About This Book

Despite the many improvements in software over the years , one feature has grown consistently worse : documentation. With the purchase of most software these days, you don't get a single page of printed instructions. To learn about the hundreds of features in a program, you're expected to use online electronic help systems.

Figure I-2. Pages and Keynote share very similar window layouts. In addition to the large document pane, you get a page or slide organizer and rulers that you can display or hide using the View menu. You can add or remove toolbar buttons at the top of the window so you can easily get to the commands you use frequently. The programs dim buttons that you can't usewhen you haven't selected some text or an object, for example

Actually, Apple does provide printed manuals for Pages and Keynote 2 in the iWork boxa pleasant surprise in this era of electronic documentation. But you'll quickly discover that despite the care Apple lavished on iWork to create a carefully designed, beautiful, and effective program, the effort spent on documentation leaves much to be desired. Although a huge step up from the minimalist electronic Help screens, these diminutive books are tersely written, offer very little technical depth, and lack useful examples.

Figure I-3. OS X provides several system-wide tools for iWork and other programs: Find & Replace, the spell checker, the Color Picker, and the Font Panel.

Figure I-4. A sample of Pages (top) and Keynote (bottom) Inspector windows . Some Inspector controls duplicate menu commands, but you find most only inside these floating control panels.

The purpose of this book, then, is to serve as the manual that should have been in the box. In this book's pages, you'll find step-by-step instructions for using every Pages and Keynote 2 feature, including those you may not even have quite understoodlet alone masteredsuch as styles, hyperlinks , animations, charts , and so on.

Figure I-5. Click the Inspector button in the toolbar or choose View Inspector to summon the little command center to your screen. Click any of the 10 buttons at the top of the window to change to a different inspector. Hold your arrow cursor over a button to reveal its name in a helpful pop-up box (A). Option-click a button to open that inspector in a new window. Many inspectors have tabs; click them to move between the different control categories (B).

This book's also designed to give you a thorough grounding in planning and pulling off effective presentations enhanced by Keynote. You'll find tips on analyzing your audience, outline planning, selecting projection and presentation equipment, becoming an effective presenter, and how to find out if you have achieved your goal.

iWork '05: The Missing Manual is designed to accommodate readers at every technical level. The primary discussions are written for advanced-beginner or intermediate Mac owners . But if you're new to the Mac, special sidebar articles called Up To Speed provide the introductory information you need to understand the topic at hand. If you're an experienced Mac veteran, on the other hand, keep your eye out for similar shaded boxes called Power Users' Clinic. They offer more technical tips, tricks, and shortcuts for the experienced Mac fan.

About the Outline

iWork '05: The Missing Manual , like iWork itself, is divided into two main parts , each containing several chapters:

  • Part 1, Pages , covers the new word processing program, starting with the basics of word processing and working up to more complex page layout techniques. The final two chapters delve into printing and sharing your documents in other file formats, and building your own customized templates.

  • Part 2, Keynote 2 , begins with a discussion of what separates great presentations from deadly yawn fests. The next chapters help you get started creating a basic Keynote presentation, manipulating objects on slides, and creating transitions and builds. Setting up the various types of Keynote presentations, using the Presenter view, exporting slide shows for use in other programs, and creating your own custom themes round out Part 2.

At the end of the book, several appendixes await. The first two provide menu-by-menu explanations of every Pages and Keynote command; the others offer guidance in installing the program and upgrading from earlier versions, troubleshooting when the programs don't behave as they should, and where to find more iWork resourcesfor example, where to look for additional templates and themes.

About These Arrows

Throughout this book, and throughout the Missing Manual series, you'll find sentences like this one: "Open the Library Application Support iWork folder." Thats shorthand for a much longer instruction that directs you to open three nested folders in sequence, like this: "On your hard drive, you'll find a folder called Library. Open that. Inside the Library window is a folder called Application Support; double-click it to open it. Inside that folder is yet another one called iWork. Double-click to open it, too."

Similarly, this kind of arrow shorthand helps to simplify the business of choosing commands in menus , as shown in Figure I-6.

Figure I-6. In this book, arrow notations help to simplify folder and menu instructions. For example, "Choose Edit Spelling Check Spelling is a more compact way of saying, "From the Edit menu, choose Spelling; from the submenu that then appears, choose Check Spelling," as shown here.

The Very Basics

To use this bookand indeed to use a Macintosh computeryou need to know a few basics. This book assumes that you're familiar with a few terms and concepts:

  • Clicking . This book gives you three kinds of instructions that require you to use the mouse attached to your Mac. To click means to place the tip of the arrow cursor on something on the screen and thenwithout moving the cursor at allto press and release the clicker button on the mouse (or laptop trackpad). To double-click , of course, means to click twice in rapid succession, again without moving the cursor at all. And to drag means to move the cursor while pressing the button continuously.

    When you're told to - click something, you click while pressing the key (which is next to the Space bar). Such related procedures as Shift-clicking, Option-clicking , and Control-clicking work the same wayjust click while pressing the corresponding key in the lower corner of your keyboard.

  • Menus . The menus are the words at the top of your screen: File, Edit, and so on. (The at the top left corner of your screen is a menu, too.) Click one to make a list of commands appear, as though they're written on a window shade you've just pulled down.

    Some people click to open a menu and then release the mouse button; after reading the menu command choices, they click again on the one they want. Other people like to press the mouse button continuously as they click the menu title and drag down the list to the desired command; only then do they release the mouse button. Either method works fine.

  • Keyboard shortcuts . If you're typing along in a burst of creative energy, it's sometimes disruptive to have to take your hand off the keyboard, grab the mouse, and then use a menu (for example, to use the Bold command). That's why many experienced Mac fans prefer to trigger menu commands by pressing certain combinations on the keyboard. For example, in Pages or Keynote, you can press -B to produce a boldface word. When you read an instruction like "press -B," start by pressing the key; while it's down, press the B key, and then release both keys.

  • Icons . The colorful miniature pictures that appear on your desktop and within folders are the graphic symbols that represent each program, disk, and document on your computer. If you click an icon one time, it darkens ; you've just highlighted or selected it, in readiness to manipulate it by using, for example, a menu command.

If you've mastered this much information, you have all the technical background you need to enjoy iWork '05: The Missing Manual .

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iWork '05. The Missing Manual
iWork 05: The Missing Manual
ISBN: 059610037X
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 134
Authors: Jim Elferdink

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