Macworld 2009: iWork ’09

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Apple introduced the latest update to the iWork suite at Macworld San Francisco today. The $79 (USD) package includes Keynote – Apple’s slideshow editing software, Pages – Apple’s word processing software and Numbers – Apple’s spreadsheet editing software. The suite ships today and a 30-day trial can also be downloaded online.

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Apple announced several new features for the popular presentation software, including several new transitions, build in and build out effects and a variety of new themes. Perhaps more importantly, Keynote ’09 also features interstitial slideshows and “Magic Move” object transitions. Accompanying Keynote ’09 is the $0.99 Keynote Remote App (not released at time of writing) for iPhone and iPod touch, as shown in the screenshot above.

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Pages ’09 features a full-screen text editor that helps you “focus on your work”, Mail Merge with Numbers and EndNote and MathType integration and compatibility. It also includes the iWork-wide enhanced template chooser (shown above) and dynamic outlines.

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Sporting lots of nifty new features for accountants and the like, Numbers ’09 didn’t get heaps of attention but includes several key additions to the relatively young spreadsheet software.

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I believe the most significant announcement of the iWork ’09 update is iWork.com, a service that allows iWork users to upload their documents, spreadsheets and presentations to “the cloud”. While online, other users can (among other features) comment on portions of the documents and download a copy for themselves. With the purchase of iWork ’09, customers can sign up to the beta service which is free but will become a paid subscription when the beta tag is removed.

– r.

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