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Apple At the D11 conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook once again took the stage to be interviewed by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. While most of the interview can be replicated by picking and reading 10 random Apple fanblog stories - there were still a number of very interesting things that warrant some closer scrutiny.
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Is Iwork any good?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 29th May 2013 18:52 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
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2006-07-14

Anyone actually use it? I tried it years ago on Mac OS, and was shocked that it was actually being used by people then. It was terrible. Spreadsheet was crap, Word processor was crap, Keynote was powerpoint with different animations. Is it any better on Mac OSx or ios these days? IE, if you had a choice between using libre office and iWork, would anyone choose iWork?

Edit: For the comparison I was thinking of use on a more traditional desktop. Libreoffice is working on an android version, but its pretty alpha and limited to just being a viewer. Which makes it fairly pointless.

Edited 2013-05-29 18:55 UTC

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RE: Is Iwork any good?
by cropr on Wed 29th May 2013 19:34 in reply to "Is Iwork any good? "
cropr Member since:
2006-02-14

I have the most recent version of iWork on my Macbook. I find Keynote an excellent program, even better than Powerpoint in some aspects. Pages is not bad, but cannot compete with Word or even LibreOffice Writer. Numbers is a poor program, lacking major features.
I am not using iCloud on my MB because a cloud service makes only sense if all of my devices can be synchronised. So an Android app that offers iCloud integrationwould be logical step for Apple

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RE[2]: Is Iwork any good?
by REM2000 on Wed 29th May 2013 20:44 in reply to "RE: Is Iwork any good? "
REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

agreed, Keynote is far superior to PowerPoint 2013 however the rest are mediocre and don't really compare to Office or Libre

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RE: Is Iwork any good?
by rain on Wed 29th May 2013 21:16 in reply to "Is Iwork any good? "
rain Member since:
2005-07-09

I use iWork on OSX pretty much every day. For my needs it's the best one out there.
May not have all the features of the older ones, but it's much quicker to work with when it comes to what I use it for.

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RE: Is Iwork any good?
by parrotjoe on Thu 30th May 2013 01:40 in reply to "Is Iwork any good? "
parrotjoe Member since:
2005-07-06

Are you sure you were using iWork or the old AppleWorks?

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Iwork 06 it was awful.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Iwork 06 it was awful.

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RE[2]: Is Iwork any good?
by parrotjoe on Thu 30th May 2013 12:22 in reply to "RE: Is Iwork any good? "
parrotjoe Member since:
2005-07-06

Oh okay - when you said Mac OS I thought perhaps you meant OS 9.

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RE: Is Iwork any good?
by Morgan on Fri 31st May 2013 10:23 in reply to "Is Iwork any good? "
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

The last version of iWork I used was '08 so take that into consideration, but here's my experience:

I found Numbers to be utterly useless, but when it comes to spreadsheets I'm somewhat of a power user. It tries way too hard to hold your hand in some ways, and it's completely lacking support for keyboard navigation. Having to use the mouse to select every cell I wanted to edit was beyond frustrating. I gave up and installed OpenOffice on my Mac just to have a decent spreadsheet program.

Pages is much better, but it isn't really a great writing platform. It's more of a desktop publishing app than a word processor. There are some awesome templates available for it, but again they are pretty much all DTP oriented.

I've never had a need to use PowerPoint or other presentation software; I don't think I've ever even opened Keynote on any Mac I've owned.

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