Apple introduces iWork '09, iWork.com

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Users of Apple's updated iWork office productivity suite will find new features in their desktop applications and a new online document sharing service at iWork.com, the company announced Tuesday.



"Millions of Mac users have fallen in love with iWork," said Apple chief executive Steve Jobs. Â*"With iWork '09, Apple continues to demonstrate that innovation is possible in office productivity software, and that creating impressive presentations, documents and spreadsheets doesn't need to be complicated."



Keynote



Keynote '09 introduces automatic, animated transitions between two user-defined endpoints with a choice of effects. Â*Called Magic Move, the new feature can alter the position, scale, rotation and opacity of any image, graphic or text. Â*New text transitions can "morph" text from slide to slide. Â*3D charts now support cylinder shapes, beveled-edge pie charts, new textures and four new 3D build effects. Â*iPhone and iPod touch users now have the option of a 99-cent app called Keynote Remote, sold in the App Store, that shows slides, presenter notes and presenter controls.



Pages



Pages '09 brings a Full Screen view that puts the focus on the document with on-demand menus, format bar and page navigator that only appear when the user begins to use them. Â*Outline mode includes templates with collapsible and expandable elements that can be easily rearranged. Â*MathType 6 support lets engineers, mathematicians and students add complex equations, and EndNote X2 integration brings comprehensive bibliographic references to the software. Â*Pages also ships with 40 new Apple-designed templates ranging from newsletters and posters to certificates and stationery.







Numbers



Numbers '09 provides quick categorization options by column that can be collapsed, expanded and summarized to help sift through large sets of data. Â*An enhanced function browser makes formula writing easier with built-in help for more than 250 functions, as well as visual placeholders with tips to explain each variable in the formula. Â*The new Formula List can display all formulas in the entire spreadsheet at once, and a single click jumps to any given formula cell. Â*Expanded chart options include mixed chart types, two-axis charts, and the ability to apply error bars and trend lines. Â*Numbers charts pasted into Pages or Keynote are linked and available to be updated with a click.







iWork.com



Initially a free public beta, iWork.com brings iWork '09 documents onto the web for sharing with multiple collaborators. Â*Linked to an Apple ID, iWork.com buttons are placed in Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. Â*The user can simply click to upload the document and invite others to view it online in any major browser, on a Mac or PC. Â*Viewers can provide comments and notes (but not directly edit), and download a copy of the document in their choice of iWork, PDF, or Microsoft Word formats. Â*A consolidated online list of all shared documents indicates when viewers have posted comments. Â*iWork.com is expected to be a public beta at first, then transition to a fee-based service at a later date.







Pricing and Availability



iWork '09 is now available at the Apple Store, shipping immediately, for a suggested retail price of $79 (US). Â*iWork '09 is also available for $49 with the purchase of any Mac through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.



iWork '09 requires Mac OS X version 10.4.11 or Mac OS X version 10.5.6 or later, a Macintosh computer with an Intel processor, PowerPC G5, or 500 MHz or faster PowerPC G4, 512 MB of RAM (1GB recommended), 32MB of video RAM, QuickTime 7.5.5 or later, a DVD drive for installation and 1.2GB of available disk space. Â*iWork.com Public Beta is not included with the purchase of iWork '09. Â*Account setup and activation are required. Â*Fees may apply. Â*Internet access and iWork '09 are required.
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  • Reply 1 of 57
    delanydelany Posts: 51member
    My question is:



    [Edit: Clarification - this relates to Pages]



    Will it finally do automatic header numbering?



    Without that it will continue to be near-useless for general-purpose business use, no matter how friendly and pretty it is (and I like friendly, pretty applications).



    D
  • Reply 2 of 57
    My Pages experience has been that it is the best word processor out there except for:

    * lack of bibliography support

    * lack of cross-reference support

    * co-authoring with non-iWork people presents problems



    If these three things are fixed, this product might finally be finished and I can use it. I've owned the versions before and kept hoping they'd improve Pages.



    Happy to see that they included something for equation writing. I always just included the eps files so it wasn't too overly critical but very happy to see that added in.
  • Reply 3 of 57
    Dammit, iWork.com. Where were you when I was in grad school?
  • Reply 4 of 57
    lorrelorre Posts: 396member
    iWork.com fee based? Give me a break... This is one of the most profitable companies in the world as is, they have billions and billions of cash, then they charge you 80 bucks for iWork, and then you'll have to pay extra even for the online version??? World to Apple: this is a recession, people are loosing their jobs, and Google offers everything for free and doesn't even have rediculously expensive hardware to compensate for that.
  • Reply 5 of 57
    nace33nace33 Posts: 94member
    I just downloaded the trial version of '09 and extremely disappointed that the ability to print an envelope with a letter is still a missing feature. Seriously, when you right a letter you have to mail it in an envelope. I have sent Apple numerous feedbacks on this issue. Apparently they don't listen. I am the only one who thinks this is essential for business use?
  • Reply 6 of 57
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lorre View Post


    iWork.com fee based? Give me a break... This is one of the most profitable companies in the world as is, they have billions and billions of cash, then they charge you 80 bucks for iWork, and then you'll have to pay extra even for the online version??? World to Apple: this is a recession, people are loosing their jobs, and Google offers everything for free and doesn't even have rediculously expensive hardware to compensate for that.



    I do so love these posts that think that companies shouldn't be profitable or the suggestions that MobileMe and iWork.com should include ads to generate revenue.
  • Reply 7 of 57
    nace33nace33 Posts: 94member
    Looks like they didn't fix the text overflow problem when printing a spread sheet.
  • Reply 8 of 57
    bloggerblogbloggerblog Posts: 2,481member
    Pages is an appealing application from a designer's perspective.

    Now, if they only add bleed and crop-marks.
  • Reply 9 of 57
    hmurchisonhmurchison Posts: 12,435member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    I do so love these posts that think that companies shouldn't be profitable or the suggestions that MobileMe and iWork.com should include ads to generate revenue.



    I can't wait to download the trial and decide if I want to jump on iLife first or iWork.



    Frankly I don't have a problem with a fee based iWork.com. Apple probably should roll it under MobileMe but if they don't I simply won't sign up unless it offers value.



    I hope the performance is good for iWork. I can't wait to try it when I get home.
  • Reply 10 of 57
    aplnubaplnub Posts: 2,605member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nace33 View Post


    I just downloaded the trial version of '09 and extremely disappointed that the ability to print an envelope with a letter is still a missing feature. Seriously, when you right a letter you have to mail it in an envelope. I have sent Apple numerous feedbacks on this issue. Apparently they don't listen. I am the only one who thinks this is essential for business use?



    I am on the road. Can you tell me if Numbers has the number of rows and columns like Excel?
  • Reply 11 of 57
    djames42djames42 Posts: 298member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by delany View Post


    Will it finally do automatic header numbering?



    Or have the ability for headers/footers to not start until the second page?
  • Reply 12 of 57
    virgil-tb2virgil-tb2 Posts: 1,416member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by delany View Post


    My question is:

    Will it finally do automatic header numbering? Without that it will continue to be near-useless for general-purpose business use, no matter how friendly and pretty it is (and I like friendly, pretty applications).



    As a long time Excel user I disagree.



    Numbered headers appear handy in Excel, mostly because they have always been there. They are also handy for super large spreadsheets, and as designators for Automator/VB. In short, I would say they are really useful for serious Excel-heads doing massive scary things with spreadsheets, but not necessary for the average business user.
  • Reply 13 of 57
    delanydelany Posts: 51member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2 View Post


    As a long time Excel user I disagree.



    Numbered headers appear handy in Excel, mostly because they have always been there. They are also handy for super large spreadsheets, and as designators for Automator/VB. In short, I would say they are really useful for serious Excel-heads doing massive scary things with spreadsheets, but not necessary for the average business user.



    Sorry - it's Pages that it looks like still does not have auto numbered headers that I was griping about. A bit more crucial for word processing.
  • Reply 14 of 57
    meelashmeelash Posts: 1,045member
    Haha, that's right, it may be extremely useful when soliciting comments on my papers from advisor/ lab mates.



    That said, I really hope the equation editing is well-implemented, there is a means for equation numbering, and the performance issues are fixed for large documents.
  • Reply 15 of 57
    lorrelorre Posts: 396member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by solipsism View Post


    I do so love these posts that think that companies shouldn't be profitable or the suggestions that MobileMe and iWork.com should include ads to generate revenue.



    I never said Apple shouldn't be profitable. I said they could easily offer iWork.com for free and still be profitable. You really think Apple would go out of business if they'd offer MobileMe or iWork.com for free? It would be a nice move towards its customers, who are forced to buy top of the line hardware, even if they don't need it. (or go second hand, but lots of people are afraid of that)
  • Reply 16 of 57
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Ah, well. Cheer up folks. There's always Google Docs.
  • Reply 17 of 57
    nace33nace33 Posts: 94member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aplnub View Post


    I am on the road. Can you tell me if Numbers has the number of rows and columns like Excel?



    I am not quite sure what you mean, but if you mean if it tells you at glance, then I am not seeing it.
  • Reply 18 of 57
    aplnubaplnub Posts: 2,605member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nace33 View Post


    I am not quite sure what you mean, but if you mean if it tells you at glance, then I am not seeing it.



    Sorry, I meant does it have 64,000 columns and a gazillion rows?
  • Reply 19 of 57
    pt123pt123 Posts: 696member
    Thank goodness for Google docs.
  • Reply 20 of 57
    nace33nace33 Posts: 94member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by aplnub View Post


    Sorry, I meant does it have 64,000 columns and a gazillion rows?



    My Rows maxed out at 65,535.
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