iWork for iOS

Apple Updates iWork Suite for iOS and macOS

Apple has released a significant update to the iWork suite of app for both iOS and macOS. The update to Keynote, Numbers, and Pages was not unexpected. When the iPad Air and iPad mini were released last week, Apple announced that a new version of the apps would be coming with a specific focus on the tablet experience and the Apple Pencil.

For example, in Keynote, you can use the Apple Pencil (or your finger) to draw in a direction to animate an object on a slide. The other iWork apps, Numbers and Pages, don’t necessarily do anything special with the Apple Pencil but clearly you can use it with these apps for precise cell or text selection.

Here then are the release notes. First is Keynote, the presentation app that is part of the suite.

  • Draw a path with your finger or Apple Pencil to animate an object across the slide. 
  • Add emphasis to presentations with action build effects, including move, rotate, and scale animations. 
  • Create and share an animated GIF by exporting one or more slides. 
  • Edit presenter notes while presenting or rehearsing a slideshow. 
  • Save custom shapes for use in other presentations and access them on any device using iCloud
  • Create themes to use as a model for new presentations, and access them on any device using iCloud. 
  • Slides with custom wider aspect ratios now display better in the slide navigator, light table, and presenter display. 
  • Create image placeholders to easily replace images without affecting the formatting of your slide. 
  • Improved performance while collaborating on presentations. 
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating. 
  • Support for vertical text in shapes and text boxes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.
iWork for iOS
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Numbers, the spreadsheet app that is part of iWork, also has a number of changes and updates in this release.

  • Make precise changes to table row and column counts and sizes with the format pane. 
  • Performance and usability improvements to Smart Categories. 
  • Save custom shapes for use in other spreadsheets, then access them on any device using iCloud. 
  • Create templates to use as a model for new spreadsheets, and access them on any device using iCloud. 
  • Increased maximum zoom level to 400%. 
  • Enhancements to Excel and comma separated value file import. 
  • Create image placeholders to easily replace images without affecting the formatting of your spreadsheet. 
  • Improved performance while collaborating on spreadsheets. 
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating. 
  • Support for vertical text in shapes and text boxes in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages.

Finally there is Pages, the documents app that is part of the suite. Here are the release notes for its update.

  • Use the new table of contents view to easily navigate your document or book.
  • Insert a table of contents onto a page in a word-processing document. 
  • Save custom shapes for use in other documents and access them on any device using iCloud. 
  • Create templates to use as a model for new documents, and access them on any device using iCloud. 
  • Create image placeholders to easily replace images without affecting the formatting of your page. 
  • Switch your document between word processing and page layout. 
  • Improved performance while collaborating on documents. 
  • Edit grouped objects while collaborating. 
  • In Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages, you can now type vertically in your entire document or in an individual text box.

These updates are all available now in both the App Store and the Mac App Store. If you have the apps installed, updates should be ready for your on your various devices.

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