For those who prefer a streamlined alternative to Microsoft "sport-utility" programs, AppleWorks 6 is the stealth office suite. Popular in classrooms, colleges, and small offices, it's got word processing, graphics, database, web design, spreadsheet, and slide-show functions in a single integrated application. Every year, AppleWorks arrives in the hands of four million Apple iMac and iBook buyers, accompanied by templates, art libraries, and fonts - and no printed instructions. "AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual" has been designed to help users figure out the technology. The book covers: the transition into the new AppleWorks 6 interface; its Internet hooks; the Starting Points window; and the new presentation module. The early chapters delve into the six core AppleWorks modules, including 85 pages on the word processor alone. Much of AppleWorks's power comes from its macros, templates, assistants, customizable Button bar, and Web-based clip-art libraries and the book covers these power tools.
It also provides information on: document exchange with other programs, versions, and platforms (and includes a 25% discount coupon for MacLink Plus, which restores the file-conversion feature); and troubleshooting. Because this book isn't an Apple publication, the authors freely acknowledge the program's weaknesses - and offer workarounds. The book treats AppleWorks as the serious productivity tool it is. With over 250 illustrations, a 2000-entry index, and a menu-by-menu explanation of every command, "AppleWorks 6: The Missing Manual" should be helpful to all users of AppleWorks 6.