iPad – I am completely and utterly in love with my iPad. It goes everywhere I go including different places in the house. I had thought I would not use it for meetings to take notes or work in a different place but I was wrong. I have now purchased the small Apple Bluetooth keyboard. I decided against the one with the dock as I prefer the iPad landscape and you had to take the case off in order to use iPad. That seemed like a pain in the ass to me. Instead, I purchased a stand that is amazing compact. The other day, I had an hour to kill so I went somewhere with wifi and worked there with my iPad and the keyboard. It was great. The small Apple keyboard is so light you don’t even notice it in your bag. I love, love, love my iPad!
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 – I wasn’t going to buy this but I changed my mind. I really liked Apple’s Pages but Numbers really did not work for me (Apple iWork’s answer to Excel). Plus there was some familiarity of working with Office that I missed. It is quite difficult to switch word processing programs after many years. Office 2011 seems much more stable than office 2004. The templates in both Word and Excel are professional looking. Having used MS Office since I purchased my first computer in 1990 it feels familiar to me. I having to do a little re-training as I have been using for Pages for months. It also seems like they have put back some features that have been missing in Word for some time. The ability to pick up and move text boxes and graphics is back. I am not sure why they stopped including that feature but I really hated it when it was gone. I have noticed that the Mac version of Word does not offer the ability to format text (bold, underline, italic etc.) via the right-click. I liked this feature wish it were in this version of Word. Excel for the Mac 2011 has put back the formula entry bar (or whatever it is called). I have no idea why this was removed (you could turn it on but it was a floating bar) from the default look of the program. I really do not like editing in cells. I just finished using it for my budgets and it was great. It also looks like charts and graphs would be easy to create. The one thing I really missed in Pages was the format painter. That tool is so great when you are trying to correct formatting but it just won’t work. So far, I think Office 2011 for the Mac is pretty good.
Civilization V – will be out on November 23, 2010!! Need I say more?