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iwork 08. should I buy it?


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anyone use it? do you like or not?

Im told its compatible with ms office files and windows. is this true?

I can send files to windows users and visa versa?


pages, numbers, keynote are the apps right?

this is not just appleworks with a new name is it? appleworks was pretty limiting.
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Why don't you download the free trial?
http://www.apple.com/iwork/trial/

And yes, the apps are pages, numbers and keynote.
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I have the trial actually, when the 30 days are up, what happens? does it stop working?
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Of course it stops working!
Iwork is very useful, absolutely worth it.
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Iwork is very useful, absolutely worth it.
Gets my vote too (for what its worth)
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so can I exchange, create, edit files with windows users? I believe it can be done, but Im just checking. I will mess with the app more before the 30 days runs out. thanks
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so can I exchange, create, edit files with windows users?
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*but they may not be 100% compatible, maybe just 99% compatible
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Files created in IWorks can be opened, read, and modified in Microsoft Office. However, files created in Microsoft Office, when opened in IWorks, may not have all the file's features, formatting, etc. appear as they would if opened in Microsoft Office.

You should try what happens exactly.
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I definitely recommend this product. It makes professional looking spreadsheets, presentations, and documents. Some people prefer Office because they're more used to it. If you can get used to the small changes, go for it. (If you're used to the Mac interface, you should be fine.)

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I know I'm the only person on the forum who still likes the old appleworks. But I say have a look into that. It's only a pages replacement. But I use it in tandem with pages cause it can read .cwk files.

.cwk standing for claris works before it came appleworks. And appleworks just kept the old extension.

But on it's own iwork is worth the effort. Keynote blows powerpoint out of the water. And numbers for most things in about on par with excel.
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Yes, you can exchange files with windows user. iWorks is nice... the only thing I didn't like about it was that you have to export in "doc" format... this leaves two files on your HD - doc and iWorks. I use word processing a lot so it was a pain for me... but maybe not for you.


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so can I exchange, create, edit files with windows users? I believe it can be done, but Im just checking. I will mess with the app more before the 30 days runs out. thanks
Yes, I've tried and it works perfectly.
Download the word file and it will appear just as a text file. Then go to pages and click open...

I've tried it with word 2003 ans word 97 documents and both work,

Must buy, I can actually create nice spreadsheets now!
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I use iWork 08 regularly. Very good software. Be sure to check out the tutorials on Apple's site - well worth the time.

And for those things that don't fit/work with something on Windows side, I use NeoOffice (free).
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Yes, you can exchange files with windows user. iWorks is nice... the only thing I didn't like about it was that you have to export in "doc" format... this leaves two files on your HD - doc and iWorks. I use word processing a lot so it was a pain for me... but maybe not for you.
How often do you send to a office user?

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not too often at all really these days. I just wanted to make sure it can be done if need be.
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