Tweetbot for Mac, while the suite is free with the purchase of a new Mac, users on older machines who have never purchased any version of iWork in the past must pay the full price for each app.
Its unlikely that Apple can even fix the issue, since the trial versions of old iWork apps are identical to the retail copies (but require a serial number to activate).
Previous versions of iWork, including the most recent iWork '08, required serial numbers whether purchased digitally or physically in a retail box.You can't live with 'em, but you can't support future development without 'emunless you buy iWork '09 in a retail box.Users who have previously downloaded the free 30-day iWork trial and kept it on their systems found themselves able to update to the latest version of Apples productivity suite for free yesterday due to what is apparently a bug with the way the store finds copies.This allows users to install yesterdays updated apps without having to pay anything.Level 8 (39,339 points apr 20, 2012 2:36 PM in response to dspmike, i'm sure the problem is that you have the trial of iWork '09 installed.Yvan Koenig has written an AppleScript that removes the files.You need to delete the trial then reinstall from the boxed DVD or the Mac App Store.Apple offers no explanation for dropping serial numbers from boxed copies of iWork '09.You can find it on his m account in for_iWork'09 other_iWork'09 items uninstall iWork '09.zip.
We don't know if the company is using some other scheme to somehow bind the software from boxed iWork '09 versions to a user or a Mac, or if Apple is just throwing caution to the wind with those who buy physical copies of the.
Update: Aperture users are reporting that the trial version of that app also allows a full upgrade for free.
Last night, I caught an Apple support document in my RSS feeds that is simply titled: in your face tab pro iWork '09: Serial number not required for installation of retail boxes.
It's a "giitch" in the installer code that Apple has not fixed.
It's important to note that Apple has never required a license for its iLife suite, long delivered free on Macs, but also sold in a boxed version for preexisting Mac owners who want to upgrade.This bug allows those users to circumvent that process.Does anyone who picked up a boxed copy have some thoughts to share?Please make your way to the comments form below.However, a boxed copy can be installed from the disc over a trial to upgrade the suite without requiring a serial number.The document states that users will need to purchase serial numbers should they decide to keep using a digitally-downloaded trial.Since the apps use the same identifier whether activated or not, the App Store has no way to determine if the trial has been activated.Since the Mac App Store now detects boxed copies of iWork and allows them to be updated to the Mac App Store version, it seems the trial versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are perceived by the App Store as being a full purchased copy.All modelsiBook : iBook G3 12"iBook : iBook G3 14"iBook : iBook G3 ClamShelliBook G4 12" : Early 2004, 1GHziBook G4 12" : Late 2004,.2GziBook G4 12" : Mid 2005,.33GHziBook G4 12" : Original, 800MHziBook G4 14" : Early 2004iBook G4 14".Peggy, apr 20, 2012 2:36 PM in response to dspmike."Install iWork '09 from the enclosed disc and you're ready to go the chummy doc says.The files to delete are the iWork 09 folder from the main HD Applications; the iWork 09 folder in HD Library Application Support the individual eltima serial splitter 2.0 iWork application plist files found in HD Users (your account) Library Preferences for each user.