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Apple ruined its iWork app suite, or something

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Apple's iWork suite, the company's answer to Microsoft Office, includes Pages (a word processor), Numbers (a spreadsheet) and Keynote (a presentation tool). This company rendering shows Pages running on a MacBook Air, an iPhone 5s and an iPad mini.

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I don't use iWork for much — I bought Pages mostly to convince my 14-year-old daughter she could work on the novel she says she's writing with her iPod and a Bluetooth keyboard, instead of monopolizing the family computer — but I've always thought it was a simple tool well suited for around 90 percent of what you'd ever want a home word processor to do.

Apparently it used to do a lot more than that for some folks, and they're now hacked off about the fact that it no longer does everything it used to do.

"Apple's iWork free upgrade has angered long-time Mac power users," Gregg Keizer writes for Computerworld, "who have flooded the company's support forum with complaints about lost features."

Keizer notes that this isn't the first time Apple has faced criticism for rolling back features as part of an upgrade. "Two years ago, when Apple shipped Final Cut Pro X absent some features and tools, customers revolted, kick-starting a petition and generating parody videos, including one from the video crew who worked on Conan O'Brien's late-night television talk show and another that relied on the overused scene from the movie Downfall (Der Untergang)."

If you're among those shaking your fist at the sky over the new versions, Jonny Evans writes (also for Computerworld) that you needn't worry much. In the case of Final Cut Pro X, the new release was a completely rewritten piece of software, not just some new code to freshen what already existed. In that case, "Apple had to start somewhere," Evans writes, "and that's exactly what's happening with these new apps."

In other words, don't assume those missing features lost for good. Just feel safe assuming you don't know whether and when they'll return.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 2:31pm]


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