Keynote or Pages

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  1. julienko3 macrumors regular

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    I'm thinking about getting iWork '08. What is the difference between these two programs? Which is better for what?

    Is Pages more a program for printing things like invitations and posters, while Keynote is something for digital presentations?

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  2. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Keynote is for Keynotes. Pages is for writing and making cards invitations and other graphics stuff. Keynote is basically powerpoint but better.
     
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Keynote is for presentations. Similar to PowerPoint.
    Pages is for "pages", or templates. Pages is used for letters, reports, brochures, and similar to Word.
     
  4. johnnie macrumors newbie

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    What if we use Pages or Keynote to create any file, can windows user use their PowerPoint or Word to open that file?
     
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    iWork can read Office files, excel/powerpoint/word/ etc, but not the other way around.
     
  6. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    No, but you can specifically export the files to Microsoft compatible formats. You'll lose some of the special sauce though, especially in Keynote.
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i am confused why everyone says keynote is better than ppt. i mean ppt 2008 is amazing in my opinion and is much easier for me to navigate than keynote is. i love being able to view slide thumbnails and the slide at the same time. i cant figure out how to do that on keynote effectivly

    imo, ppt 08 > keynote

    in fact, i believe office 08> iwork 08 by a landslide
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The fact that Office costs 5x more than iWork, better mean that Office 2008 is better than iWork.

    I find iWork just simplistic versions of Office. A lot of people don't use everything in Office, so just get NeoOffice instead of iWork.
     
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    5x? do you bother to look up real prices?

    the home version is 150 and you can get it for even cheaper (aka amazon for like 120)

    so its not even 2x as much and can even be 40 bucks more for what i feel are much more powerful programs
    http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Office-2008-Home-Student/dp/B000X86ZAS
     
  10. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Thats for Students if your not a student you really should buy the professional or the other version.
     
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  12. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, but if you use it for your job don't get the home edition. Most people will need the Professional edition. That one is expensive.
     
  13. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    true but at the same time, if you need it for work, the company will be providing the software on their machines.....
     
  14. clinetech macrumors newbie

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    iWork '08 is...

    iWork '08 comes with the following THREE (3) programs:

    - Pages (make documents, newletters, etc. A desktop publishing app.)
    - Keynote (create high-quality slideshows with incredible effects)
    - Number (spreadsheet program, nothing too special)

    You should definitely get iWork. For a free alternative, try OpenOffice.org for Mac.

    :apple:'s Rock!
     
  15. iChrisG macrumors member

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    I bought iWork when I got my Mac a month ago. It's great and basically just like Microsoft Office but cheaper and more Appleish. :apple:
     
  16. Saladinos macrumors 68000

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    I much prefer iWork to Office. Office for Mac is just horrible.

    iWork can export to PDF, which is readable on any platform.
     
  17. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, but office can also write to PDF and Many people need office support. If you need to send people .Doc files then get Office because pages never does it quite right.
     
  18. arjen92 macrumors 65816

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    I like iWork much better, but I got it both. Because, as the others said, when you send other people your work, they can't read it because they don't have it. But mostly I print things, so I don't need it to be compatible. And for keynote I export it to a quicktime movie, that's really neat. But keynote has way cooler effects. (I'm now trying to convert the people without a mac to buy a mac, when that's done, I don't need office at all).
     

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