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A post chockful of iLife ’09 and Work ’09 reviews and tips

It has been almost a month since the release of iLife ’09 and a little more than that for iWork ’09. There had been a lot of reviews, almost all of them positive, about Apple’s latest iteration of their office and multimedia suite. There also have been a fair number of useful tips posted for these new apps.

This post is about a month’s worth of iLife ’09 and iWork ’09 reviews and tips. Most of the tips come from Macworld, a very good resource for the latest news, reviews and everything else Mac.

One more thing: posting iLife ’09 or iWork ’09 reviews may seem like I’m preaching to the choir. But if you are planning to purchase iLife ’09, iWork ’09 or both, it’s better to know the strengths and weaknesses of the apps that you’re getting from these suites.

One last thing: PowerPC Mac owners should know ahead of time that one feature in GarageBand may not work for them. Ars Technica reported that one of the system requirements for GarageBand’s Learn to Play is “an Intel-based Mac with a dual-core processor or better”.

Tips
iWork
Use the keyboard to entering formula in Numbers ’09
Swap texture fills among iWork ’09 apps

iLife
Creating slideshows with titles and watermarks
Extracting audio from movies
Adding new locations to iMovie ’09
Changing how iPhoto ’09’s Add New Faces box resizes
Getting audio in to your Mac
iMovie photo management
Apple’s bug fixes for iLife ’09

Reviews
Macworld
GarageBand ’09
iMovie ’09
iPhoto ’09
iWeb ’09
iPhoto and iMovie ’09 (podcast)

iLife ’09
CNet
PC Mag
USA Today
Wall Street Journal

iWork ’09
CNet
PC Advisor
PC Mag
Sydney Morning Herald
T3
TrustedReviews

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Apple: there are compatibility issues with iWork ’09 files

Apple has acknowledged that iWork ’09 files can not be opened by users still using iWork ’08.

The work around for this issue is to save iWork ’09 files as iWork ’08 or Microsoft Office files.

[source: MacNN]

Filed under: iWork

How to make animated charts in Keynote

Creative Bits have posted a how-to on creating animated charts in Keynote.

For more Keynote tips, head on to KeynoteUser.com.

Please check out TUAW for their first look at Keynote or a more detailed look, go to Macworld’s review

[source: TUAW]

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iWork ’08 update

Apple has released an update to their iWork ’08 suite which includes Keynote 4.0.4, Pages 3.0.3. and Numbers 1.0.3.

All the updates are described as addressing general compatibility issues with an added note for Keynote that says “This update addresses compatibility issues with Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2008…”

Fire up Software Update or go to Apple’s support download pages for Keynote, Pages, and Numbers.

[source: Macworld]

Filed under: iWork,

Pirated iWork ’09 contains trojan; fix released

Soon after Apple released iWork ’09 during Macworld San Francisco 09, copies of the updated office suite for the Mac started appearing in torrent and warez sites.

Now comes the bad news and not-so-good news.

Bad news: these copies of iWork ’09 come with a trojan as reported by a security firm.

Not-so-good news: another security firm has released a free fix for the trojan.

Why did I say that the release of the removal tool is not-so-good news? That’s because this provides a solution for people who opted to steal rather than buy the software.

I’ve pirated software in the past. I still do but not as much as before. I made a firm decision when I switched to the Mac that I was going to lessen my pirating ways, and hopefully, real soon, stop it altogether. I have my reasons which I will talk about soon.

In the meantime, please do not pirate. Almost every commercial application out there has an alternative that is free. May not be as snazzy as the paid app is but it does the job.

If you don’t know where to get these free software, you can always ask other users.

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MWSF 09: iWork ’09

Last January 6, 2009, Apple held its Macworld San Francisco keynote with Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing, taking the stage.

During Apple’s final Macworld keynote, the company introduced new versions of their multimedia suite, iLife, and office suite, iWork. Apple also released the new 17-inch MacBook Pro, which completes the lineup of Apple’s portable into the unibody design. Last but not the least, Apple announced DRM-free songs at the iTunes store.

This post will discuss new features in iWork ’09.

Apple released their office suite for the Mac on 2005 with Keynote version 2 and the first release of Pages. In 2007, Apple announced the release of iWork ’08 updating both Keynote and Pages as well as adding in the spreadsheet application, Numbers. This year, iWork ’09 brings more improvements to the office suite as well as introduction of a new service, iWork.com.

Keynote
Keynote was first released on 2003, competing against Microsoft’s own presentation software, Powerpoint. Version 2 of the software was sold together with Pages in iWork ’05 office suite.

Keynote ’09 shows these new features and improvements:

  • Magic Move lets you move an image from one part of a slide to another part of the next slide using a quick, easy to use process. The change in location, scale, rotation, and opacity are done automatically.
  • Enchanced theme chooser lets you view the included fonts, colors, and textures more clearly. Eight new themes have also been added
  • Text- and object-based transition morphs text from one slide to the next slide
  • New 3D charts and chart animations
  • Keynote Remote lets iPhone or iPod touch users control their presentation using Wi-Fi. The Keynote Remote app is a $0.99 download from the App Store

    Pages
    The first version of Pages was bundled together with Keynote version 2 on January 11, 2005 in what was known as iWork ’05, Apple’s own office suite for Mac OS X. Version 1 was more of a page layout application but later versions saw the word processing aspect of the software improved upon.

    Pages ’09 lays down the following:

  • Full-screen view lets the user to see the document full screen allowing the user to focus on what he’s working on and hide the distractions from the desktop or from the rest of the opened applications
  • New Outline mode
  • Mail merge with Numbers or with Address Book
  • Enhanced Template Chooser lets previewing and choosing templates easier and more convenient
  • Ability to insert complex equations into documents via a third-party software, MathType

    Numbers
    Numbers came late into the game. It became part of iWork three years after the release of the office suite. Numbers is a spreadsheet application that’s easy to use and breaks away from the conventional look and feel of other spreadsheet programs.

    Numbers ’09 new additions are:

  • Over 250 functions and new 2D chart options added
  • Formula List view lets you see every calculation in your spreadsheet at one time
  • With large sets of data, rows can now be grouped according to any data in a column
  • Linked Charts lets charts created in Numbers and then copied to either Pages or Keynote to stay linked to the original data. Any changes made to the data in Numbers, updating Pages or Keynote requires just one click.
  • Enhanced Template Chooser lets previewing and choosing templates easier and more convenient

    iWork.com
    iWork.com was launched as a free beta during Macworld San Franciso ’09. It brings iWork documents to the web and allowing for multiple collaborators. The service can be accessed using any web browser running under Mac OS X or Windows. Collaborators can only add notes or comments, not directly edit the document. Apple will eventually shift to a fee-based model once iWork.com is out of beta.

    Pricing and availability
    iWork ’09 is selling for $79 at the US Apple Online Store and Php4,590.00 at the Philippine Apple Online Store. iWork ’09 is also available for only $49 with every purchase of a Mac from the Apple Store or from Authorized Apple Resellers.

    If you want to save some money, you can get the combo pack of iWork ’09, iLife ’09, and Mac OS 10.5 Leopard for only $169. Called the Mac Box Set, it bundles all these three together and a very good option for those who haven’t upgraded to the Leopard operating system yet. The Mac Box Set is available at the Philippine Apple Online Store for Php9880.

    Product pages:

  • Keynote
  • Pages
  • Numbers
  • iWork.com
  • Mac Box Set

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