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AppleWorks X?

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A listing for a book entitled 'AppleWorks X for Mac OS X: A Visual Quickstart Guide' from Peachpit Press was discovered by one of our members on BookFinder4U. Given an a March 2004 copyright date, ISBN number, and listing the author as Nolan Hester, the book is listed as "not yet printed."

Hester is also the author of a large number of Peachpit's other visual quickstart titles.

The last public update to AppleWorks is version 6.2.9 made available by Apple on January 15, 2004. No details are available yet as to functionality of AppleWorks X.
 

Zaty

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So Apple is working on an update to AW? The name "Apple Works X" could suggest its entirely written in Cocoa. It would be nice if there was some serious competiton to MS Office. Bring it on!
 
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BeoVir

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Please...

let this be true!! I tried using appleworks 6 but was so dissappointed in its features that I soon ended up converting to MS Office. Appleworks needs to comply with apples HIG and needs to have improvements in its spell checking feature.

I love Keynote, and I couldn't belive that apple would carry Appleworks without bringing it up to keynotes level.
 
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azdude

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Hooray!

If the compatibility with Office PC is as good as Office Mac's, perhaps I'll switch back and go 100% M$ free! :D
 
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CmdrLaForge

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It would be really really great if Apple updates AppleWorks. Its about time !

Maybe they have just waited until Office 2004 was out. I hope so. Appleworks 6 is just not cutting the mustard.

It would be great if every new Mac would be bundled with a usable Office !
 
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moosecat

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Hmm... If you Google "Appleworks X", you find that some people erroneously refer to the current version as Appleworks X. In fact, this page includes an erroneous description of an already-existing book about the current version.

I'm not sure I would read much into this.
 
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Zaty

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CmdrLaForge said:
It would be great if every new Mac would be bundled with a usable Office !

Yeah, that would be great, every mac (not only consumer macs) coming with iLife and AW X. Most user wouldn't need to buy any other apps.
 
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FoxyKaye

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Ditto to a lot of stuff people have said. I managed a "Preview" version of Office 2004 earlier this year through a friend in a high-tech firm, and I was so mortified by what happened to it I switched back to my school licensed version of Office X. Yuck.

I'd love a fully Office-compatible version of AppleWorks that is rebuilt from the ground up for Jaguar/Panther/Tiger. I remember using AppleWorks 1.3 on my old, old, old Apple //c in 1983 and even in gradeschool thought it was a pretty cool program. I even bought a copy of SpellWorks ($40!) to do automatic spelling checks before that feature was added in AppleWorks 2.0 - AppleWorks isn't a bad program, it's just a little dated right now.
 
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azdude

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Baseless speculation:

My money's on Appleworks X at Expo Paris alongside the iMac G5. :D
 
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michaelrjohnson

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moosecat said:
Hmm... If you Google "Appleworks X", you find that some people erroneously refer to the current version as Appleworks X. In fact, this page includes an erroneous description of an already-existing book about the current version.

I'm not sure I would read much into this.

Good point, that's quite possibly what's happened here. Though, we can still hope for an update to the long-outdated Appleworks!
 
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moosecat

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michaelrjohnson said:
Good point, that's quite possibly what's happened here. Though, we can still hope for an update to the long-outdated Appleworks!

However, my own point is undercut by this: There already is a Visual Quickstart book on Appleworks 6.something. So they are either revamping it and coming out with a whole new edition, or this new listing does indeed relate to a new version of Appleworks.

(I just made an interesting typo: Maybe an Apple word processor could be called Applewords. :) )
 
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clcnyc

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That would be nice!

It might just desuade me from paying all that money just so I can have Word for Mac on my machine :eek:
 
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appleface

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perhaps the biggest advantage (for apple) would be that it could use AWX to encourage educational institutions that they wouldn't need to buy any word processing, database, spreadsheet apps if they choose apple.

appleworks would fit well into iLife.
 
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Freg3000

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Well it could be an error, but would the authors of a book that goes in depth into a product get it's name wrong?
 
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SeaFox

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I vote "wrong"

I thought previous rumors had stated they were changing the name to iWorks, or were changing to a suite of programs like MS Office rather than one program that did it all. Anybody remember that? The word processor named "Document"? Keynote being a component? Anyone?
 
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Zaty

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SeaFox said:
I thought previous rumors had stated they were changing the name to iWorks, or were changing to a suite of programs like MS Office rather than one program that did it all. Anybody remember that? The word processor named "Document"? Keynote being a component? Anyone?

As for the name change, didn't someone at Apple say the original name for GarageBand was iBand (or something), but they then decided to leave the "i" track? Apple Works X would make sense if it was in fact a newly written Cocoa app.
 
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stingerman

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Zaty said:
As for the name change, didn't someone at Apple say the original name for GarageBand was iBand (or something), but they then decided to leave the "i" track? Apple Works X would make sense if it was in fact a newly written Cocoa app.

It's time to change the name altogether. Apple will probably come up with something new.
 
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Demon Hunter

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appleface said:
perhaps the biggest advantage (for apple) would be that it could use AWX to encourage educational institutions that they wouldn't need to buy any word processing, database, spreadsheet apps if they choose apple.

appleworks would fit well into iLife.

I agree, AppleWorks would seem to be the last piece to iLife.

Maybe Keynote was just to test the waters and see if there was a market for Mac productivity software that didn't include Microsoft.

I don't see AppleWorks lasting much longer, if it isn't updated... even at it's current price tag it lags seriously behind on many fronts. Apple has invested a lot of time into it though... I'm very excited about this...
 
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Mudbug

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moosecat said:
Hmm... If you Google "Appleworks X", you find that some people erroneously refer to the current version as Appleworks X. In fact, this page includes an erroneous description of an already-existing book about the current version.

I'm not sure I would read much into this.

this is why it's page 2 - there's no corroboration from anywhere else that I can find - BUT - they have a listing on the same site for the AppleWorks 6 visual quickstart guide which leads me to believe they are two separate entities.

That, and the fact that it's got an ISBN number... which gives this link if googled (corroborating evidence)
 
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macridah

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I hope apple comes out with their on office suite ... i do want to be a M$ free as possible. I bet apple could make a better office suite if they tried.

But do you think M$ will stop making office for Mac's. That's what they did with IE when Safari came out. I still think Office for mac's must still exist for coporate users.
 
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mwpeters8182

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I don't think AW is the missing piece of iLife, as iLife is branded as the suite of programs for the other parts of your life besides work. That said, i'd love to have it as part of iLife, and have it be perfectly office compatible.
 
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rotorblade

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AW-X

If AW-X comes to fruition, I hope it includes compatibility with the OpenOffice and StarOffice file formats.
 
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