Apple iWork '06
iWork '06 is Apple's latest update to the closest thing it has to a productivity suite. The two included applications, the slide-show creation tool, Keynote 3, and the graphical page layout program, Pages 2, aren't quite of the same ilk. Keynote 3 is certainly a pro-level tool, being a solid competitor to, but Pages 2 does not really go head-to-head with Microsoft Word, although it boasts new features and is a breeze to use. While Word is a kitchen-sink text editor, with a feature list that verges on bloat, Pages 2 does fewer things. In graphical layouts, it beats Word easily, but it doesn't include features that professional writers need, such as footnoting. You can't buy the applications separately, so you'll have to determine for yourself whether you need both Pages 2 and Keynote 3 or whether one is worth the price of both. Still, though this is no Office killer (no spreadsheet application--yet), iWork '06's combination of power and simplicity can be great for the home or SOHO user.