Calm before the Macworld Expo storm

Calm before the Macworld Expo storm

Summary: Today was a travel day so please excuse the tardiness of this post. I just landed in Reno/Tahoe and checked in for a weekend of snowboarding before Expo. Anyway, the weekend before Macworld Expo in San Francisco is typically when details about Apple's planned announcements begin to leak and today is no exception.

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Homewood Lake TahoeToday was a travel day so please excuse the tardiness of this post. I just landed in Reno/Tahoe and checked in for a weekend of snowboarding before Expo.

Anyway, the weekend before Macworld Expo in San Francisco is typically when details about Apple's planned announcements begin to leak and today is no exception.

iLife and iWork '07 were mistakenly posted on Amazon.com earlier, albeit with zero details, so the proverbial cat is out of the bag on them. Although they aren't huge surprises, I'm sure that someone on the Amazon Web team is feeling the wrath of Steve about now.

One key iWork '07 detail that has emerged, courtesy of Think Secret, is that Apple plans to add a spreadsheet application to the iWork '07 suite:

the application, referred to internally as Lasso and expected to be titled Numbers or Charts, will offer more than 200 hundred functions and full support for importing and exporting Microsoft Excel documents.

Personally, I was hoping they'd call it "Sheets" but hey, that's me.

It also looks like Apple may be offering free lyrics for all your iTunes tracks courtesy of Gracenote:

Gracenote maintains the CDDB that enables iTunes to automatically look up song information when you insert a CD. Gracenote has completed licenses with all 5 major music publishers. Gracenote expects the first publicly-available lyric service to launch in early 2007.

Get in touch if you want meet up for some snowboarding at Homewood in Lake Tahoe tomorrow (Saturday).

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  • The innovation is ASTOUNDING!!!

    [i]One key iWork '07 detail that has emerged, courtesy of Think Secret, is that Apple plans to add a spreadsheet application to the iWork '07 suite:[/i]

    Wow, and it will even open Excel docs? Is this what Apple has been reduced to: making 2nd hand knock-offs of 10 year old MS products? Yup, I'm [b]so[/b] missing the innovation by sticking to Windows! After all, would you rather wait 10 years for spreadsheets or 4 years for translucent window frames?

    [i]It also looks like Apple may be offering free lyrics for all your iTunes tracks courtesy of Gracenote[/i]

    NOT FREE LYRICS!!??!!!1111one1!!1 You mean like Amarok has had for years now? How much do Apple developers get paid to copy the works of others? Oh, never mind, they did have to steal a kernel and a browser so I guess stealing features from other media players is actually quite an improvement in behavior.

    BTW It appears as if you are better to use a PC for doing movie editing as this poor guy found out:
    http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/26753
    [i]I'm normally a patient person when it comes to computing problems, but having iMovie crash so many times makes me just want to borrow a school PC laptop and be done with it.[/i]

    The Mac zealot really comes out with the next sentence though:
    [i]iMovie is the perfect piece of software, but not if the project takes up so much space on the HD and crashes all the time.[/i]

    I'm curious how poorly "less than perfect" software on the Mac runs if "perfect" software crashes all the time? Does "less than perfect" software cause the computer to overheat and randomly reboot? Oh... um... never mind.
    NonZealot
    • MacWorld how to crash

      Mac product is all about crashing with style. With a PC when you crash, if you got a error code, a explanation even the blue screen of death give you good clues on the problem your facing and of course, if it's hardware related... just go to the nearest exlectonic store and get a replacement part NOW and CHEAP. With a mac you get no clue on what the problems is (well maybe if you can find out what a bomb means). Apple NEVER considred that they over price piece of junk could ever crash and as for replacement part.. you might as well give you bank account to Apple.

      Macworld, the proof that there is always a fresh supply of idiots to buy the Mac hype... (you know peoples with more money then brain)

      Wanne Look Cool (and empty your wallet) buy a Mac
      Wanna get things done (and have enough money to buy cool games) use a PC
      Mectron
      • My my

        Looks like the Mac Haters are really fast off the block today

        I expect the avalance of rebuttal will follow next !

        Don't you know when you critisize others you are just opening up your platform of choice for attack ?

        Be happy with your platform of choice but at the same time be a good neighbour to the other platform
        ThinkFair
        • Well that's the whole point of trolls ;-)

          But as I said before, what would this site be like without them?
          dave95.
          • ....

            i always see Mac trolls on here. I actually see Mac trolls everywhere. Any site where there is a forum, review or blog about anything technology related, there will be a Mac troll...
            runningfire
          • Viruses and Spyware

            Enough said :)

            - Jason
            Jason D. O'Grady
          • Me Thinks

            Me thinsk that you think you are living in Lord of the Rings with all your trolls...
            Moosehouse
      • Have you even used a Mac

        in the last 5-6 years?

        "With a mac you get no clue on what the problems is (well maybe if you can find out
        what a bomb means)."

        I think not, considering this antideluvian observation. Wake up . . . it's time to check
        your PC for fresh spyware.
        999ad@...
  • Sheets?!

    No way Apple is going to call the spreadsheet app "Sheets" as you - perhaps tongue-
    in-cheek? - would like to see it named. I'm not telling you how everybody in most of
    Europe or in Asia would pronounce that, all I can say is that it rhymes? Numbers's
    better!
    jpmrb
    • Sheets and giggles?

      You're right. Numbers is probably better.
      pdq
  • New iLife & iWorks

    Wow, that was big news. It's that the best they've got.
    Next they'll tell us night follows day, day follows night.
    Moosehouse
  • Let me get this straight, trolls

    One guy posts his bad iMovie experience and the platform is crap and overpriced.
    Millions regularly get a blue screen of death, are under constant viral and spyware
    threat but your stuff is better because you can buy all the parts, build it yourself
    and play games on it.

    Gee, millions of problems to one and you take the first option.

    Wait til Vista is busted - it won't take long!
    mlindl