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iWork '09: The Missing Manual

iWork '09: The Missing Manual

By Josh Clark

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Apple Resources

iWork ’09 online
Overview, downloads, tutorials, and Apple's list of recommended resources.
Apple Support: iWork ’09
Frequently asked questions, troubleshooting advice, and software updates. Zero in on specific programs at these links:
Apple's iWork ’09 Discussion Forums
Get help from and trade tips with other Apple users. Focus on specific programs at these links:
Apple: My Info
Edit your Apple account or sign up for a new one at this site. You need an Apple ID and password in order to use iWork.com, Apple's online service for sharing iWork files. If you've ever made a purchase through one of Apple's services - the iTunes Store, the Apple Online Store, MobileMe, or iPhoto's print products, to name a few - you created an Apple account along the way. If you've forgotten that info, this site can also hook you up with a reminder.

Pages and Word-Processing Resources

The Web offers several resources where you can grap "lorem ipsum" placeholder text, also called "Greek" text. (For more on the history and usage of this storied phrase in design mockups, see Chapter 6.) Here are a couple of sources of placeholder text:

Lorem 2
Copy and paste traditional "lorem ipsum dolor" text from your browser into your Pages document.
Malevole Text Generator
A playful alternative: Use placeholder text from 1970s TV shows.

Keynote and Presentation Resources

Presentation Zen
Garr Reynolds' blog on issues related to professional presentation design.
SlideShare
Like YouTube for presentation slideshows. Upload your Keynote slideshow to SlideShare to share it with the world or allow others to embed your presentation in their own websites.
The Abstract Pointillist Toolkit
Chris Heathcote's sample slide deck of abstract figures is playful, tongue-in-cheek, and oddly wise. Show abstract shapes in your slides while you do your onstage patter. For more on this and other non-traditional presentation techniques, check out Chapter 11.

Remote Controls

For a review of remote-control hardware and options, check out Chapter 11. Here's where you can find the products mentioned there.

Keynote Remote for iPhone and iPod Touch (iTunes link)
Run your slideshow from your iPhone or iPod, with views of either the next slide or your presenter notes right in the palm of your hand. Chapter 15 details how to set up and use Keynote Remote after you've added it to your phone or iPod.
Apple Remote (Apple Store)
Apple's handheld remote for running Keynote presentations, as well as Front Row, iTunes, and other media software for your Mac.

Third-Party Remotes

Projectors

For general pointers about the gotta-have specs and features of modern video porjectors, check out Chapter 11.

Projector Central
Read reviews and buyer guides, and post projector-related questions on the site's forum.

Microphones

For pointers on setting up a microphone for voice-over narration in Keynote, have a peek at Chapter 15. Here are links to the makers of the microphones mentioned there.

Numbers and Spreadsheet Resources

iWork '09 Formulas and Functions User Guide
This PDF download from Apple provides tips and pointers for using formulas, including a detailed rundown of each and every formula function (it's the complete text of the help descriptions in the Function Browser). The guide also includes introductory tutorials to several types of formulas, including financial topics.
Applescript
AppleScript is the built-in Mac OS X scripting language that lets you program your programs to do various tasks. Numbers �09 introduced AppleScript support, which means that enterprising spreadsheet makers can now program Numbers for complex actions or calculations. For more on the history of spreadsheet macros on the Mac, see Chapter 17.

iWork Template Resources

iWorkCommunity: Template Exchange
This community sites encourages iWork users to exchange their homegrown templates. The site's free library of downlads has a particular emphasis on Pages templates.
iWork Templates
This blog shares template links and downloads for all three iWork programs.

Commercial Templates

These sites offer templates for purchase:

Graphic Resources for Your Designs

Photo Sites

For pointers on finding great pictures for your documents and slideshows, review Chapter 11.

Flickr
The mother of all photo community sites, Flickr hosts over 3 billion photos from a huge community of photographers, both amateur and professional. Many (but far from all) of these photographers share their pictures under Creative Commons licenses.
Google Image Search
As usual, Google lets you find pretty much everything�images, too.
MorgueFile
MorgueFile is a library of free high-resolution photos for both commercial and personal projects. All images are free and may be used without additional permission or credit from the photographer.
Stock.xchng
This site hosts over 350,000 photos by more than 30,000 photographers, all offering their works free of charge.
Wikimedia Commons
Operated by the same folks who run Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Commons contains over 3 million photos, videos, and sound files�all in the public domain or licensed for free use.

Commercial Stock-Photo Companies

Color Browsers

For tips on building a color palette for your designs, review Chapter 6. Meantime, these sites provide prefab color combinations that you can pluck as is into your own documents:

Related Software for Your Mac

MathType equation editor
iWork offers integration with MathType 6 to provide equation-editing features in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. (See Chapter 2 for details.)
EndNote
EndNote is a popular program for managing citations and bibliographies. When you have EndNote X2 installed, iWork.com lets you include its citations in your documents. (See Chapter 5 for details.)
QuickTime Player for Mac and Windows
QuickTime is Apple�s media authoring and viewing software. When you save a Keynote slideshow as a QuickTime movie (Chapter 15), you can play it on any computer that has QuickTime Player installed.
Caffeine
This free program keeps your computer awake. It adds an icon to your Mac's menu bar; click to prevent your Mac from going to sleep, dimming the screen, or starting a screensaver; click again to return to normal behavior.