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Apple Discontinues Free Trials of Aperture and iWork

As noted by MacStories, Apple has discontinued its free trials of Aperture and iWork, directing users to the Mac App Store where the apps are available for purchase.

The discontinuation of the Aperture trial is not particularly recent, as discussion forum reports indicate that it has been missing for at least a month, but the removal has gone mostly unnoticed. It is not entirely clear when the iWork trial was taken down from Apple's U.S. site, but it appears to still be available from some international sites such as the UK site. Other international sites also suggest that the iWork trial is still available, but attempts to download the app simply lead to the Mac App Store.


Since the launch of the Mac App Store in January 2011, Apple has moved all of its major software products to the marketplace, which does not support free trials. The company advises Mac App Store developers wishing to offer free trials of their software to host the downloads on their own sites, but Apple appears to have decided that this option is no longer worthwhile for most of its own apps. Apple does, however, continue to offer a free 30-day trial of Final Cut Pro X, so it has not yet abandoned trials entirely.

Aperture is priced at $79.99 in the Mac App Store, a significant cut from the $199 price of the boxed software it replaced. In a similar fashion, the three iWork applications (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) are available through the Mac App Store at $19.99 each, less than the $79 price for the boxed version containing all three applications.

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32 months ago
as long as they stay away from Activations, and "this copy of Office is not genuine, blah blah blah"
Rating: 28 Votes
32 months ago
"The trial version of iWork is no longer available. But you can easily purchase...."
Someone is being a smart ass
Rating: 16 Votes
32 months ago
Is it wrong to try before you buy now? I really don't see why Apple have done this. I think they should at least add a 'Trial' or 'Demo' button to the Mac App Store page.
Rating: 12 Votes
32 months ago
They invite for tests to torrents/filestubes etc. with such a limitations.
Rating: 10 Votes
32 months ago
In case you still need the trial....

http://www.apple.com/dk/iwork/download-trial/
Rating: 9 Votes
32 months ago
When's the last time they even updated iwork? 3 years ago at least?
Rating: 9 Votes
32 months ago
This is simply a stupid move, they should just have an iwork lite/free or something in the app store that has limited features and if people are happy they would most likely purchase the full version, this way they are just increasing piracy or new customers who wanna try before they buy...
Rating: 8 Votes
32 months ago

I doubt piracy bothers Apple when you can only run Apple software on Macs anyway. I highly doubt Apple's software-only revenue streams come even close to Mac/iPhone/iPad revenue streams.

The Mac App store doesn't allow Trials for anyone. Apple moved their software under the Mac App store roof. One place to buy, no confusion.


And this is supposed to make us feel better?

Apple is simply in the process of trying to lock the desktop environment as tight as they've locked iOS.

Big Brother, indeed. :(

Only a fanboy can cheer such a move.
Rating: 8 Votes
32 months ago

MS = BLOAT and horrid UIs. Word can have all the features MS can jam into it. Office has gotten a ****** reputation over the years for usability . . . there's a reason for that. That ribbon monstrosity doesn't make things any better.

On to the others. Frankly, Keynote makes PowerPoint look like third-rate Shareware. As for the deficiencies with Numbers, agreed. However, you'll find it generally gets high praise.

As for Pages . . . it's built to be HYBRID WP/Layout software (and since it's from Apple, it means you won't tear your hair out trying to get it to do what it was built for.) Apple does not currently offer any dedicated Word Processor. This is where developers pick up the slack, notably, with Mellel. Superior OpenType support and text-handling. Nisus Writer Pro in many ways comes close, but I find its UI not to my liking. Both Melle and Nisus Writer Pro, however, are far superior to Word. They are both built for long, complex documents, with UIs and all-round simplicity that MS can only gawk at in envy.

Just sayin . . .


Some of us live with a Windows PC at work and a Mac at home. When I push documents, presentations and spreadsheets back and forth between my PC and my Mac using Office it just works. If I build a presentation at home to pull up on the PC in front of my class I know it is going to look exactly as I planned.

Now obviously you think ANY product not built by Apple is garbage and everything that Apple builds is flawless so arguing this point isn't worth my time.

Just saying...
Rating: 8 Votes
32 months ago

There could be an infinite amount of reasons why the applications were removed as trials.


The reasons why it was removed don't matter much, not to me, anyway. The way it affects my ability to research the product effectively does.

The way it hinders my willingness to purchase the product should matter to Apple.

I am currently evaluating Lightroom 4 (30 day free trial). Next I will evaluate Photoshop CS6. Then I'll decide whether to buy LR4 or upgrade from CS5. Aperture has just lost the opportunity to even be a candidate.
Rating: 7 Votes

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