IGG Software changes name of ‘iWork’ to ‘iBiz’ – clearing the way for Apple’s iWork?

Last week, we mentioned a report by ThinkSecret that stated that Apple will launch a new “iWork ’05” productivity suite at Macworld Expo San Fransicso. The software is said to “include Keynote 2 as well as a new application, Pages,” Ryan Katz reported for ThinkSecret.com. “iWork ’05 will require a 500MHz system and Mac OS X 10.3.6 , sources say. Additionally, the software will require a serial number. It’s unclear whether the new iLife ’05 will also require a serial number–previous versions have not. Also unknown is where iWork ’05 pricing will fall. It’s unclear whether Pages will simply encompass a word processing application or whether Apple will wrap spreadsheet functionality into it as well.”

“What is almost certain, however, is that iWork will come bundled with most, if not all, of Apple’s new systems, including the new $500 headless iMac. Such a move will enable Apple to market the affordable system as being ready-to-go out of the box with all the software most needed by users, including PC switchers,” Katz reported. Full article here.

In the MacDailyNews Reader Feedback to the original article, MDN reader “Solar Flare” remarked that, “There is already a company producing ‘iWork’: http://www.iggsoftware.com/iwork/ Looks like Apple will have to call it something else if it is gonna happen.”

Today, MDN Reader “macnut222” reports that IGG Software’s ‘iWork’ has been recently (as in today) changed to ‘iBiz’ – http://www.iggsoftware.com/ibiz/ (The web page states: “iBiz: formerly IGG Software’s ‘iWork'”)

MacDailyNews Take: A very interesting development.

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RUMOR: Apple to debut ‘iWork ’05’ productivity suite at Macworld Expo – January 01, 2005

43 Comments

  1. Citizen X: “Pages works for me, especially if it encompasses OpenDoc components. Maybe there is a “page”, which contains word processing elements, graphics and spreadsheet functions, not separate applications that work together.”

    Most likely the apps will be separated for retail reasons. Expect to see a bundled package and stand alones (lowers cost of entry for some). I predict the bundle will be availabe on new systems at a discounted price (not free). People who already own MS Office will get a discount as well.

    Although there is a lot of speculation out there about “iWork” being a ported version of OpenOffice… I highly doubt it. The GPL on OpenOffice requires that people make modified versions available for free. I am most certain that “iWork” is based on the ClarisWorks suite. Last time I checked, Keynote was written in-house.

  2. If this is true, I worry about what it means for the excellent but in-need-of-consumer-suport Nisus Writer Express. It’s an able Word replacement in beautiful Cocoa without the bloat of OOo etc. I’d love to see what Apple can do in this arena, was wishing for iWork a couple years ago; but I think my loyalty will remain with Nisus, they really deserve it.

  3. Knowing Apples ingenuity, I’d have to say that if they come out with an office app. it will change the way we look at documents. It will be different then a separate spreadsheet app, a page layout app, and a word app, but rather a complete document application. Pages might be one application that can do all these things together. Perhaps integrate with Filemaker for interactive documents, web pages and application interfaces.

  4. Mike: “Knowing Apples ingenuity, I’d have to say that if they come out with an office app. it will change the way we look at documents. It will be different then a separate spreadsheet app, a page layout app, and a word app, but rather a complete document application. Pages might be one application that can do all these things together. Perhaps integrate with Filemaker for interactive documents, web pages and application interfaces.”

    Apple doesn’t build “everything-but-the-kitchen-sink” apps. iLife isn’t an app, but a bundling of different apps. If you don’t have a DVD writer, why buy iDVD? I think the same logic applies to iWork. As a person who uses spreadsheets a lot, I can honestly say building business quality spreadsheets requires an independent app. I just don’t see how a document and spreadsheet can co-exist in the same app without bloated code.

    iWork won’t be an app, but a bundle of “Pages”, Keynote, “Sheets” (idunno, aren’t pages and sheets “literally” the same), and possibly Filemaker (for the pros). Or it could just be another name for AppleWorks 7. Who knows?

  5. iThink this could be huge. Apple could have the whole show, and it certainly is more reasons for people to switch. After that happens, and marketshare grows, we can then start to watch the games come our way!

  6. Edge,

    “Although there is a lot of speculation out there about “iWork” being a ported version of OpenOffice… I highly doubt it. The GPL on OpenOffice requires that people make modified versions available for free. I am most certain that “iWork” is based on the ClarisWorks suite. Last time I checked, Keynote was written in-house.”

    Imagine a “page”, blank that can contain wordprocessing elements, graphics and a spreadsheet. I guess my point is seperate applications may no longer be a requirement

    “Although there is a lot of speculation out there about “iWork” being a ported version of OpenOffice… I highly doubt it. The GPL on OpenOffice requires that people make modified versions available for free. I am most certain that “iWork” is based on the ClarisWorks suite. Last time I checked, Keynote was written in-house.”

    Not OpenOffice, OpenDoc. This page has all the (most) Apple of the Apple trademarked names, etc.

    http://www.apple.com/legal/trademark/appletmlist.html

    No iWork, no Pages, etc.

    The do have Pippin, an “interactive media player’.

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