Apple iWork for Mac

Apple iWork for Mac

Average User Rating:
3.7
out of 21 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    9.0.1update1
  • Total Downloads:
    134,548
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 26, 2009
  • Price:
    Update; $79.00 to buy
  • File Size:
    302.02MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    282
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:
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2 stars

"Keynote & Numbers -good Pages - bleh."

May 20, 2009  |  By rubaiyat

 |  Version: Apple iWork 9.0.1update1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I have tried so hard to like Pages. There is probably no program I have worked harder at trying get it do what it is supposed to do.

Unfortunately it is Apple's muddled shot at a DTP program, sort of, oh and a Word Processor, sort of. As in the movie "The Fly" the two seem to have had the worst of each others DNA fused. Full of bone headed ideas about user interaction which go to show why no-one else is reinventing the wheel to put several corners on it. All poorly support by useless Help and a really poorly written User Guide.

At face value it looks OK. Nice looking interface with <i>very</i> good templates. Scratch the surface and try to do real work and you find the mess beneath.

It has a crazy split between "Word Processing mode" and "Layout mode" because the Apple programmers didn't have a clue how to just get it to do both. Odd unannounced functions fail in one or the other. Strangest of all the Word Processor has the somewhat primitive Master Pages and Layout has none. The Layout mode is the more shambolic of the 2 with so many things that don't work it would be hard to list them all.

The Spelling checker in both has to be one of the worst implemented of any program I have ever seen. It is constantly confounding users and seems mostly to just not work. Period.

WARNING TIM ROBINSON: Do not take anything produced from this to a commercial printer. This is strictly for your desktop printer.

WARNING: Do not believe Apple's assurances of compatibility with Ms Office. To give this its technical definition, that is largely a lie. So much does not work either opening or saving to Word that it is just better avoided and only used as a last resort.

WARNING: Be prepared to spend a lot of time finding out how to do things and what has gone wrong. Again! The documentation and Help plain suck.

As this is a review of iWork I have to say that Keynote and Numbers are both great products.

Pity Pages lets the suite down and leaves Apple users still without a decent Word Processor or Database since Apple terminated AppleWorks.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 9.0.1update1
iWork '09 Update 1 is recommended for all iWork '09 users.
General
Publisher Apple
Publisher web site http://www.apple.com/
Release Date March 26, 2009
Date Added March 26, 2009
Version 9.0.1update1
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Media Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Macintosh
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 302.02MB
File Name iWork9.2Update.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 134,548
Downloads Last Week 282
Pricing
License Model Update
Limitations Not available
Price $79

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