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iWork for iOS and Mac Updated With Password-Protected Sharing, New Features [Updated]

iwork.jpgAlong with an update for its iWork for iCloud apps that brought an iOS 7-style redesign, Apple today released updates for its iWork apps for both Mac and iOS, as well as minor updates for both iMovie for Mac and Podcasts for iOS.

All of Apple's iWork apps, including its iWork for iCloud apps, now have support for more secure document viewing with password-protected sharing capabilities.

In addition to password-protected documents, Keynote for iOS has also gained new transitions and a built-in remote function, which will likely replace the standalone Keynote Remote app, while Numbers for iOS now offers landscape viewing and the ability to edit spreadsheets.

Keynote for Mac has gained new transitions, improved display options, the ability to share password-protected presentations via iCloud, and charts with time, date, and duration values. The update also includes improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 presentations and support for custom number charts on imported Keynote '09 and PowerPoint presentations.

Pages for Mac has a new vertical ruler, keyboard shortcuts, and alignment guides while Numbers for Mac now offers tools for sorting multiple columns or rows and autocomplete when editing cells. The updates for all of the apps should be available later today, with Slashgear and TechCrunch providing some additional information on the new features.

Apple's iWork update will be a welcome change for Mac users who were disappointed with the upgraded iWork apps that were released in October, as the new apps were missing several features available in older versions of the software. In November, Apple pledged to re-introduce several lost features over the course of the next six months and today's update is the first step in that direction.

The iWork suite of apps for iOS and Mac are available to users who owned previous versions of iWork and to users who have purchased new Mac and iOS devices. Customers who do not fit those criteria can purchase the iWork apps for Mac for $19.99 and the iWork apps for iOS for $9.99.

Pages for Mac - [Mac App Store]
Numbers for Mac - [Mac App Store]
Keynote for Mac [Mac App Store]

Pages for iOS - [App Store]
Numbers for iOS - [App Store]
Keynote for iOS - [App Store]

Update: The updates for iWork for Mac and iOS are all available for download from their respective App Stores.

Update 2: The Keynote Remote app, which was never updated for iOS 7 or even the iPhone 5, has been removed from the App Store and Apple is now recommending that users upgrade to the new Keynote 2.1 for iOS to replace the functionality.

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10 months ago
The new Pages does really suck balls to be very fair. The whole format bar is now a massive, awkward sidebar, yet all the stupid little windows still have to be called up for certain tasks, like aligning an object. And you can't close them by pressing Cmd + W, you have to actually press the tiny mini-sized close button with the mouse.

It feels like the whole thing is empty, devoid of features.

Also, why the HELL does it come up with an OPEN FILE dialog every time I open Pages?? Why doesn't it open a blank document straight away? If I wanted to open an old file, I would open it from the damn Finder!

And I still hate the way Save As does "Duplicate". No I don't want two identical windows, dammit, it's so freaking annoying.

Pages '09 was crap but this is worse! It's not by adding a few features that it's going to get fixed. This needs a ground-up rewrite.
Rating: 10 Votes
10 months ago

Too little too late. Never remove features I use or you will never be trusted again.


It's usually expected for features to be missing right after a major software rewrite.
Rating: 10 Votes
10 months ago
Too little too late. Never remove features I use or you will never be trusted again.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 months ago

...This needs a ground-up rewrite.


This IS the ground-up rewrite. That's why it's missing everything that '09 had. This is Apple porting the iOS version to Mac OS X and TRASHING the Mac OS X codebase for Pages (and the other apps).

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Some strong feelings here against Pages. I have pretty light document editing needs so I quite enjoy the simplicity of the iWork suite


It WAS simple before, except it had useful features for people who need more than a simple text editor.
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago
Some strong feelings here against Pages. I have pretty light document editing needs so I quite enjoy the simplicity of the iWork suite
Rating: 4 Votes
10 months ago
Not updating from iWorks '09 yet until there are more improvements to the new versions.
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago

Too little too late. Never remove features I use or you will never be trusted again.


Did you use Spaces?
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago
I've been loving the new Pages version. As intuitive as it was before in '09, I feel that it got a lot better in the upgrade.

And I've been floored at what Pages for iCloud can do - I'm never touching that POS Google Docs again.

The lack of security in file sharing was all that concerned me before. Now that that's resolved, I don't see any reason I'd ever change.

Well, okay, one thing has been bugging me… Tables (and presumably other things you can add to the document) don't follow the text indentation even when you have them inline. To get them to appear where I want them to, I've been having to make them floating and resize them to have their left edge align with my text indentation level… kind of obnoxious - especially if I decide to adjust the text above the table. Then I have to manually move the table around again.
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago

Apple knows nothing about Office Apps. Cut a deal and leave it up to Microsoft.


What everyone seems to forget here is that Apple is the only large party that has a truly free online office suite that is functionally at parity with their (also free) hardware bundled office suite.

That is the strategy behind this rewrite. The capabilities of the online suite are probably currently holding the software version back. I'm quite happy with the current versions and also trust we will see many more updates to increase functionality.

Although this is all slow and losing features is annoying, this strategy is a good one, and one that Apple and us users will benefit from in the long term.
Rating: 3 Votes
10 months ago

This wasn't a major rewrite. This was just a feature gut.


Wrong it was a major re-write to a whole new code base that would make it easier to maintain compatibility across all platforms (OS X, iOS, and Cloud)
Rating: 3 Votes

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