Review of iWork’09

Ars Technica has a review of iWork’09. iWork is, as the name might hint, an office suite for Mac OS X.

I bought it together with my two new Macs, so I’ve had a chance to try it out myself.

I have been using iWork’08 for about a year, since I got my first Mac (at the office) and I am very pleased with Keynote and Numbers (although the latter is not something I use a whole lot, but on the few occasions where I need a spreadsheet I find it quite nice).  Pages is ok, I guess, for shorter documents, but for any serious paper writing I use LaTeX anyway, so I haven’t used it that much.

Compared to ’08, there isn’t a whole lot new in ’09.  A few more templates, a “share” menu item instead of “export” (where “share” also allows you to directly email documents in various formats) and a “full screen” mode.

None of the features would be enough for me to upgrade by itself, but since I bought an iMac for home and a MacBook for travelling, I needed to get it for those anyway, so I got a multi-machine licence and installed it at the office as well.

If you have a Mac, I recommend it just for Keynote.  It is by far the best presentation tool I have used.  Pages and Numbers is just a nice added bonus.

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Last week in the blogs

Another week has passed, so here is my round-up of the posts I liked last week…

Apes

Genetics