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Numbers has tons more functions, comparable to Excel. I think it may be equal for somewhere close to 90% of excel users.

Though I've been a big fan of Keynote since version 1, I'm unlikely to use Numbers. I'm a heavy Excel user, and one of the things I appreciate -- among many -- is Excel's performance with large spreadsheets. It's been my observation that Apple's basic productivity applications struggle once document sizes grow beyond small-ish sizes. I noticed it first with AppleWorks, when my docs got beyond ~5 pages of word processing or 2-3 pages of spreadsheet and the application slowed down remarkably. The same seems true with Numbers and Pages -- small documents are fine, but big documents require Office, IMO.

Anyway, back to iLife, I'm starting to see other people making early reports of glitches and other problems, along the same lines I've been seeing in my own tests. Performance is an issue -- either an app hangs or crashes, or it gets bogged down so much during startup or some other function that it's as bad as hanging. With a lot of things going on in the background sometimes, quitting iPhoto sometimes takes a very long time, making it seem as if iPhoto has hung.

I suppose that if I hadn't been so eager to get beyond the massively disappointing iMovie '08, knowing what I know now, I would have held off upgrading to iLife '09 for at least a month or until the next set of updates. Faces is a cool feature of iPhoto '09, but it's not worth the glitches I've faced so far. The most up-to-date versions of iLife '08 (minus iMovie '08) plus iMovie '06 (or iMovie HD) are a perfectly fine combination of apps.

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