iWork 09 report

Apple put out a new version of iWork at Macworld Expo and it’s really terrific. I’ve been working with it fairly intensely as I’m the Technical Reviewer for the iWork ’09 “Missing Manual” book.

iWork is a collection of three programs: Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. Pages is a much nicer word processor than Microsoft Word, both easier to use and more capable. It also opens Microsoft Word documents, so goodbye Word, hello Pages.

Numbers is Apple’s version of Microsoft Excel, and like Pages, it’s a lot nicer to use than the competition. Keynote is Apple’s presentation program (the same one Steve Jobs used for all those “keynote” speeches) and it too is a pleasure to use, especially compared to Microsoft’s PowerPoint.

For $79 you get all three programs. For $99 you get the 5-user “Family Pack.” For free you get the 30 day trial. Click here to get the trial. You can watch movies about how to use iWork as the programs download. And you can click here to see a whole slew of tutorials.

I think you’re going to love it. Get the trial and find out for yourself.

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