An Introduction to iWork

Certified Apple iWork Authorized Training at FMC

Course Description

This two-day, hands-on course introduces students to the key features and basic interface of iWork. iWork is a suite of productivity tools that includes Pages for producing professional looking documents, Numbers for creating spreadsheets, tables and charts, and Keynote for developing high-quality presentations.

In this course, you will learn how to work with writing and graphics tools to create beautiful documents. You will find out how to effortlessly create stunning presentations, complete with Apple-designed themes, cinema-quality animations, and voiceover narration. You will create compelling spreadsheets for everything from family budgets and event planning to invoices and complex financial reports. And all three applications give you import and export compatibility with Microsoft Office applications.

Who Should Attend?

This class is designed for anyone who prefers hands-on and interactive instruction to best explore the functionality of the iWork applications.


This course prepares students to pass the Apple Certified Associate, iWork exam. The exam fee is already included in the cost of the class, a $65 value.


  • Practical working knowledge of Mac OS X

Course Outline:

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Day 1

Lesson 1: Creating a Basic Presentation

  • Launching Keynote
  • Choosing a Theme and Slide Size
  • Selecting a Master Slide
  • Outlining the Presentation
  • Working with the Format Bar
  • Working with the Inspector
  • Formatting Text on a Slide
  • Customizing a Slide Layout
  • Copying Styles Between Slides
  • Cleaning Up the Slides
  • Adding a Table
  • Fixing Spelling Errors

Lesson 2: Adding Media to Your Presentation

  • Accessing Media Files
  • Working with Still Photos in iPhoto
  • Adding Photos to Slides
  • Adding Audio to a Slideshow
  • Using Video in a Slideshow
  • Keeping Media with Your Presentation

Lesson 3: Animating and Viewing Your Presentation

  • Creating Builds to Reveal Text
  • Creating a Sequence Build to Reveal a Table
  • Creating Interleaved Builds
  • Creating a Smart Build
  • Watching the Presentation
  • Creating Transitions Between Slides
  • Indexing Your Presentation with Spotlight
  • Configuring Preferences for Smooth Playback
  • Running Your Presentation
  • Pausing and Resuming a Slideshow
  • Troubleshooting Your Presentation

Lesson 4: Converting a PowerPoint Presentation

  • Importing a PowerPoint Presentation
  • Animating the Title Slide
  • Cleaning Up a Chart
  • Enhancing a Chart
  • Animating a Chart
  • Enhancing a Table
  • Animating a Bar Chart
  • Animating a Pie Chart
  • Changing the Style of the Chart
  • Adding Content from a Word Document
  • Adding Comments to a Presentation
  • Rehearsing the Presentation
  • Creating a Self-Running Slideshow

Lesson 5: Working with Themes, Graphics, and Hyperlinks

  • Preparing a Custom Theme
  • Creating a Background and Formatting Text
  • Creating a Photo Cutout with Photoshop and Keynote
  • Saving and Sharing Themes
  • Applying a Custom Theme
  • Adding Transparency to Artwork
  • Masking Photos and Shapes
  • Embedding a Web Page
  • Embedding and Formatting a QuickTime Movie
  • Adding Hyperlinks and Navigation
  • Running a Presentation as a Kiosk
  • Exporting to CD-ROM

Lesson 6: Publishing and Giving Your Presentation

  • Reviewing a Presentation with Light Table View
  • Adding and Printing Presenter Notes
  • Printing Handouts
  • Exporting to QuickTime
  • Exporting to PowerPoint
  • Exporting to PDF
  • Exporting Images
  • Exporting to Flash
  • Exporting to HTML
  • Exporting to an iPod
  • Creating an Enhanced Audio Podcast with Garageband
  • Sending to YouTube
  • Giving Your Presentation with a Laptop

Day 2

Lesson 7: Word Processing

  • Launching Pages
  • Choosing a Template
  • Replacing Placeholder Text
  • Formatting Text and Lists with Styles
  • Adding Graphics to a Document
  • Adjusting Margins in a Document
  • Proofreading a Document
  • Using Change Tracking
  • Using Comments
  • Creating Addressed Envelopes
  • Adding a Table of Contents

Lesson 8: Creating a Newsletter

  • Choosing a Newsletter Template
  • Working with a Template
  • Replacing Placeholder Text
  • Editing Image Placeholders
  • Cropping Images Using Masks
  • Customizing Colors
  • Laying Out More Pages
  • Inserting a Page into a Layout
  • Completing the Layout
  • Exporting to PDF

Lesson 9: Creating a Marketing Package

  • Assembling Project Assets
  • Creating a Poster
  • Creating a Postcard
  • Creating a One-Sheet

Lesson 10: Creating a Spreadsheet

  • Launching Numbers
  • Choosing a Template
  • Organizing Information
  • Building the Spreadsheet
  • Formatting the Table
  • Using Formulas and Functions
  • Adding Media
  • Printing Your Spreadsheet
  • Exporting Your Spreadsheet
  • Using Templates

Lesson 11: Creating an Event Planner

  • Choosing a Template
  • Adding Media to a Spreadsheet
  • Transferring Address Book Contacts to a Spreadsheet
  • Editing Data in a Table
  • Sorting Data in a Table
  • Using Checkboxes
  • Stepper and Sliders
  • Modifying and Saving Table Styles

Lesson 12: Creating a Script, Storyboard, Budget, and Presentation

  • Saving a Template for a Video Script in Pages
  • Prepare a Budget with Numbers
  • Creating a Storyboard Presentation
  • Moving a Chart from Numbers to Keynote
  • Publishing a Presentation to MobileMe
  • Creating a Storyboard Handout