“Many resources/libraries are available (often for free) to make visualization and mock ups even faster (e.g. Keynote KungFu, Keynotopia). Also when you combine this with tools like Glyphish you can have testable solutions quickly rather than getting bogged down in details.”
ESPI at work
(Via Daring Fireball)
I don’t think Pages or Number are serious competition for Microsoft Office or Libre/Open-Office when it comes to complex documents or models, but Apple’s Keynote is a colossus of good presentation software and seriously kicks PowerPoint’s ass.
You should read the full article to understand how Keynote can be used for things you would never think using it, but see also the links on the segment above, there’s a lot of good resources for keynote there if you’re into designing.
You can get a couple of nice (& free) templates for Pages, Keynotes and Numbers as well as some vectorial 3d objects for your presentations at the Jumsoft website, courtesy of the Jumsoft Team.
“This entire article is nice and all, but left me with this one thought: Does “Mr. Spreadsheet” use Excel or Apple’s own Numbers program? It’s got to be Numbers right? But then, really, Numbers?”
Yep. Who uses Numbers? I would really like to check out the numbers of sales of Numbers.app at the App Store in 6 months time.
From my experience, the only valuable application in the iWorks suite is Keynote. Pages is, at best, on par with competition text editors and only within a restricted type of usage. And Numbers is totally irrelevant. Why it exists is beyond me. I would prefer that iWorks would come with something like Bento in the suite.