iWork '09 - Retail box question.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by iMac430, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. iMac430 macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2008
    Hi everyone. I have a quick question about the iWork '09 Retail box (for those of you who bought it).

    I downloaded the iWork '09 trial from Apple's website. When I launched Pages I was greeted with the Buy or Try screen. I bought myself a serial number. I have noticed now, that when I go into any iWork app if I click Pages/Keynote/Numbers in the menubar next to the Apple logo, I get the menu for About, Preferences, Register iWork, Quit, etc.

    I know that the retial box copies no longer require a serial number. My question is this: does the retail iWork disc still show "Try iWork..." as a greyed out menu option under the Pages/Keynote/Numbers menu? For the trial (that was bought with a legit serial, it does) So I was wondering if the retial box version does also? Like this:


    Thank you in advance.
  2. FreeState macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Yes its there with iWork 09 installed from the store bought DVD.

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  3. iMac430 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2008
    That is really strange. I wonder if the retail version is the trial, but with a certain preference file changed or something.
  4. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Why is it strange? Apple just have the download version default to demo mode and the DVD version default to already paid for mode. It saves on costs as they don't need to maintain two versions of the same product.
  5. iMac430 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2008
    True. I didn't think about that. I was thinking about it in terms of piracy reasons - since there is so much talk about iWork and the trojan in pirated copies. I would think Apple would maintain two different versions to make pirating it harder since the retail doesn't require a serial number anymore.

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