that make it easy to produce stunning results in minutes.



"With iWork '05, we're building the successor to AppleWorks by taking advantage of the latest innovations in Mac OS X and iLife '05," said Sina Tamaddon, Apple's senior vice president of Applications. "iWork '05 makes it incredibly easy for anyone to create really great-looking documents, newsletters and presentations quickly and easily."



Pages gives users the tools to create great looking letters, newsletters, reports, brochures and resumes with advanced typography, multiple columns, footnotes, tables of contents and styles. Featuring dynamic text wrapping and alignment guides, Pages lets users create free-form arrangements of text, graphics, photos, tables and charts. An integrated iLife media browser lets users drag and drop photos from the iPhoto library directly into documents, and with over 40 Apple-designed templates, Pages makes it easy to create professional documents in minutes.



Keynote 2 is a application that gives users everything they need to create compelling presentations, portfolios, interactive slideshows and storyboards. Keynote 2 delivers powerful slide animations to synchronize the movement of multiple objects and cinematic real-time animated text. The iLife media browser within Keynote makes it easy to insert photos, movies and music directly into presentations and with image masking, it's easy to frame the exact part of the photo users want to display. Keynote 2 comes with 20 themes making it easy to create stunning presentations in minutes. Keynote 2 also helps presenters stay on track with the ability to use a second monitor to display upcoming slides, notes and a timer.



iWork '05 imports AppleWorks and imports and exports Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files along with supporting a wide range of industry standard file formats including PDF, Adobe Photoshop, TIFF, JPG and QuickTime. Keynote 2 now includes the ability to export presentations to Macromedia Flash.



Pricing & Availability



iWork ?05 will be available in the US on Saturday, January 22 and worldwide on Saturday, January 29 for a suggested retail price of $79 (US). Minimum system requirements include Mac OS X version 10.3.6, a Macintosh computer with a 500 MHz or faster PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 processor (G4 for PowerBook), 128 MB of RAM (512MB recommended), 8MB of video RAM (32MB recommended), QuickTime 6.5 or later and iLife '04 or later recommended.
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  • Reply 1 of 131
    ybotybot Posts: 329member
    I am desperate to get iWork so I can ditch Microsoft Word, but the Apple Store's web site is SO clogged I can't even log in to buy it! I guess I will wait until later tonight to order it. Anyone else having this problem? I think I recall this happening after the last few Macworlds too.



    -Ybot
  • Reply 2 of 131
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,289member
    I like it but there's no spreadsheet. Sloppy Apple.
  • Reply 3 of 131
    Quote:

    Originally posted by hmurchison

    I like it but there's no spreadsheet. Sloppy Apple.



    I thought I saw a rumor of yet another iWork application called "Cells". Obviously not today...but perhaps in the works. Would be nice to have NOW though to dump AW once and for all. I still use AW for spreadsheet stuff on occasion.



    Of course there are 2-3 3rd party spreadsheet applications worth looking into, including this one: http://www.materialarts.com/FlexiSheet/index.html which has been open-sourced.

  • Reply 4 of 131
    It is surprising that they don't at least match all of AppleWorks functionality, wonder what's going on there?



    Then again, maybe they do have a primitive spreadsheet as part of Pages?. FileMaker also imports Excel spreadsheets directly.



    So the big question for me... does it do web pages? (I think it doesn't)



    And as a side note, is there an upgrade for Appleworks on Windows?
  • Reply 5 of 131
    tokentoken Posts: 142member
    Quote:

    So the big question for me... does it do web pages? (I think it doesn't)



    Pages has the option to export as html. But is is not purposed for web pages.



    It is not being included in the iMac mini software package which could support thinksecrets speculations about a forthcoming light "Notes" version of Pages. I find it strange that Apple chose to include Appleworks instead, but i guess its better than no wordprocessor. For now..
  • Reply 6 of 131
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,807member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by hmurchison

    I like it but there's no spreadsheet. Sloppy Apple.



    Amen to that.



    They've had five years to work on this update. They kill the Spreadsheet and Database portions and charge the same amount? With no upgrade path for Keynote users? What are they smoking over there?
  • Reply 7 of 131
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Token

    Pages has the option to export as html. But is is not purposed for web pages.



    It is not being included in the iMac mini software package which could support thinksecrets speculations about a forthcoming light "Notes" version of Pages. I find it strange that Apple chose to include Appleworks instead, but i guess its better than no wordprocessor. For now..




    "Notes" (if it is real) really sounds like something quite different to me. Doesn't it?
  • Reply 8 of 131
    frank777frank777 Posts: 5,807member
    Ok, maybe that was a bit harsh.



    There is a "Tables and Charts" function.

    Hopefully they're not clueless, and have just hidden the functionality to avoid the cancellation of MS Office.
  • Reply 9 of 131
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Frank777

    Ok, maybe that was a bit harsh.



    There is a "Tables and Charts" function.

    Hopefully they're not clueless, and have just hidden the functionality to avoid the cancellation of MS Office.




    You know, I don't think they are really worried about MS cancelling Office. A couple of reasons:



    1. MS makes some good coin from office:mac



    2. I don't think Pages will really eat into Office sales. Low-end users...this really is for AW users who really have a hard time justifying paying $$$ for Office for the little amount of word processing they do.
  • Reply 10 of 131
    Do you guys remember about a year or so ago.. someone shot some pictures of what was rumored to be a new Apple product.. it had a similar green layout and style as the new iLife logo...



    Which site was that? I *think* it was macosrumors, but not sure.



    Whoever it was lashed pretty badly when the materials didn't surface, but I remember the whole lightbulb thing and green scheme that is now present with iLife and iWork.



    Thanks.
  • Reply 11 of 131
    Interesting note...must have a DVD-ROM drive to install, CD-ROM available separately (I wonder what that means exactly...when you order, I mean)?
  • Reply 12 of 131
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Token

    Pages has the option to export as html. But is is not purposed for web pages.



    It is not being included in the iMac mini software package which could support thinksecrets speculations about a forthcoming light "Notes" version of Pages. I find it strange that Apple chose to include Appleworks instead, but i guess its better than no wordprocessor. For now..




    THanks for the html info.



    iMac mini comes with AppleWorks eh?. That is ODD. Why?

    (edit) I guess I thought iWorks was a new renamed Appleworks... and preloading AW implies it is positioned differently in Apple's mind.



    Does Apple want people to pay extra for iWork? (implying iWork is a more professional app than Appleworks, which Keynote is but how good is pages?)



    Or does Apple want to give people an app with spreadsheet and graphics?





    It does imply a light version... perhaps the light version will be preloaded with Mac OS 10.4? (like TextEdit, or Notepad/WordPad). Hmmm
  • Reply 13 of 131
    Well I'm excited ... I've been waiting for an inexpensive application to do page layout type work. I currently use the drawing module in AppleWorks to my page design stuff (sorry, I'm broke and can't afford expensive software). AppleWorks really is getting old and doesn't support any of the advanced typography features of OS X. Pages is a welcomed application... and at $79 it's about right on target.



    Like some of the others, I really was hoping for an all out replacement of AppleWorks and I'm sure in time iWork will become just that. In the meantime, Apple needs to make sure to not step on too many of Microsoft's toes... Apple needs Office to remain available for OS X.



    Until that time ... AppleWorks spreadsheet module works just fine for the price! ;-)
  • Reply 14 of 131
    scottscott Posts: 7,431member
    I'll buy it when it's ready. Can't be worse than MS Word.
  • Reply 15 of 131
    Pages is clearly very low end and doesn't even have all the feature of AppleWork's word processor. It is basically a pretty looking notepad.



    Microsoft intro'd Messenger 5.0 and both Apple and MS said they are very closely working together on the next Office. Apple knows they need Office or many people, businesses and colleges would not touch a Mac. Sad but true.



    Other stuff looks good though.
  • Reply 16 of 131
    buonrottobuonrotto Posts: 6,368member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by hmurchison

    I like it but there's no spreadsheet. Sloppy Apple.



    Not sloppy, prudent. Taking it one step at a time.
  • Reply 17 of 131
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,289member
    I could see Apple coming out with a "plus" bundle of some sort. Thus



    $79 buys you Pages/Keynote 2

    $79 buys you Cell/MacDB



    So for $149 you can buy all 4 in the future and have a full suite.
  • Reply 18 of 131
    Pages extendability will be shown with subsequent updates like the rest of Apple's applications.



    Sorry but the desktop publishing layout potential of Pages should be self-evident, especially when Tiger is released.
  • Reply 19 of 131
    Here is what caught my attention, what Steve Jobs said:



    Quote:

    building the successor to AppleWorks



    Now if this was it, Keynote and Pages was iWork, wouldn't he have said "We have built the successor to AppleWorks" or "iWork, the successor to AppleWorks". Instead by saying "building" that implies that they are still working on things. AppleWorks also did spreadsheet, simple drawing, and database. Could a future version of iWork also include a spreadsheet app (and more)? Very interesting.



    Pages reminds me of a Word and Indesign hybrid app. Not really as powerful as either one, but a solid combination of both for the novice user.
  • Reply 20 of 131
    kcmackcmac Posts: 1,051member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by kupan787

    Here is what caught my attention, what Steve Jobs said:







    Now if this was it, Keynote and Pages was iWork, wouldn't he have said "We have built the successor to AppleWorks" or "iWork, the successor to AppleWorks". Instead by saying "building" that implies that they are still working on things. AppleWorks also did spreadsheet, simple drawing, and database. Could a future version of iWork also include a spreadsheet app (and more)? Very interesting.



    Pages reminds me of a Word and Indesign hybrid app. Not really as powerful as either one, but a solid combination of both for the novice user.




    Exactly on all points.



    Apple really went after Adobe at this show it seems to me. The editing additions to iPhoto and the ease of page layout in Pages really turns up the heat and give us common folk some powerful yet affordable and low level apps.



    It will be exciting to watch iWork expand and improve in the future.
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