iWork for iPad



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I am still very confused with the way that people rip the iPad and its apps.
Clearly this is a portable device, not a full laptop or a laptop or even desktop replacement.
It is meant for quick mobile computing.
I have a desktop for full computing.
I think that the reviews are spot-on, if not a bit low given what they can do and how polished they are.
I have created tremendous docs with these apps and love each one.



I hope this review does not appear in Mac|Life. It is very apparent that the reviewer of iWorks did not actually use iWorks to do any work. Pages and Keynote are stripped versions of their counterparts on the Mac. At best, they deserve an average rating. In addition to the shortcomings mentioned in previous comments above, you cannot create headers or rooters for pages after page one! In this current version of Page for the iPad, you MUST create a header or footer on the first page for it to appear on subsequent pages. This is not good if you have a ttle page. This is a very basic feature of any word processor.

Also, there are several basic fonts missing from Pages. As noted above, any Pages documents imported from the Mac loses some formatting. I lost headers and footers importing into Pages. I also found that colums with that words underlined had the underlining show up between columns. I ran into this before when importing AppleWorks and Word documents into Pages on the Mac. While I like iWorks for the iPad, it is not ready to any serious work when you are using your iPad. I must add that I have yet use Numbers on the iPad. While I am avid user of Keynote on the Mac I have not Keynote on the iPad but several serious users of Keynote have reported that Keynote does a very poor job of importing and exporting Keynote files.



While you see printing as the Achille's Heel of the iPad, for those of us in education (supposedly one of the largest potential markets for this device), there are a couple of other things that are barriers to (early) adoption: in Keynote, significant changes (apart from the omission of Presenter Notes) are made to the document (such as the ungrouping of objects, disastrous on slides with complex builds) and in Pages, the iPad file format strips out things like multiple-section-headers and - unbelievably - footnotes!We are also not entirely sure what will happen with synched documents: If you synch a Keynote or Pages document to the iPad, modify it, and then synch it back to the Mac, will this modified version (with the aforementioned limitations) replace the versions on the Mac (which may originally have had footnotes, group builds, multiple-section-headers, who knows what else). How does one distinguish between originals and iPad-modified-versions?Apple's knowledge base document http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4066 indicates "During the import process, Keynote creates a copy of the imported document and retains the original." But provides no other information regarding the synching process' effect on the original and iPad-copy.



I have to take exception with your review. After switching my family and my business from PCs to Macs a few years ago; I've become an Apple loyalist ( to a fault, some might say). I saw the iPad as an opportunity to lighten the load while traveling as well as enhance small group presentations, of which we do many. We not only use iWork exclusively; but expose many businesses to iWork tools. Sadly the iPad version doesn't work well with many of the attributes of it's own "bigger" version. Embedded video is a staple of many business presentations and is a hallmark of our deliverables. We hire professional documentary filmmakers and editors in order to have high production values. When you move your deck onto your iPad; the video is stripped out. I have yet to discern how to get the video clips back in. Fonts and other style points are so limited, that any of our highly designed decks become unrecognizeable. Really, Apple? If this was an HP slate running windows, I'd almost expect this....but Apple? It's a huge disappointment.
Printing isn't that big of a deal, our business doesn't print much. Another major flaw is when you pull a Pages doc onto the iPad, much formatting as well as headers and footers get stripped out. And this is being positioned as a business tool? My plans to equip each employee with an iPad are permanently on hold; as the effort required to get any work done with this makes it not worth the effort. A final disappointment was the means used to bring an iWork file onto the iPad; it's tough to find and is clunky. My iPad is a great device for reading email in the airport or my kitchen. For work? Not so much. If you plan to buy iWork for your fifth grader to complete their homework; it would be great, other than the lack of printing. If you plan on using it for presentations or creating professional documents, I would wait until Apple either brings the functionality up to par, or waiting until a third-party does so. Until then, iWork is more like iWork Lite.

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