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iPad: The Missing Manual, 5th Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer

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Chapter 11. Get Productive with iWork

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You’ll learn to:

  • Create iWork documents, spreadsheets, and slideshows

  • Import, open, edit, and export Microsoft Office files

  • Export files as PDFs

  • Share iWork files

  • Find productivity suite alternatives

WORD PROCESSING, SPREADSHEETS, AND presentations probably aren’t the first things that come to mind when you think of the iPad—unless they’re the first things that come to your mind on any topic. After you’ve used your iPad—maxi or Mini—for longer than two hours, you realize that it’s a great little device for consuming stuff (videos, eBooks, web pages), but not so much for creating stuff, like, well, word-processing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Apple’s iWork suite for the iPad attempts to change that perception. For many years, iWork—which consists of the programs Pages (word processing), Numbers (spreadsheet), and Keynote (presentations)—lived on some Macs in the giant, looming shadow of Microsoft Office. After all, from corporate offices to college campuses, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are the de facto standards for documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. But iWork plays nice with Office documents, and thanks to iCloud, you can get to those files from anywhere on the Web.

If you’re considering buying iWork, this chapter is for you. iWork isn’t a do-all, be-all desktop suite, but neither does it take up gigabytes of hard drive ...

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