“From bloggers to everyday users, almost everybody seems to have reacted to the release of the latest version of iWork with overwhelming negativity, and a general feeling that Apple is ‘dumbing down’ its apps to appeal to a broader audience,” Marco Tabini writes for Macworld.
“Judging from the amount of feedback that the new apps have received, the changes seem to affect just about everybody in some way,” Tabini writes. “It’s probably fair to say, however, that power users will suffer the most from the disappearance of many of iWork’s more advanced features—a situation that, of late, seems to repeat itself every time Apple comes out with a significant update to one of its apps.”
“Just about any piece of software Cupertino has released in the last few years, from operating systems to prosumer apps, has been driven by a deep-seated desire to simplify the way we do things,” Tabini writes. “Office suites like Microsoft Office and (in a lesser way) iWork have always struck me as odd pieces of technology: overly complicated if all you want to do is write a letter, and woefully inadequate if you need to perform very complicated tasks. This makes them perfect targets for Apple engineers and designers looking to shake things up.”
Much more in the full article here.
Apple: Forthcoming iWork releases will reintroduce features, add new ones – November 6, 2013