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Upcoming additions to iWork for Mac detailed by Apple

Upcoming additions to iWork for Mac detailed by Apple

Apple has released some details about what changes and features will be making their way to the latest versions of iWork for Mac. Many people were upset when they found that several features were removed from the latest version. But Apple has announced some features that will be coming to iWork for Mac in the next six months. Apple noted that the iWork applications were rewritten from the ground up as 64-bit apps, with Apple seeking a united file format between iOS and OS X versions, and that meant that some features from iWork '09 didn't make the cut, according to a support article:

In rewriting these applications, some features from iWork ’09 were not available for the initial release. We plan to reintroduce some of these features in the next few releases and will continue to add brand new features on an ongoing basis.

All three iWork apps will be regaining their customizable toolbars. Pages will also have a verticle ruler, improved alignment guides, and keyboard shortcuts for styles. Nubmers will get zoom and window placement improvements, multi-column and range sorting, auto-complete for cell text page headers and footers, and improved AppleScript support. Keynote will also see improvements to AppleScript support, the restoration of old transitions and builds, and improvements to presenter display.

Apple reminds users that while they are waiting for these features to come to the new versions of iWork, they can use the previous versions of iWork, which they can find thing the iWork '09 folder in their Applications folder.

How do you feel about what Apple is doing here? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Apple

Joseph Keller

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Upcoming additions to iWork for Mac detailed by Apple

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Though I am not a big user of iWorks There are times that I will use Pages and Keynote to do things I just can't get done in Word or PowerPoint. As for Numbers I will only use that is I have no access to Excel I use some very interesting functions in Excel that just are not available in Numbers.

All that being said I think it is great that Apple is giving new iOS device and Mac buyers the software for free. If you don't need the things that I was talking about then that is AWESOME. Great for the general user for sure!!!

I think it sucks yes, but I'm definitely not mad about it. Considering that the apps are rebuilt from the ground up there is nothing to be mad about. Apple is usually quick to work on stuff and as long as we aren't still sitting here waiting 6-12 months later I'm good.

I wonder if this might be part of the reason that these became free - they weren't finished!
I am glad though, I had these apps before and now I can use them more since they will be on all of my devices.

If you read the support article, it's interesting that they're bringing back some Applescript features for Numbers & Keynote. Seeing that Apple made a huge deal about full-file compatibility across web, iOS, OSX, I wonder if bringing back Applescript features to the Mac negatively affects full-file compatibility. Or is Apple back-tracking on its original vision for iWork?

Considering the feature they removed that I need isn't included in this list, no, I'm not very happy.

I write books with Pages, and use images embedded in tables. A lot of them. These are all removed if I open the file with the new Pages. Not only do I have to keep using 09 on my Mac, I can't access these files online or with my iPhone or iPad. :(

You should be able to push a pages 09 document to icloud from the finder on your Mac. Then if u edit on your ipad or iphone... You can reopen that document on your Mac using only the "new" pages. From there you should be able to export out of "new" pages into pages 09. And continue working on it. You would probably have to delete the now unedited version of the document from icloud and repeat the cycle.

For me the lack of key features in the toolbar heading, the extra steps needed to save as a word document, and the ugly new icon is what killed it for me. Pages 09 icon is probably the best app icon ever

I don't think any of us needs to worry about lack of iWork features down the road. Apple is making iWork for free mostly to take on enterprise in a big way, and they tend to demand more features than the usual end-consumers. Apple would not have any problem throwing the extra features in to make a stronger case to buy their beautiful machines.