11 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2012 9:08 AM by powerbook1701
SamR7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have been using iWorks 9 since I bought my fiirst in 2009.  However, it was my secondary go to word processor becasue I needed to stay compatible with work so I was using Word for Mac (yes, I know that Pages works with Word Files but not 100%).  I am about to upgrade my iMac to the new 27" and since I will be retired by then I decided that I want to dump Microsoft at that time and swich to using Pages and the other iWorks apps fulltime.  My question is whether there are any differences between the iWorks 9 applications and those that you buy individually in the App Store?  Also, assuming that there are no differences (as long as I run the updates), how can I add them to my "purchased apps" list in the App Store and have them update automatically.  Any info would be appreciated.


24" iMAC
  • 1. Re: iWorks 9 vs. Individual Apps
    Niel Level 10 Level 10 (242,110 points)

    There are no operational differences, but one of the technical ones is that the Mac App Store won't recognize the DVD versions and cannot be made to do so.

     

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  • 2. Re: iWorks 9 vs. Individual Apps
    SamR7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Niel, thank you for your quick response.

  • 3. Re: iWorks 9 vs. Individual Apps
    Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,230 points)

    An advantage to the Mac App Store is that you only need to purchase the apps you want & you can install them on as many Macs as you have access to using the same Apple ID. Even buying all three is less expensive that the single-user retail box as priced by Apple. The family-pack box was priced at $99 US. A problem with the Mac App Store version is that it does require at least Lion 10.7.4.

     

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  • 4. Re: iWorks 9 vs. Individual Apps
    powerbook1701 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    also, I own the iWork 903 DVD (2 of them, actually). I bought them before Apple pulled them. Installing one on each MBP I own, I noticed that Apple turned off the ability to update them via software update. So, you have to download the last updater that applies to you (9.1 for me) and then the additional keynote update that came out after. I thought it was something I was doing wrong, but since both MBP's exhibit the same behavior, I determined it wasn't me. I am assuming this has something to do with the fact they now sell it on the app store and assume you are on at least Lion.

     

    NOTE: I did run through the trouble shooting steps to make sure it wasn't me. Ran Software update after restarting my MBP's from the initial install (thus not renaming the iwork folder) and SU never saw it.

  • 5. Re: iWorks 9 vs. Individual Apps
    Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,230 points)

    I noticed that Apple turned off the ability to update them via software update.

    There must be something odd going on with your Macs. I have had no problems updating any of the installations of iWork '09 on several of my Macs. All were installed from the original family-pack DVD purchased in January, 2009, or a disk image of the DVD. One Mac is running Tiger, another Snow Leopard & the others Mountain Lion so it is not an OS issue.

     

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  • 6. Re: iWorks 9 vs. Individual Apps
    powerbook1701 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    something too, may have change with Apple SU system. I own TWO iWork 903 DVDs. So, I put one on each MBP I own. Both, would not recognize that their were updates available. But, other updates have been coming in fine.  I didn't rename the iwork folder, or move it.  So, I downloaded the 9.1 update manually, and then the additional Keynote 511 updater and ran all manually. This turned out fine.  I know in the past, I have not any issues, but I'm wondering if SU doesn't recognize iwork updates unless you are on Lion, and I'm on SL. As I said, I just installed this week.

  • 7. Re: iWorks 9 vs. Individual Apps
    powerbook1701 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    Peggy, thanks. Have you done anything recently with SL and updating iWork? I bought a copy of iWork DVD for my father and Law, who justed test on his machine with SL, and the results are the same..

  • 8. Re: iWorks 9 vs. Individual Apps
    Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,230 points)

    I've most recently (within the last couple of months) installed from the disk image onto a G5 iMac running Tiger & onto a clean install of Mountain Lion 10.8.2 on my iMac. No problems updating either. I am using an original iWork '09 installer, not 9.0.3.

     

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  • 9. Re: iWorks 9 vs. Individual Apps
    SamR7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Peggy, when I installed iWorks 9 from the CD on my Macbook Pro when I made the decision to give up on Windows,  it recognized that there were updates for it (primarily to make it work with ML) so maybe you are right that the updater will not process updates automatically unless you are on ML.  However, since most of the things being updated appeared to be related to compatability with ML rather than feature updates, it prompted me to ask my original question becasue I could not believe that Pages, Numbers, and Keynote have not been updated with new features in the last three years.  Maybe the updates that I ran (there were two) did add new features but the descriptions of the updates did not described what they were.  Regardless, I have been using Pages for the past two weeks and I am satisfied that it will meet my needs.

  • 10. Re: iWorks 9 vs. Individual Apps
    Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,230 points)

    There hasn't been an upgrade/new version of the iWork apps for nearly four years now. The updates have been to take advantage of new OS X features. There may have been some minor bug fixes, but the last two updates, 9.1 & 9.2, were to add support for Lion & Mountain Lion, respectively.

     

    I have only updated iWork on my SL Mac to 9.0.4. I can't remember what version I have on the G5, but it is the last update offered by Software Update.

     

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  • 11. Re: iWorks 9 vs. Individual Apps
    powerbook1701 Level 3 Level 3 (545 points)

    iWork 9.1 (for SL and Lion):

    What's included

     

    All iWork 9.1 applications

    • Adds support for Mac OS X Lion, including:
      • Full-Screen
      • Resume
      • Auto Save
      • Versions
      • Character picker

    More details available on the OS X Lion page.

    • Improves Microsoft Office Compatibility

    Keynote 5.1

    • Adds new builds:
      • Anvil
      • Fall Apart