What Are the iWork Apps for iPad?
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iWork for iPad is an office suite, like Microsoft Office. Office suites provide applications that are, well, office-oriented. The iWork office suite includes three applications that are similar to Microsoft Office applications:
Pages: A word processing application (similar to Microsoft Word)
Numbers: A spreadsheet application (similar to Microsoft Excel)
Keynote: A presentation application (similar to Microsoft PowerPoint)
On Mac OS X, all three programs are sold together in iWork. On iPad, each of the programs is sold on its own. The same day that iPad was launched on its blockbuster career, Apple announced three iWork apps for $10 each. You can purchase the iWork for iPad apps from the App Store. Their features and integration are almost the same on both platforms.
Pages for the Mac adds a big desktop publishing plus in that it isn't just a word processor; it also allows you to create page layout documents. They have the type of structure you see in newspapers and magazines. An article on page one may be continued on page four, while another article on the first page may be continued on page eight. Also, objects such as photos are often placed in a specific position on a page, and they don't move as text is added or deleted.
iWork provides you with a variety of sophisticated tools to create your Pages documents. These include advanced font handling, color, tables, and charts, as well as the ability to place QuickTime movies and hypertext links in your Pages documents. iWork applications also provide a variety of template options for your documents.
Spreadsheets are about data (usually numbers) and fast calculation updates, but they can also help you organize data such as address lists and even generate charts to show data trends.
A single Numbers document can have a number of sheets (like worksheets in a Microsoft Excel workbook). On iPad, sheets appear as tabs.
But the similarity to Microsoft Excel soon ends. A Numbers sheet can contain a variety of objects such as tables and charts, but it can also contain other iWork objects, such as graphics, text boxes, movies, and audio.
Today, presentations often have multimedia elements: slides in an architecture class, music in a history lecture about a composer, and movies in a talk about Uncle Charlie's summer vacation.
Keynote was the original iWork application. Built by Apple engineers for MacWorld and Worldwide Developers Conference keynote speeches delivered by Steve Jobs, Keynote has been refined over the years to become the powerful tool it is today.