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Yup, iWork ’13 Sucks! Or not…

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Remember all those concerns about the cheesy new version of iWork? Remember how Apple was moving backwards. Remember how much crappy these apps were supposed to be?

Now, try to remember how often Apple updated those old versions of iWork when they were on a DVD and you maybe saw new features added to the app once every 2–3 years.




As Dan Moren notes in his Macworld article on these updates, this update does not mark the complete return of all the features available in the previous version of iWork ’09, but it is an indicator of things to come. Which appear to be many and good.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

January 23rd, 2014 at 10:39 pm

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Hands On With iWork for iCloud Beta

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Yesterday Macworld posted my hands-on look at iWork for iCloud. Coincidentally, Apple also opened up their iCloud beta to anyone interested in giving it a go on the very same day.

I found the iCloud beta to be pretty impressive. While it may not satisfy everyone, it’s going to be a boon to iOS users who don’t own a Mac as well as the occasional student who needs to make document or presentation edits at schools where Macs are not the standard computing platform.

Overall, a great set of Web-based apps. I highly recommend that you give them a try.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

August 24th, 2013 at 8:51 am

Apple iWork Now Available For iPhone & iPod touch Users

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Come and get it…

Apple iWork Now Available For iPhone & iPod touch Users | via

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May 31st, 2011 at 11:26 am

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Daring Fireball: Cutting That Cord

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Astute observations by John Gruber on the state of the cord-free iOS device, the post PC era and what’s to come.

While the whole thing is good, there are two standout quotes:

I like MobileMe a lot, and it’s been very reliable for me for a few years now. But, at $99/year, it’s not something most iOS users have, and thus, most iOS users don’t get over-the-air syncing of calendars, contacts, and bookmarks. That’s not competitive today.

I love MobileMe for the reasons, AND ONLY for the reasons that Gruber states here. There’s simply no better way for me to sync my bookmarks, contacts, calendars, keychains… It works great, I never have to think about it and I couldn’t be happier. This is the only reason I pay for MobileMe. I use iDisk only very rarely, never use the web hosting services and only use MobileMe email services because they exist as part of my account, not because I need them.

…those third-party iOS developers that are depending upon Dropbox — there’s a veritable cottage industry of Dropbox text editors alone — have a far better syncing experience than Apple’s own creative apps. The iPad versions of the iWork suite and GarageBand are exquisite apps — easily some of the best-designed user experiences for creative software ever made. But the process of getting, say, a slide deck created in Keynote on your iPad open in Keynote on your iMac is downright antediluvian.

Antediluvian is a nice word, and anybody that reads Gruber’s Twitter feed knows that he’s not a man accustomed to using nice words. I’ll say here and now that Pages, which is a stunningly beautiful iOS app and a wonderful word processing program, has barely been used on my iPad by virtue of the simple fact that there is NO document syncing. There is only COPYING to and from WebDAV servers and iTunes. For anyone doing anything real, this renders the app absolutely useless.  Apple should be embarrassed.

This is what I said in my Macworld review back when the app was first released:

Unfortunately, Pages has some gaping holes that suck the life out of what would otherwise be a stellar app. The largest of these holes is file sharing, which is handled so poorly that it makes or breaks the possibility of using Pages for iPad as a business tool. While there are several options for getting your documents into and out of Pages, none are easy or recognizes that simple file sharing between your Mac and iPad are essential.

This problem remains, but it never should have existed in the first place.

Gruber’s article here: Daring Fireball: Cutting That Cord. His eloquence on the matter exceeds all.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

April 17th, 2011 at 10:49 am

iWork Update Lets Authors Publish to ePub, for iBooks

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Very Interesting!

iWork update lets authors publish to ePub, for iBooks | via The Loop

By the way, if you’re not reading Jim Dalrymple’s The Loop, you should be.

Written by Jeffery Battersby

August 26th, 2010 at 3:59 pm

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