Apple launches iWork ’09 and iWork.com service to compete with Google applications

Keynote ’09 features advanced transitions that automatically animate objects from a selection of effects; and Magic Move, an innovative way to create sophisticated animations without more than applying a simple transition. Pages ’09 incorporates a new Full Screen view to help the user focus on writing and an Outline mode to organize ideas. Numbers ’09 introduces a quick way to group and consolidate data and an extremely simplified way to create complicated formulas. Apple has also announced the public beta of iWork.com, a new service that Apple is developing to share iWork ’09 documents online.

Keynote ’09 launches Magic Move, which allows the user to apply a simple transition to automatically animate the position, scale, rotation and opacity of any image, graphic or text that is repeated on consecutive slides. New text transitions blend text from one slide to the next. New advanced transitions animate objects exiting one slide and entering the next with a selection of effects. 3D graphics now include cylindrical shapes, beveled-edge pie charts, new textures, and four new 3D effects. The Keynote Remote application, sold separately on the App Store, allows the user to view the presenter’s slides and notes, and control the presentation, from their iPhone or iPod touch.

The Full Page view of Pages ’09 allows the user to focus on their document without distraction and reveals the menus, the format bar and the page navigator only when necessary. Outline mode includes templates that help you quickly build the structure of your documents and allow the user to collapse, expand, and rearrange items, including embedded graphics, with ease. MathType 6 support enables engineers, mathematicians, and students to easily add sophisticated equations to their documents, and integration with EndNote X2 enables comprehensive bibliographic references to be added and edited. Pages ’09 also includes 40 new templates designed by Apple, including letters, posters, certificates and documents coordinated to compose a complete stationery.

Numbers ’09 provides a solution to quickly categorize data by column, which the user can collapse, expand, and consolidate for quick insight into large data sets. Numbers ’09 makes writing formulas remarkably easy, thanks to a streamlined browse feature that includes help for over 250 functions, plus visual bookmarks with help tools that explain each variable within a formula. The new List Formulas view can be used to see all the formulas in the spreadsheet and go directly to the cell of any formula with a single click. New charting options include the ability to combine different types of statistical charts, two-axis charts, and the ability to apply trend lines and error bars. Numbers graphics pasted into Pages or Keynote documents are linked and can be updated with a single click.

iWork.com, online collaboration

Apple has also launched the public beta version of iWork.com, a new service Apple is developing to share iWork ’09 documents online. Using their Apple ID, the user simply clicks the iWork.com icon in the Keynote, Pages, or Numbers toolbar to upload their document to the Internet and invite others to view it online. Viewers of the document online can provide comments and notes, and download a copy of the document in iWork, Microsoft Office, or PDF formats. A consolidated online list of all documents shared by the user shows whether the people who have viewed each document have left comments.

Price and availability

iWork ’09 is available at the recommended price of 79 euros in the Apple Store (www.apple.com) and in the authorized Apple sales channel. In addition, iWork ´09 is also available at launch at a special price of 59 euros when purchased together with any Mac computer in the Apple Store online (www.apple.com/es).

iWork ’09 requires Mac OS X version 10.4.11, Mac OS X version 10.5.6 or later; a Macintosh computer with an Intel processor, PowerPC G5 or PowerPC G4 processor running at 500 MHz or faster; 512 MB of RAM (1GB recommended); 32 MB video RAM; QuickTime 7.5.5 or later; DVD drive for package installation and 1.2 GB of available disk space. The iWork.com public beta is not included in the purchase of iWork ’09. It is required to register and activate an account. And it may be subject to the payment of a subscription fee. It is also necessary to have access to the Internet and iWork ´09. The Terms and Conditions can be consulted at http://www.apple.com/legal/iworkcom/en/terms.html