“The biggest news from Apple Computer last week might not be the $99 iPod Shuffle or the $499 Mac Mini,” Mark Kellner writes for The Washington Times. “The big news might well be a $79 software package that received somewhat less attention: iWork combines Apple’s already-sound Keynote presentation software (now called Keynote 2) with a new word processor/document publisher called Pages. Oh, and did I mention the $79 retail price tag for both, 20 percent less than Keynote alone originally cost two years ago?”
Kellner writes, “As good as PowerPoint is, it’s not the easiest software to use. It’s so widespread that you can often tell a PowerPoint presentation from a mile away. And at $230 it’s not cheap. So here’s Keynote 2, offering new themes for your presentations, integration with photos, video and music already on your computer, and what Apple says is ‘cinema-quality’ text and graphics animation. All this for about one-third the price of PowerPoint, and you get the word processor. Pages — which I hope to see and test later this week — will import and export Microsoft Word files. That’s crucial: If it works with Word, a company’s IT department will have less to gripe about when employees want to use it.”
Kellner writes, “Buy a $499 Mac Mini from Apple, add $75 in a needed memory upgrade (to 512 megabytes), and the $79 iWork package and you are ready to unplug your PC and recycle the monitor, keyboard and mouse for use with the new Mac product. And did I mention that the Mac OS comes with an e-mail client and Web browser? Or that Apple is loading the iLife/iTunes/iMovie trio on all the new Mac Minis? It’s a formidable package… Apple is strutting with a little more swagger these days, and if that isn’t making Microsoft’s Bill Gates even the smallest bit uncomfortable, perhaps it should.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Kellner’s up to his neck in hyperbole about iWork being “the big news,” bigger news than the Mac mini, which was obviously the highlight of the show, if not the decade. But, it’s a nice use of hyperbole, because it draws our attention to iWork, which certainly deserves the notice. Find out more about Apple’s new iWork and how you can create, present, and publish your work with style here.