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iWork '09 Retail

by Apple
Mac, PowerMac, Mac OS X
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
Price: 38.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Platform:   Mac, PowerMac, Mac OS X
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Item Weight: 91 g
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  • ASIN: B0014X2UAK
  • Release Date: 30 Jan 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant & Productive, but still more to do. 22 April 2010
The iWork package is how office software should be done. Easy to use, pleasant to look at and intuitive this is exactly the kind of quality people expect from Apple. The package includes the Pages word processing application, Keynote presentation software and Numbers spreadsheet tool.

I'll start with the best part of the package, which is Keynote. Keynote was where iWork started and it's so much better than the alternatives. Making a presentation with something like Powerpoint is easy, but making a good looking presentation is hard. Keynote goes that bit further and making a professional looking presentation can be easily done by an amateur because of it's design. Aligning text and images is so much easier and better in Keynote, more font options are available too. Importing pdf files is done much better than Powerpoint (this is thanks to OS-X). The transitions and animations are much better than the competitors too. Keynote is well worth the money by itself.

Pages is another great application, it benefits from the same advantages as Keynote. Easy to use and easy to make great documents. I often find that Word really suffers with larger documents and with inserting graphs or pictures. Pages does this so much better and without frustration. The templates look great too.

Numbers is the final iWork application and is the part that still needs work. It has the same strengths as the other parts of iWork, but doesn't have quite as many programming options as Excel. I think that this will change as Numbers develops and for 99% of spreadsheet activities it's great (for more complex things you should be using a programming language anyway).

All 3 applications can work with MS Office documents fine and that's crucial for most people. The only reason I've given 4 stars rather than 5 is that I think Apple can do even more. The online collaboration will add more to iWork and further work on Numbers would push it to 5 I think.
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77 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Brilliant 16 Mar 2009
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I have been using iWork '08 for a year now and absolutely loving it. I have Microsoft Office for Mac and as I never learned to use it in work (I have never worked in an office) I never got much beyond very basic documents, and always really struggled when adding and images, or even borders!
Then along came iWork...Brilliant! It made everything so easy and beautiful, as only Apple products can. I was producing documents, posters, newsletters and presentations (all for my small business) like it was going out of fashion.
Then came iWork '09. I saw the video's and bought it primarily because of the upgrades in 'Keynote', which are excellent. They have really tightened everything else up as well though, and 'Pages' is much more of a word processing app now, and although I don't use it to that much depth, 'Numbers' now has so much more options and depth as to warrant a full switch from MS Office to iWork, certainly from an average user standpoint.
Since using iWork, my work rate and quality of things produced has increased dramatically, and iWork '09 has really smoothed out a lot of the edges and added some really stunning things to Keynote. Overall, however, the upgrade is only there for those avid fans as there are not enough changes or improvements really to warrant a jump from '08 to '09.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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After making the switch from windows to mac 5 months ago and buying iwork, I have finally needed to uninstall it and get the office for mac package. I'm an independent consultant and need to exchange word and powerpoint documents with clients and colleagues backwards and forwards, and there are lots of compatibility problems. You can save pages and keynote documents as word or powerpoint, but still many tables, graphics, etc are changed, not recognised or corrupted.
Also if you save documents as the office version instead of the mac version, it is not recognised in the "open recent" menu. So when you open , say, pages and you want to come back to the last document you worked on, unless you remember exactly the name and where you saved it, it is not easy to find it because it doesn't show it in "recent documents". Also once you have saved it as .doc or .ppt and you want to save it again, the default saving location and the default name are not the ones you used when you saved it as word or powerpoint, but the location and name of the last .pages or .key document you last worked on, even if it was a completely different document. I can't tell you the amount of time I spent just searching for documents because they ended up in the wrong folder. To avoid this, the only option is to keep 2 versions of each document, one in mac version and one in office version, and then making sure they both have the same content. Far too much hassle for me.
It may be that iwork programmes are better products stand alone in terms of design than office. However if you're a seasoned office user, it is actually quite tricky to unlearn and then learn again how everything works in iwork.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
With the release of the new Office:Mac 2008, which in all honestly is some beautiful software (Unlike the PC version! I now cringe when someone say's "ribbon"), iWork is something that will always be overlooked due customers being 'scared' of new software. But with iWork competitively being cheaper than its Microsoft counterpart, how does the latest edition, 09, compare?

One thing that always put me off the previous version of iWork was Pages, which I felt was the weakest point of the software as it just isn't as in depth at Word from Office. Few changes have been made to 09, but any that are included are for speed purposes. The template screen when you open up either Pages, Numbers or Keynote is a welcome addition, as is the slightly different interface which has fatter tabs and buttons in the tool bar. But if you were looking for radicals improvements over the previous version of Pages, then you may feel left out. Saying this, Pages is still a perfectly acceptable word-processing application for at home, and has fantastic image and template layouts. But for Students who regularly need to switch to Office's Word, think again - though they do work with each other, compatibility for the formatting still isn't 100%.

Numbers is actually an app I've always preferred to Excel from Office. To me, it's simpler, more customizable, and easier to form Sum's. This is probably the most updated program of the package, and with the updated graphics/templates, you can again create some even better documents. This is something I find Excel lacks, though to be fair, graphs and spreadsheets can easily be dragged over to Word/PowerPoint.

KeyNote 09 now looks almost identical to Office 2008's PowerPoint, though this is of course a major plus; I love the new version of PowerPoint.
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4.0 out of 5 stars iWork 09
I use both Apple and MS software, and my iWork 08 required updating. I also use MS Word on my Apple m/c's and PC's, but I find Pages very quick, simple and easy to use. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Bill43
5.0 out of 5 stars iWork programs
Prompt delivery, well packed, good price, loaded and registered so happy that the box is original not copies. No problems in loading or using and so far I am a satisfied customer.
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Kennedy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as described
I feel that Amazon's description of this offering is deceptive. A box with the Apple logo is illustrated, and I certainly assumed there would be a user manual of some sort... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D. H. Hurford
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth It
Programmes now free with the new OS update so wasted money buying this just before we found out about the update
Published 5 months ago by Captain Philip Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars I Work (it works)
A very useful tool for me. I haven't used all of it yet but so far I found it easy to use and I am very pleased with results.
Published 5 months ago by Clive French
4.0 out of 5 stars iWork '09
A good package of programs at a very good price. It compares very well to the Office suite of software and at a fraction of the cost.
Published 8 months ago by robert pratt
4.0 out of 5 stars Obviously, it's stylish!
As someone who's rather familiar with Word, Excel and Powerpoint I find the way of working with Pages, Numbers and Keynote takes a bit of getting used to. Read more
Published 12 months ago by 5string
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Suite of software from Apple
Powerful tools, at excellent value for money price. With a little creativity, iwork can produce highly professional documents, and presentations. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alan_Jazz
2.0 out of 5 stars Great looks, weak performance
I bought this believing that it would work best with the mac. Although it looks slick, it doesn't offer anywhere near the same performance as Office. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by M4t2009
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor compatibility and lack of features but otherwise ok.
For my macbook which i brought over a year ago, i bought this product because i needed a word processing/presentation etc. software do work, so I chose iWork instead of MS Office. Read more
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