Product Type: Apple in Office Suites
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iWork - is it worth it?
Apple iWork '09
Member Name: ben_w_uk
Apple iWork '09
Advantages: Easy to use, excellant design
Disadvantages: Not always fully compatible with Microsoft office
Apple iWork '09 is a suite of three programs - Pages, a word processor, Numbers, an Excel equivalent, and Keynote, a PowerPoint substitute. iWork is, rather unusually, at just £60 actually cheaper than Microsoft's alternative Microsoft Office for Mac. So, is Apple's offering better than Microsoft's? Read on and all will be revealed...
To start with, the quality of design in iWork '09 is - well, in my opinion at least - better than the quality of design you get in Microsoft Office. There are template designs for keynote that look amazing, and Pages has a selection of templates that look nicer than Microsoft Word's default templates. On from design, iWork is very easy to use, if a little confusing for people who - like me - have used Microsoft Office for all of their life.
I would say that the main problem with iWork lies in its compatibility with Microsoft Office, which is after all used by 95% of the computing world. In Apple's defense, there are stellar tools for converting to Office-type files, however sometimes, especially with Keynote presentations, the converting goes wrong and you end up with a less-than-good product. However, if you think you can live with that, I would definitely recommend iWork as it is very easy to use, and has good design templates.
Summary: Good software, although some may prefer the complete compatibility of Office for Mac.
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