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iWork for iCloud Updated With Retina Support and Design Improvements, iOS and Mac Updates to Follow

Following the launch of Microsoft's Office apps for iOS, Apple is updating its iWork apps for iCloud, Mac, and iOS, adding some major improvements to compete with Microsoft's Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

As noted by 9to5Mac, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iCloud have gained updated designs for their document, spreadsheet, and presentation editors along with support for Retina displays. All three apps have also been updated with the ability to share view-only documents and to open documents directly from iCloud Mail.

Individually, Pages has also been updated with new templates, the ability to edit charts in imported documents, and improved text wrap. Numbers now has improved pop-up menu support, and Keynote also allows charts to be edited in imported documents.

A pop-up within the iWork for iCloud apps indicates that Apple also has plans to update Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for both iOS and Mac, with the updates being required to open documents edited in iCloud.

Apple last updated its iWork suite of apps across all platforms in January, adding several new features to improve the software and return functionality that was removed when the new iWork apps were introduced back in September. Apple pledged to improve the apps back in November after facing significant user criticism from power users.

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 2:00 PM PT: Keynote, Numbers, and Pages for Mac are all available for download, with each update adding a slew of new features to the apps, including a new "view only" setting that allows users to share documents that can be viewed but not edited. The updated versions of all three apps contain a slew of new features.

Keynote, for example, has gained improved Presenter Display layouts and labels along with new transitions and builds, among other features, while Numbers has new printing options, custom data formats, and custom table styles. Pages has copy-paste style improvements, improved AppleScript support, and better placement of inserted and pasted objects. All of the updates can be found in the Mac App Store.

Updated versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for iOS are also available for download from the App Store, adding the same "view only" setting that lets users share documents that can be viewed but not edited, along with many other new features.

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72 months ago

iWork has a loooonnnnggggg way to go before people can ditch Microsoft Office.

That isn't necessarily true. For many people, all they use is the basic functions of Word, PowerPoint, or Excel. And although I can' stay I'm a heavy iWork user, from my limited experience, it does just fine for the basics. I fit into the category of I don't use "office" products enough to pay 100 bucks a year, so iWork will do just fine.
Rating: 22 Votes
72 months ago
Free iWork >>>>> subscription based Microsoft Office.

Welcome the improvements!
Rating: 20 Votes
72 months ago
iWork has a loooonnnnggggg way to go before people can ditch Microsoft Office.
Rating: 17 Votes
72 months ago
Improvements to the iCloud website are always welcome. Really wish Apple would take the iCloud website to the next level and add things like iMessages and 3rd party apps. It would be great if developers could utilize iCloud web based API so that iOS app users could work with iOS app data through the iCloud website.
Rating: 14 Votes
72 months ago
Apple showing Microsoft who's boss
Rating: 12 Votes
72 months ago

So does this mean we get to leave beta now?

Beta? I'd be happy to make it out of proof of concept to alpha..
Rating: 10 Votes
72 months ago
How about bringing back the ability to copy, duplicate and rearrange pages in PAGES!:mad:

Also, the lost multitouch support is a huge loss as well. Don't need it for zooming. It was better used for image manipulation.
Rating: 8 Votes
72 months ago

iWork has a loooonnnnggggg way to go before people can ditch Microsoft Office.

Microsoft Office has a loooooooonnnnnnngggg way to go to get me to leave the free iWork and go back paying for such a bloated application that kills productivity through complexity.

We just hired a new person on our team who had never used a Mac before so they trained on the iCloud version of Pages in the morning and was creating and sharing documents in our office by the next day. When I get a report from her on my iPhone it shares complete fidelity with her Web version and when I make a change on my iPhone it doesn't mess up anything when I check back on my Mac in the office. Complete cross platform compatibility. Neither Microsoft nor Google have got this right yet.

That's worth a whole lot of money to me per year.... a lot more than an Office subscription.

Looks like that code rewrite from the ground up is starting to pay off with much faster and more frequent updates. I like it!
Rating: 8 Votes
72 months ago

Google has gotten cross compatibility right actually.


Google isn't even close. All they have is web versions of their apps. It's pretty easy to build some web apps and "sync" them over the cloud because they're only talking through one protocol/language back to your server.

Apple and Microsoft have full native desktop applications that sync with real native mobile applications that also sync with online web versions. So far, Microsoft hasn't been able to get all versions to sync with full fidelity like Apple has so far but at least they have ok compatibility.

Google is so far behind even Microsoft it's not even funny. All they have so far are feature limited web apps. Their competitor to Keynote and Powerpoint is just laughably bad. It's going to take Google a long time to catch up with what Apple and Microsoft are doing.
Rating: 6 Votes
72 months ago
I am getting tired of all these pointless discussions about Apple iWork and Microsoft Office. It somehow mimics the pointless PC vs. Mac thing.

The arguments are all the same, and no conclusion whatsoever. Nobody could ever, in my experience, change the opinion of the other.

People who prefer iWork usually see no reason for paying a premium for using Microsoft Office. They are usually committed to Apple products (Macs, iPads and iPhones) and sometimes Mac Evangelists. In addition, they are usually attracted by the simplicity and elegance of iWork, which integrates well with the operating system. Microsoft Office is sometimes called "bloated" with useless features. In most cases, these users do not need too many advanced features which iWork lack, nor need to collaborate a lot with users from other platforms.

People who prefer Microsoft Office, on the other hand, tend to be more business-oriented. They sometimes need the advanced features that Word offers, such as cross-references, indexing, and so on. Or, sometimes, they just want the maximum compatibility with others, and want to be 100% guaranteed that, no matter how many bells and whistles a file will have, it will be opened on nearly any computer in the world. Because everybody is supposed and expected to use Microsoft Office, a de facto standard. Sometimes these people think that iWork lacks features or compatibility.

And there are, of course, people who like LibreOffice or OpenOffice. These people are sometimes committed to Linux. They praise the fact that LibreOffice is free and open source, and that there is no need to be locked into proprietary software such as Microsoft Office or iWork. They argue that LibreOffice has a similar set of features than Microsoft Office and has compatibility. And then there are those who bash LibreOffice because it is not elegant as Microsoft Office or iWork, and is not fully compatible with everything.

So, why should we go on discussing? Is anybody going to change his opinion?

I only wished that Microsoft released the next version of Office, and that Apple sped up a little development of iWork.
Rating: 6 Votes

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