Apple’s iWork Suite For iCloud, iOS And Mac Get New Updates

Apple has pushed out new updates for its iWork apps across iCloud, iOS and Mac. The updated apps include Pages, Numbers and Keynote. The iCloud apps received the updates first, with support for Retina display and other improvements. Updates then followed for both iOS and Mac apps, with several new features.

Apple iWork Suite Updated

Pages, Numbers and Keynote iCloud apps have all received support for Retina graphics. They also get the ability to share view-only documents and the option to open documents directly from iCloud Mail. Apart from that, all three apps have also received individual updates to their designs. The iOS and OS X apps also received similar new features, such as the ability to share view-only documents with others across iOS and Mac.

Pages 2.2 for iOS now lets you search for documents by name, provides better placement of inserted objects and has improved support for bi-directional text. There’s a lot more new features such as:

  • Inline images and shapes in table cells are preserved on import
  • New Arabic and Hebrew templates
  • Word count for Hebrew
  • Improved ePub export
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Usability improvements

Pages for iOS is available for download in the App Store for $9.99.

The Mac version of the Pages also received similar new features as the iOS app and some more:

  • Delete, duplicate and reorder sections using the page navigator
  • Copy-paste style improvements
  • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • Improved AppleScript support
  • Create custom data formats
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Show rulers as a percentage of document size
  • Improved text box behaviour
  • Improved EndNote support, including citations in footnotes
  • Usability improvements

You can download Pages 5.2 for OS X from the Mac App Store for $19.99.

Numbers 2.2 for iOS received the following new features:

  • New “view only” setting lets you share spreadsheets you want others to view but not edit
  • Search spreadsheets by name
  • Progress indicator for calculations
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Faster CSV import
  • Improved Microsoft Excel compatibility
  • Usability improvements

Numbers for iOS is available for download from the App Store for $9.99.

Numbers 3.2 for OS X received the following updates, some similar to the ones that the iOS version got:

  • Set margins in print setup
  • Create headers and footers in print setup
  • New printing options: page numbering, page ordering and zoom
  • Create custom data formats
  • Create custom table styles
  • Drag and drop a CSV file directly into a sheet
  • Automatically update an existing table by dragging in a CSV file
  • Cell-based import feedback
  • Improved text box behaviour
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
  • Improved AppleScript support
  • Usability improvements

You can download Numbers 3.2 from the Mac App Store for $19.99.

Keynote 2.2 for iOS got the following new features and improvements:

  • Use your finger to illustrate on slides as you present
  • New “view only” setting lets you share presentations you want others to view but not edit
  • New portrait layout option in presenter display
  • Search presentations by name
  • New transitions and builds: Object Revolve, Drift and Scale, and Skid
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Export to PPTX format
  • Detailed presentation import feedback
  • Improved animation performance
  • Improved bi-directional support: switch direction for text, lists and tables
  • Usability improvements

Keynote 2.2 for iOS is available for download from the App Store. It’ll cost you $9.99.

Keynote for OS X also got updated with similar features and some others just for the Mac version:

  • Improved Presenter Display layouts and labels
  • New transitions and builds: Object Revolve, Drift and Scale, and Skid
  • Improved Magic Move including text morphing
  • Apply motion blur to animations
  • Show rulers as a percentage of document size
  • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • Directly specify start and end points of movies
  • Create custom data formats
  • Improved AppleScript support
  • Support for animated GIFs
  • Detailed presentation import feedback
  • Allow objects on slide to layer with master
  • Improved text box behavior
  • Usability improvements

Download Keynote 6.2 from the Mac App Store for $19.99.

These updates come just less than a week after Microsoft released its Office suite for the iPad, which saw a very good response from iOS users. What do you prefer? The Apple iWork Suite or Microsoft’s Office?

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