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Press Release: April 29, 2009

iWork '09: The Missing Manual--New from O'Reilly: Answers Found Here for Your Questions on Pages, Keynote, & Numbers

Sebastopol, CA—With iWork '09, Apple's productivity applications have come of age. Unfortunately, their user guides are stuck in infancy. That's where iWork '09: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly Media, $39.99 USD) comes in. This book quickly guides you through everything you need to know about the Pages word-processor, the Numbers spreadsheet, and the Keynote presentation program that Al Gore and Steve Jobs made famous.

Friendly and entertaining, iWork '09: The Missing Manual gives you crystal-clear and jargon-free explanations of iWork's capabilities, its advantages over similar programs--and its limitations. You'll see these programs through an objective lens that shows you which features work well and which don't.

Author Josh Clark understands the importance of having a great working environment. "Many of us take care to arrange our desks and offices, but we often don't think much about our software environment--the screens where our eyes and minds spend much of the day. For decades, word processors and spreadsheets have been bland, even frustrating, work environments. Bland gets the job done, sure, but it doesn't inspire. iWork ’09 is a real departure, providing a bright, creative workspace worthy of your work and ideas."

Josh continues, "I wrote iWork '09: The Missing Manual to help readers understand not only how to use iWork's various features but also how it can help them be at once more productive and more creative. With Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, Apple gives us a fresh take on the word processor, presentation software, and spreadsheet…iWork puts an unprecedented emphasis on the design and polish of your final document, making it almost effortless to create results that look not only professional, but actually stunning. This isn't about glitz, it's about the quality of your working life: When even your spreadsheets sparkle, it’s hard not to feel energized about your work."

With this book, you will be able to upgrade your skills by learning how to:

  • Create gorgeous documents and cinema-quality digital presentations in minutes with iWork's theme and templates
  • Craft perfect prose with Pages' typo-busting power tools
  • Master budgets, student records, and invoices with Numbers' formulas and functions
  • Animate your slideshows with Keynote's amazing cinematic effects
  • Build insightful charts to givev shape to your figures
  • Share your files with iWork's collaboration tools, including
  • Discover pro design tricks for making your documents dazzle
  • Learn expert presentation tips for edge-of-the-seat performances

One of the few sources available on Apple's incredible suite of programs, iWork '09: The Missing Manual will help you get the best performance out of Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and more in no time. With a uniquely witty style that helps you learn quickly, this Missing Manual explains not only how to use every feature, but why and when, with entertaining and helpful examples every step of the way.

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Josh Clark is a writer, designer, and developer who helps creative people get clear of technical hassle to share their ideas with the world. When he's not writing about clever design and humane software, he's building it. Josh is the creator of Big Medium, friendly software that actually makes it fun to manage a Web site. He lives in Paris, France, with his wife Ellen. You can find him on the web at

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iWork '09: The Missing Manual
Josh Clark
ISBN: 9780596157586, 888 pages
Book Price: $39.99 USD, £30.99 GBP, Ebook Price: $31.99 USD

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