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New iWork and iLife Apps

Time to bite the bullet.

There are certain things I need to use the older versions of Pages and Numbers for, but as of today, I'm going to make a concerted effort to switch over to the newer versions of the applications. I'm also going to seriously start using the iCloud storage capabilities of each app and see how I fare. 

Some of the changes in Pages I can't live without for specific reasons. The main ones being the ability to create merge fields and linked text boxes, two features I use extensively when creating the ScreenCastsOnline Monthly magazine. But I still have Pages 08 on my machine, so I'll revert back to that when doing magazine production work. 

I noticed a few issues with copying and pasting in the latest version of Numbers but I'll need to re-visit to test it properly. I use Numbers very infrequently and not for anything too complex. 

I only use Keynote sparingly and only when I need to deliver a presentation, so I don't envisiage any major issues adopting it. I have seen some complaints about a lack of customisation in the Presenter Display options, but they should not affect me.

As time goes on, I'm seeing less and less complaints about the new versions of the apps, and seeing more comments on how people are finding them easier to use, once any functionality issues are worked around.

It will be interesting to see how it goes, epsecially as I need to start formulating my approach to covering all the new apps on ScreenCastsOnline tutorials.

My current thinking is to tackle each application on a weekly basis in both the Mac and iOS show. So one week, cover say Pages for Mac on the Mac show, and in the same week, Pages for iOS on the iOS show.

Seems reasonable, but I will probably throw in some none iWork and iLife shows over the next month or two to break things up. 

I'd better get working.




Reader Comments (1)

Hope you will get success in your experiments and you will show the best results here.

December 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaj

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