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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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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