Intuitive interface design and easy access to useful features make iWork the best office suite choice on the Mac. Though it lacks some of Microsoft Office's advanced options, iWork '09 is an emerging powerhouse in its own right.
Although Microsoft Office 2007 offers deeper features, particularly for number crunchers, Apple iWork '08 is a strong Mac productivity package and a pleasure to use.
Apple's new iWork software is less than a suite, more than an application, but it may become something greatly useful.
Apple recently updated its iWork suite of apps and services to include password protecting specific documents.
Not only did Apple ship its latest update to OS X this year, it also gave away iWork for free.
Overall, Apple iWork '06 is a compelling package, though mostly due to Keynote 3. Keynote 3 is a better tool than PowerPoint, and Pages 2 offers some intriguing new features, though professional users will still yearn for Adobe FrameMaker.
Although not all of the features that were spiked have returned, some of the biggies have, including the customized toolbar.
The company releases an iWork update that adds Google Docs-like collaboration features that Apple announced last month.
Following criticism from users, the company says it will add features like customized toolbars and shortcuts to updated versions of the free software over the next six months.
Those who downloaded a 30-day free trial of iWork have been able to update to the latest, full version free of charge this week, according to 9to5Mac.