iWork, Apple Works

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by captoats85, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. captoats85 macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Was AppleWorks so bad that Apple seemingly dumped development for iWork? It's kinda funny... all this excitement over an Apple spreadsheet app when there already is one.
  2. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    In a word....Yes.

    Long answer is that I believe Appleworks was never OS X native, so they started over from scratch.
  3. captoats85 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2006
    AppleWorks isn't terrible, it came for free on my Mini... but yeah, it doesn't feel/look like an OSX app at all. For basic use, it suffices though.
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    AppleWorks was good, especially for the price and the speed.

    The trouble is that it used a lot of code that couldn't be easily converted so it got minimal Mac OS X compatibility and that was the end.

    The iWork applications are certainly more modern and obviously, Keynote is a whole lot more powerful than AppleWorks' presentation module that replaced the communications module. Pages merges the capabilities of the word processing and drawing modules but still needs to mature.

    It's too bad that AppleWorks couldn't have continued but it's also a good thing because Apple were forced to do things properly.

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