Top critical review
One person found this helpful
on 30 April 2013
I am already an iWork '08 user, and I found this manual incredibly complicated - borderline impossible to use. It seems to have fallen into the same trap as iWork itself. It's easy to do complicated things. Far less easy to do simple things.
What I really wanted were some clear photos of what the different windows show WHEN YOU FIRST START with them, what each icon or menu item means, etc. Instead, we plunge into the wordprocessing system, by writing a letter for a firm, making templates (without defining 'template - for those of you old Claris users, that's 'Stationery') how to integrate with your address book, bla de bla.
What you really want to know is: what do the icons across the top of the wordprocessing menu mean? What are the options for each. How to set your margins, choose your font, etc.
I'm sure all the information you could ever possibly want is hidden somewhere in this large book, but as a quick reference to get you started ...no, it doesn't work for me. This is a good effort, but I think the authors need to focus on (even ASK?) new users what they really need from a manual like this. Instead, they just dive in and start trying to explain everything an expert can do with the programme. As I said, I'm already a user (have been since 2008) and I found this no help at all in understanding the newer version. Heaven knows what somebody new to the entire iWorks suite would do with this.
I have the old manual which came with iWorks '08, and it's much much better. I just wish Apple would update it for iWorks 'O9 - in paperback format.