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  • iWork for iCloud, iOS and Mac Updated with Improved Graphics Tweaks and More


    Apple recently released a series of updates to the iCloud iterations of Pages, Numbers and Keynote including new iOS and OS X app versions. This is likely part of the company’s continued efforts to refine its web-based productivity suite. On iCloud, all three applications gained new Retina display-ready graphical assets as well as the ability to open files directly from iCloud Mail. Additionally, users can now share documents with a “view only” security setting.

    Pages received a new document editor design, improved text wrap and new document templates for iCloud. Users can also edit charts contained in imported documents. Furthermore, the aforementioned view only option is available on the iOS and Mac versions of the software. The following enhancements were released for the iOS iteration:

    • New "view only" setting lets you share documents you want others to view but not edit
    • Search documents by name
    • Inline images and shapes in table cells are preserved on import
    • Better placement of inserted and pasted objects
    • New Arabic and Hebrew templates
    • Improved support for bi-directional text
    • Word count for Hebrew
    • Improved ePub export
    • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
    • Usability improvements


    The mac version of Pages was also updated recently, adding the following features to those seen above:

    • 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
    • Show rulers as a percentage of document size
    • Improved text box behavior
    • Improved EndNote support, including citations in footnotes
    • Improved ePub export


    Those of you interested in downloading Pages can do so from the App Store.

    Apple’s Numbers app was also given a refresh with the Excel competitor gaining improved pop-up menu support for more complex spreadsheets. In addition to the read-only feature introduced in Pages, Numbers for iOS includes the following:

    • 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


    The Mac iteration of the software includes the aforementioned improvements plus the following:

    • 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 behavior
    • Media Browser improvements, including search
    • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
    • Improved AppleScript support
    • Usability improvements


    Numbers can be downloaded for both iOS and OS X via the appropriate App Stores.

    Keynote was also updated with the new iCloud version bringing an updated presentation editor design. Much like Pages, Keynote users can also edit charts in imported documents as well. The iOS version update adds the following features:

    • 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


    The Mac version of the software adds the following features:

    • Improved Presenter Display layouts and labels
    • 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
    • Export to PPTX format
    • Improved AppleScript support
    • Support for animated GIFs
    • Allow objects on slide to layer with master
    • Improved text box behavior
    • Usability improvements

    Keynote for Mac (iTunes Download Link)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iWork for iCloud, iOS and Mac Updated with Improved Graphics Tweaks and More started by Akshay Masand View original post