31 August, 2007
iWork ‘08 is a major upgrade to iWork ’06, with Pages 3 for word processing and layout, Keynote 4 for presentations and kiosks, and it sports a new spreadsheet application, Numbers. All three office applications can read from and write to not only Microsoft Office files, but also Flash, PDF, and more.
Pages now has two separate options for word processing and page layout, and is easier to work with than Microsoft Word in both areas. Templates are readily available at startup (unless you don’t want them there).
Keynote has always beat PowerPoint and in its newest version it does it again. Now with easier animation (quoting Steve Jobs, now even “mere mortals can do this.”) including smart builds and instant alpha, Keynote makes presentation-making easy, and for sharing, there is a nice QuickTime option.
System requirements are slightly heavy. You need Mac OS X 10.4.10 (for those who haven’t upgraded) and QuickTime 7.2 (which apparently has fullscreen built-in free), but the upgrades are worth it.
iWork ’08 is definitely the best choice for an office suite on a Mac. I think Microsoft can stop its production of Office for the Mac (especially if you compare $79 for iWork and $399.95 for Office). There are better PIMs than Entourage out there, which has an early OS X look to it.
Overall, I give iWork ’08 5 apples out of 5. Its ease of use and low price are no match for any other Office suite for the Mac out there. You can buy it at an Apple store or online.
17 August, 2007
iMovie ’08 has been criticized as being too simple and can’t do what it used to be able to do, but that’s only true if you don’t take into consideration the rest of the iLife suite. iMovie ’08 was made to be simple. Keep that in mind. It was made for you to be able to quickly throw your clips in order for later editing. It can be exported to various movie formats, to a Final Cut *.XML, and now YouTube!
Now, iMovie HD 6 can be downloaded from Apple’s website
if you want those effects again. All you have to do is export the movie from ’08 and drag it into HD 6, where you can add your chapter markers and effects. If you want to edit sound and music, that’s what GarageBand was made for – audio. You can still export it as a movie in GarageBand. However, if you want to export to iDVD, then you better download iMovie HD 6.
Apple’s iLife focus seems to only be on iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, GarageBand, and iWeb (iWeb mostly for marketing purposes with .Mac
). It looks like Apple’s doing one of those one-big-jump-per-decade thing again. It was making computing personal in 1977, taking away the command-line in 1983, and taking away the floppy in 1998. Is Apple moving away from the DVD this decade? That topic’s worthy of its own blog post. Stick around!
Oh, by the way, what are your thoughts on iMovie ’08’s simplicities? Do you think it’s not really “simplified” like the way I explained it, or do you think you’d rather want something all-in-one instead of splitting up the tasks into various apps?
8 August, 2007
Yesterday Apple released a new iMac line with the Intel Core 2 Duo Santa Rosa processor. There are no more 17-inch iMacs, just 20- and 24-inch ones. I love the new design. The iMacs are much more beautiful than before. Where it said “iMac” on the back is now an Apple logo. It’s also quite thinner. I also like the new keyboard – it’s very stylish.
Apple also released iLife 08 and iWork 08. I downloaded the iWork 08 trial
and it can very easily replace Microsoft Office. I’ll be getting one of these new iMacs for Christmas 😛
5 August, 2007
The Commodore 64 is probably the best-sold personal computer in the history of personal computing. The biggest reason is because of its price: $499. These old buddies were nice and easy to use with a simple BASIC language. Lots of C64 resources are available online, including the full manual. I’ll be putting this one on my wish list…
Frodo is a C64 emulator for Mac OS X – try this nice little machine out! 🙂