When we used a USB drive to transfer a file in Microsoft Word 2007's new .docx format to our Mac, Pages opened the file without a hitch. The same applies to .pptx and .xlsx files from PowerPoint and Excel 2007.
However, when we e-mailed ourselves a .docx file, Pages could not open it. Our Mac treated the .docx as a collection of XML content.
iWork '08 introduces conditional formatting, which means that the feature menus change to reflect what you're doing at the moment. When you select an image in Pages, for instance, options appear for changing the image's opacity, shadows, and placement.
Instant Alpha is imperfect, however, when dealing with jagged or fuzzy edges, such as the dirt we tried to delete from around the leaf. This feature works best when you're trying to cut out colors from distinct, clearly outlined shapes.
If you double-click an .xls file on a Mac that already has Excel installed, then Excel will open the spreadsheet. When using Numbers to open an .xls spreadsheet, the application warned us of potential changes to the sorting and formatting of our data.
Now you can add sound to a slide show. But if you create a voice narration, you'll have to record a perfect take for the length of the project. If you goof, unfortunately, you'll have to rerecord from scratch, and there are no per-slide playback controls.