Mac mini comes with AppleWorks?

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  1. Toe
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    Toe

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    I'm sure this has been mentioned in another thread, but it deserves its own...

    What up with this?
    http://www.apple.com/macmini/specs.html
    And AppleWorks still shows up here:
    http://www.apple.com/appleworks/
    and here:
    http://www.apple.com/software/

    They're not REALLY sticking Mac Mini users with AppleWorks, are they?
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    Were you expecting it to come with iWork? I think that they are figuring that iWork is an add-on and AppleWorks is the basic included software.

    Besides, at the edu price of $49 iWork really isn't priced that bad for the two apps that it contains. I mean how much was Keynote by itself before? $79? I don't really know?
     
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    Apple will still ship AW for sometime with new Mac's because there is a transition period for software. Expect AW to be replaced in 2 years with iWork.

    Some special bundle offer will be given when you buy a new Mac and iWork, where iWork can be had for half the price.

    iWork has not been established yet remember that, it will take sometime as Keynote did. :)
     
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    Macky-Mac

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    well, a spreadsheet application ....it's too bad there isn't one in iWork
     
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    Sweet Spreadsheet Spider Monkeys! I don't believe iWork includes spreadsheet software. Appleworks does.

    edit: Dang. Macky-Mac beat me to it.
     
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    If Apple had included a spreadsheet you know MS would have been yelling and screaming and threatning to kill Office -- like they did with Explorer.
     
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    during the keynote, steve said, "we're building a successor to appleworks" which basically means that a year from now, iwork 06 will have either a database functionality, or a spreadsheet functionality or both

    iwork isn't done yet. i remember a ruckus being made when people found out that apple was integrating photoshop-like functions into the OS, so that *any* developer could add them to an app. sounds like a perfect way for them to build a successor to appleworks' draw/paint functionalities.
     
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    It looks like it is still a work in progress, iWork has a few years ahead of it before it becomes a fully mature app.
     
  10. Toe
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    Toe

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    Even if it isn't mature, that doesn't mean Apple couldn't make Mac mini users use it to test it out.

    Then again, if they're only getting $500 from Mac mini buyers, I suppose they'd like another $80 for the privledge of having something (allegedly) highly compatible with Word. That's cheaper than buying MS Word, which appears to be over $200. And the bundle makes sense too. It'll be a nice cheap option.

    Objection withdrawn. :p

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  11. macrumors 6502

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    RE: Database.

    Since Apple is wrapping a GUI around cron, why shouldn't they do the same with MySQL and bundle that in iWork? There's your database right there.
     
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    Or how about Filemaker? I find it much more user-friendly than Access.
     
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    You can open,edit, and save word documents with appleworks. You can also save applework documents as word ones too. It's not perfect, all they would have to do is give a small update and it would be a very nice (and free) application on the Mac Mini. Right now, it does the job well enough to get by.
     
  14. Toe
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    Toe

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    But it's not good enough for people who work in an all-Windows environment and want to take work home sometimes. They can read and re-save Word documents, but their co-workers and associates will be pissed at them for losing and/or messing up the formatting on their Word documents. (If that's not a concern, they can use TextEdit, for that matter.)

    The underlying promise of Pages is a Word killer. Something that means you don't have to give Microsoft hundreds of dollars just to be able to accurately exchange word processing documents with other people. I mean come on.

    I think Apple's just trying to sneak it up on MS... getting better and better Office-replacement capability without MS paying too much attention. Then one day WHAM, Apple announces 100% Office replacement ability, and who cares if MS dumps the Mac. iWork is a heck of a lot cheaper, better, and easier.

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