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Jan 18, 2006, 11:38 PM
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Link: CNET editors' take of iWork '06 (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20060119003822)
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Chobit
Jan 19, 2006, 08:07 AM
Article keeps mentioning iWork '06 containing the version of keynote from iWork '05.

I've had iWork for a few days now, and love the improvements. I haven't really had a chance to do anything new in Keynote 3, but I've loved the changes to Pages so far.

saurus
Jan 19, 2006, 02:25 PM
I won't buy it based on what I've read so far. I've already upgraded iLife and briefly played with the iWork06 demo that comes with it, and so far haven't seen any great reason to upgrade at all.

The original Pages was so bad at exporting, that I started working with the hand fixed exports and stopped using Pages for the most part. It's extremely frustrating to try to manipulate their templates beyond just inserting text and replacement pictures, and moving objects was tedious that it took hours to do what I'd done in 30 mins or less in MS Publisher and that's just pathetic (granted Pub couldn't export, but Pages did such a lousy job even with it's OWN un-changed templates!). iWeb probably makes this problem a moot point fortunately. And so what if they added maybe 12 new templates. That does not make this worthy of a new dot release! And heads up, Pages 2 templates are not backwards compatible, so I expect iWorkCommunity.com will be unhappy about that one.

So far nobody's really got their hands dirty and told us how the usability of Pages is better, so what if it automatically took my name from the address book! The fact that the new pages still comes with a manual, when iLife does not, does not bode well.

I have absolutely no use for Keynote (iPhoto/Aperture/screensaver slide show does all I need), so Apple better figure out a better marketing strategy, instead of hoping we'll all just pony up $80 and figure out, after opening un-returnable shrinkwrap, that we got hosed again. I'd say introduce upgrade prices or expect nothing. Lastly, I'm not in the market for testing yet another piece of Apple's Beta software after dropping $80 on iWork 05 and $400 on Aperture already this last year.