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Over the last couple of days there’s actually been a lot of talk about Apple’s brand-new direction for iWork, particularly when it concerns the OS X variations of its productivity suite. At an occasion on Tuesday, the company announced that they’d be making iWork complimentary with purchase of a brand-new gadget – however it also announced a redesign that many are viewing as a regression of the item.

Specifically, lots of who utilize Pages, Numbers and Keynote greatly are remarking on the loss of exactly what they characterize as ‘pro’ features. These power users are lamenting the modifications, numerous of which resemble the feel and look of the suite on Apple’s iOS platform.

The thing is, they are right. Apple did ‘walk back’ the functions and feel of iWork slightly across the board – and significantly in some niche cases. But it’s far prematurely in this new age of a complimentary iWork to start panicking about its future.

From what I understand, the truth that this new version of OS X iWork looks and feels a lot like the iOS version is no coincidence. It’s really a reword that’s established on the code base of the (now 64-bit) iOS apps. And a decision was made to link the visual appearance and interactive feel of the apps across all platforms – with the far more prolific iOS used as motivation.

iWork is managed under the guidance of Apple’s Eddy Cue, not the OS X chief Craig Federighi, however it’s boggling to think that this kind of choice would not have been really thoroughly thought about by the senior staff at Apple. There are easy parallels to draw here to Apple’s ‘back to the Mac’ effort, which brought attributes and feel from its tremendously popular iPhone and iPad to the Mac – largely in order to make them more familiar to ‘halo’ adopters who may have begun their Apple experiences with a portable device, not a conventional desktop or laptop computer.

Lots of people are getting all worked up about iWork being ‘dumbed down,’ but it seems like a reset to me. I can see this playing out basically like Apple’s recent Final Cut Pro X re-thinking. That app was presented in a radically simplified and structured kind that caused instant outcry. Gradually, Apple has actually gradually included back functions that were missing out on from the very early remarkable redesign of the professional video-editing suite. A handful of mishandled choices like pulling the old version of FCP too soon triggered unneeded friction there, however recent updates to FCPX have made it an extremely feasible option for professionals once again.

If we can ascribe anything to Apple’s recent efforts to bring iOS sensibilities to its Mac software, it’s that it suches as to start extremely tight and zoom out as it adds attributes back into the mix.

Now, you can (rightly) suggest that this is incredibly troublesome to individuals who make use of iWork all day to do stuff that’s been obstructed or made difficult by the changes. And you could say that Apple might’ve worked in all the attributes that iWork had previously and possibly even more. These aren’t weird and uncommon perspectives. However that’s merely not the method Apple works, and it’s absolutely not in its playbook lately as it experiences a big revamp in product direction and design.

There are some significant insects and disturbing omissions in the current iWork, but that’s the cost of a remarkable break with the past. And Apple has actually provided a willingness to take the heat on this stuff prior to. It’s unfortunate that users have to share in the growing discomforts, however there it is.

Note, however, that this is not really about complimentary software application getting less features, it’s specifically about refocusing the item. Making iWork free has absolutely nothing to do with the most up to date versions (or future versions) having less functionality. These don’t feel like ‘lite’ editions of the apps, and Apple wouldn’t have actually put as much effort as it did into enhancing the quality and attribute set of iWork for iCloud if it had actually planned on making the native apps so much ‘freeware.’

As with many of Apple’s item choices lately, this has to do with serving the majority of users as much as possible. And if that indicates short-term pain and perhaps even something we might call ‘regression,’ then so be it. In the end, I anticipate iWork to progress to the point at which it was and beyond in the coming months.


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