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Mac® Bible by Dwight Spivey

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Chapter 10. The Mac Does Spreadsheets and Presentations, Too

In Chapter 9 I dispelled the notion that Mac OS X was only good for graphics work by showing the many world-class word-processing applications available for the platform, as well as how to use some of their basic features. This chapter takes the same approach by striving to shed some light on other more business-like uses your Mac can handle: spreadsheets and presentations. For years, most computer users have relegated these tasks to Windows-based PCs, believing the Mac to be more Photoshop-friendly than Excel-friendly. Won't those of you who have labored under that assumption be surprised to know that Microsoft not only offers Excel and PowerPoint for the Mac, but that both have thrived on Apple computers longer than they have on Windows PCs? It shocked me the first time I heard it, too.

While Microsoft certainly has a strong presence in both the spreadsheet and presentation fields, they are by no means the only players on the field. Apple recently introduced Numbers and Keynote as part of their iWork '08 suite of productivity applications. Numbers is a knockout spreadsheet app that makes creation of spreadsheets a dream. Keynote is the presentation offering from Apple, and it incorporates all of the ease-of-use and beautiful interface features you've come to expect from Apple products.

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