Business / Office Suites
Apple’s iWork for iCloud has finally received the iOS 7 treatment. On Thursday, Apple updated the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers applications for iWork— as well as several other online services from Apple—with the new iOS 7 design, making the template selection screen and document library look synchronized on iOS devices.
If you don’t want to pony up for Microsoft Office or even Apple’s iWork Suite (incidentally, now free for iOS and bundled with new Macs), there are plenty of free or very inexpensive Office alternatives. Here are profiles of several popular ones, including Apache OpenOffice, NeoOffice Mac Native Suite, LibreOffice for OS X, along with Savy Soda Documents and Savy Soda Documents Free for iOS.
Now that the kids are back in school and you can refocus, maybe it’s time to start growing the business you’ve been developing. If so, you may want to take a look at Daylite 4.3, Marketcircle’s suite for managing and growing business. Daylite brings project, sales, email, meetings, calendar, contacts, and notes functionality into one program, and now offers Forms and Attachments on iOS devices using Daylite
If you were considering buying Bento—the consumer/prosumer-level database program from FileMaker for your Mac, iPhone, or iPad—you have until September 30th before it’s discontinued. You’ll be able to get technical support for Bento through July 30, 2014 and, for a limited time, you can purchase FileMaker Pro 12 for 40% off the listed price if you’ve already bought Bento.
At the recent MacTech Bootcamp II, I attended the half-day Microsoft Office for Mac Accredited Support Professional, 2013 course as part of my conference track. Delivered by a Microsoft-employed trainer, it provided a fantastic opportunity to learn about the various flavors of Office and the new licensing schemes, and gave attendees the ability to get some questions answered about complex troubleshooting situations.
During the WWDC 2013 keynote on June 10th, Apple announced it would finally be bringing the full iWork suite to iCloud and would make it entirely browser-based. Today, the company released an iWork for iCloud beta to registered developers for testing. With iWork for iCloud, users will finally be able to save their documents for Pages, Numbers, and Keynotes online and access them from any browser window.
Those still running Microsoft Office 2008 on their Macs will be saddened by the news coming from Microsoft this week. The company has announced that starting on April 9th, 2013, it will end all software support for Office 2008 for Macintosh. The news was posted on Microsoft’s blog, noting that Office 2008 has reached the end of its product cycle.
MacTech has teamed up with Microsoft to offer an Office for Mac Accredited Professional program as part of their MacTech BootCamp II conference. Targeted at support professionals and Apple consultants, this program lets you demonstrate your skills and can offer a career advantage as more Macs find their way into enterprises.
After the trumpeting of BYOD and shouts of “Macs in the Enterprise!” are dying down, the stark reality of how managing these devices is beginning to become an issue for corporate IT departments. Parallels was demoing their latest product—the Parallels Management Suite for SCCM—which lets corporate IT departments discover, configure, and manage Macs using their existing SCCM resources, cutting down on administrative burden and cost associated with a Mac BYOD program.
If Ken Case seems a little exhausted, it’s understandable. Having transferred all five of their productivity apps to mobile in a program dubbed “iPad or Bust,” they immediately reversed direction, took lessons learned in designing for iOS, and started work on OmniFocus 2. They debuted the new look, and now begin the process of testing it with a group of users and integrating their feedback into a final version.
If Office for iOS ever emerges from the vapor and makes some folks happy and improves their iPad computing experience, that will be great. It certainly can’t hurt. However, I’ll be giving it a pass, and I expect most other iOS users will as well.
Microsoft has delivered an update for their Office Suite Mac 2011 to support Retina display graphics for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook documents. The update also brings a number of other enhancements and bug fixes to the Outlook program suite, including calendar event reminders and Mountain Lion compatibility for signatures.