A Few iWork Questions

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by rs7, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. rs7 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2008
    I'm a student. Upon seeing iWork '09, I downloaded the trial and listed my Office for Mac on eBay. I may have jumped the gun, but I don't think I'll cancel my auction and just learn to use iWork. It seems a bit confusing. Just to figure out how to animate took some time. I have a few questions:
    1. Why does iWork not include a citation maker or equation editor? Office has both...and I need both :( I have already started a paper in Word and made some equations in the equation editor...I'm going to transfer that paper to Pages, and I assume the equations will move with it because they're images...but if I need to put in more equations, is there anything available for free to allow me to make an equation and put it in Pages?
    2. How do I test the animations in Keynote on a slide once I set them? In Powerpoint I can hit a play button on the animations pane and it'll run through the slide.
    3. I've heard that the majority of people on this forum prefer Keynote and Pages to their Office counterparts, but Excel to Numbers. At this point in time, I only use Excel for pretty basic data tables and graphs...what exactly does Excel offer that Numbers cannot even come close to?
    4. After using Office on Windows and Mac forever, will I be able to get used to iWork...especially for an important paper due in a few weeks and related important presentation for a month from now?
    5. Why is the thing that seems to control a lot of things called "Inspector"? What exactly does it inspect?

  2. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    Download the pdf iWork'09 User Guides from Apple.

    Check out Apples support forum for iWork'09. (user to user)

    Give yourself time to learn the new apps.
    Cancel the Auction for the time being.

    The inspector has many of the formatting, layout and other options in one place under tabs. The rest well, better read the Guides, I'm still checking out Numbers version 2 and liking what I see.

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