Apple Adds Productivity Features to IWork

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Apple announced a new version of iWork, its collection of business productivity tools, during Tuesday's Macworld Expo keynote. iWork '09 features new versions of Keynote, Pages, and Numbers.

The updated version of Keynote, iWork's presentation component, adds a Magic Move feature in which users set a start and endpoint for slides and the program figures out the options for moving objects between them. The update also adds new transitions and themes.

Another new feature--Keynote Remote-- is an application for the iPhone and iPod touch that lets you control your presentation from your mobile device. The application will cost $1.

Pages '09 is highlighted by the addition of full-screen view that lets users focus completely on their writing project. Moving the mouse up to the top of the screen gives users access to Pages' menus.

The new version of Pages also adds a dynamic outline feature for organizing writing projects. The page view reflects any changes you make to the outline.

Other additions to Pages include support for MathType and EndNote formulas for scientists and academics and new templates.

Finally, Numbers '09 adds table categories to the spreadsheet application. Select a "categorize by this column" choice, and Numbers automatically creates a table based on that category.

A new formula window in Numbers lets you choose from many different functions--more than 250--with variables.

Numbers also features new chart options, including mixed chart types, multi-axis charts, charts with trendlines, and error bars. Users can link charts into Pages as well, with changes reflected in both iWork apps.

iWork '09 is shipping now. It costs $79, with a family pack available for $99. Apple is also bundling iWork '09 with iLife '09 in a $169 Mac Box Set that also includes Leopard. The box set ships later this month.

More information about iWork '09 will be posted shortly.

This story, "Apple Adds Productivity Features to IWork" was originally published by Macworld.

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