Until I purchased my first MacBook, I used Microsoft Office, but since then I’ve become an iWork devotee. iWork is the productivity suite from Apple that includes Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. New iOS devices now come with these apps free of charge, so there is even more reason to utilize them.
- iWork includes the features I need in my word processing, presentations, and spreadsheets without slowing down my system with unnecessary bells and whistles. Microsoft Office has every feature you may ever need. And because of that, it slows down my word processing. Office isn’t a platform that helps with my productivity on a daily basis.
- I can use GarageBand to record interviews and conference calls. GarageBand is another free tool that is part of Apple’s iLife suite. It has the potential to be used to create layered audio, but I use it to create audio archives of my interviews and calls.
- New versions of the apps have improved the experience for teams. You can now collaborate on documents and view changes live.
- Keynote is not only great for presentations, it can also be used to create simple images for social media and my blog. Keynote is a clean, simple alternative to Powerpoint.
- iWork works fantastically with my Apple devices. I love Apple hardware. iWork is made for it. It seems like a no-brainer that I would use the software that best works with my hardware of choice.
- Because of iWork’s seamless integration with iCloud, I can use Numbers to track projects and share them with my project manager.
- iWork is cost effective. It comes free with new iOS devices and costs only $9.99 per app to add to older devices.
- iWork works well on mobile devices. If my needs for the day mainly only involve email and iWork apps, I can now confidently do business on my iPad and leave my MacBook at home.
If you have not been explored Apple’s productivity apps yet, I urge you to do so. They’re intuitive, beautiful, and fast.
What is most important to you in a productivity suite?
This blog post is part of a series highlighting some of the productivity tools our team has used to work more efficiently and create more margin to focus on game-changing ideas instead of getting lost in the details. For more posts from the series, click here.