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iWork '05: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

Jim Elferdink
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Book Description

Introduced by Apple in January 2005, iWork '05 is an innovative new suite of document and presentation software that's the same caliber as Apple's groundbreaking digital media applications and that's wholly dedicated to what Mac users like you care about most: artistry and creativity. iWork '05 isn't about "office productivity"--it's about creating slick and stylish documents and cinema-quality digital presentations that say precisely what you want them to say.

While iWork '05 helps you create stunning documents and presentations, the suite doesn't come with any in-depth documentation of its own. That's where iWork '05: The Missing Manual comes in. The book that should have been in the box, it gives you everything you need to master iWork '05.

Seamlessly integrated with the wildly popular iLife '05 and designed to take advantage of the advanced typography and graphics engine of Mac OS X, iWork is actually two separate programs: Pages and Keynote 2. Pages is a brand-new, streamlined word processor and page layout program that allows nonprofessionals to quickly and painlessly produce gorgeous brochures, newsletters, letters, invitations, product data sheets, and more. You can start documents from scratch or use one of the 40 professionally designed templates as a starting point. Keynote 2 is a significant upgrade to Keynote, Apple's PowerPoint-like presentation software that allows you to build unique presentations, demonstrations, storyboard animations, interactive slideshows, and more.

Like every Missing Manual, this one is refreshingly entertaining and scrupulously detailed. iWork '05: The Missing Manual gives you all the essentials of Pages and Keynote 2, including an objective look at each program's capabilities, its advantages over similar programs, and its limitations. The book delivers countless goodies that you won't find anywhere else: undocumented tips, tricks, and secrets for getting the very best results from both exciting new applications.

With the iWork '05 suite and iWork '05: The Missing Manual, you are totally equipped to give your work the style it deserves.

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About the Author

Jim Elferdink is co-author of "AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual" and owns Macs for the Masses, a Macintosh consulting company. In former lifetimes a commercial photographer, farm owner, carpenter, and cabinetmaker; currently he enjoys gourmet cooking, digital photography, and racing sports cars. College introduced him to the Mac Plus and to comely professor Joy Hardin. He bought one and married the other. They share a home in the redwoods of far Northern California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7864 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (February 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR3IU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you really want to understand Pages, this is good. October 24, 2005
Review iWork '05: The Missing Manual

With iWork, we have a case where the manual isn't actually missing. When I got my copy of iWork I was pleasantly surprised that Apple had actually included a real honest-to-goodness printed manual that was more than a quick start guide.

So why pick up a "missing manual"? That depends. If you are familiar with similar applications to the two in the package, you probably will get by fine with the real manual. A Powerpoint pro will have no trouble using Keynote, needing, at most, occasional references to either the online help menu or the manual.

Pages proves a little more complicated. It's part word processor and part desktop publishing program.(DTP) The word processor functions much like ones we're familiar with, sort of a cross between Word and Appleworks both in features and design. The Inspector will be quite recognizable to anyone who has used a recent version of Word. The menu items are pretty much what we've come to expect.

It's the DTP features in Pages that make the Missing Manual worth getting. Pages is enough different from any other application that the bare-facts Apple manual starts to lose its allure as my reference of choice. The included manual, like most manuals is terse. Just the facts, Ma'am, just the facts.

I did knock out a quick newsletter the first afternoon after getting iWork, but it took frequent referrals to the manual and help menu. I also have had quite a bit of experience with Pagemaker and some with Quark and InDesign. Without that background, I think I would have had more trouble and possibly become quite frustrated, as have several people who have described their first experiences with Pages to me. I knew enough to make sense of the manual and what to look for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars iWork'05: The Missing Manual January 9, 2006
The iWorks'05 Missing Manual is truly a missing manual for Apple Computer's word processor/page-layout software and presentation software Keynote 2. If you are in a hurry to use either Pages or Keynote 2 or a very visual learner, I would recommend looking into a different manual. In the 379 pages, this book has a lot of detail on the two programs which is truly a manual. You can easy skip to the sections you need and do not have to read the entire book to use it. The author has chapters in both Pages and Keynote 2 and are very basic. In the beginning of some of the chapter he lets the reader know you can skip the chapter if you are experienced user. At the end of the book the author gives you resources to help you go beyond the book for additional help and ideas for using Pages and Keynote 2.


The book covers the basics of word-processing in case your are new to computers and word processing. The book then covers the layout features to Pages. The author gives you advice on different fonts and layouts. He covers why you would use certain fonts in the headers and body of the text. In addition the book covers creating tables, charts and working with objects. Objects include text, pictures and graphic in your document and how to place them in the document.

The author also covers how to use iTunes, iMove in Pages and why you might not want to use Pages to add in iTunes and iMove in to your document. He recommends using Keynote 2 instead. The book also covers exporting Pages to other word processors such as Microsoft Word and publishing the document to a web. The author also gives you example of what will happen if you export to various programs from Pages.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars O'Reilly does it best. November 6, 2005
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The mini manuals out of the box were ok, but this book is great. I was able to finish a project that was "stuck". The beauty of the book is that it explains terms and ideas without being a "beginners" book. A lot of detailed ideas to use and apply to your projects or just how to use the program more powerfully. iWork is a great little program (less than 80 dollars) that is made even better with this book.
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