iWork collection gets update

The three apps in Apple's iWork for iPad collection, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers, received updates today. Common to all three is the following:

  • Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2, including page range selection, number of copies, and duplex printing.
  • Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking.
  • Localized in Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.
  • Improved reliability when importing iWork ’09 and Microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets.
  • Improved usability.
  • Fixed issues when using a WebDAV server, including signing out when a server is no longer accessible, saving port numbers in server addresses, and saving files with invalid characters in their names.
  • Improved PDF export using iOS 4.2, which resolves an issue with missing fonts on Windows.

In addition, Pages has automatic pagination of tables that cross a page break. Numbers received print preview to adjust how a sheet prints across multiple pages, including Auto Fit, and PDF export takes advantage of pagination settings from print preview. Lastly, Keynote has an enhanced presenter display that shows the current slide, the next slide, or your notes when connected to an external display, and the ability to import existing and add new presenter notes to slides.

These are significant updates to the trio, particularly AirPrint wireless printing and support for iOS 4.2 multitasking. If you get a chance to try them out, let us know what you think!

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iWork collection gets update


Airprint doesn't see my printer. Apple's site says it supports like 10 HP printers and that's it. Epic fail.

Also it looks like iOS 4.2.1 has disabled the AirPrint hack that used to work with the previous betas…?! I had it working via AirprintHacktivator and it now it's gone…
And I totally agree -- ending up with a hand-full of printers being (officially) supported really sucks…!

leave it to apple to reinvent the wheel over and over again locking it down more and more. All this work to print a word doc from your ipad.. instead of doing it from a computer like a normal "PRODUCTIVE" person. another niche Apple thing that is useless but somewhat cool. Thanks Steve. Ill stay jailbroken for a while.

Eh, I was hoping for iWork for iPhone. With AirPrint, a universal OS, Retina Display, what is there to lose?

Do you guys really want to type whole documents with your thumbs?
But seriously the lack of AirPrint compatible printers really bugs me, I have an hp photosmart that I just bought last year, and although it works with hp's native iPrint app (only prints pdf's and photos) I was hoping for AirPrint.
Hopefully network printing will make a reapperance

I have to chime in with my agreement that shipping AirPrint with support for just direct printing to a handful of HP printers is an epic fail on Apple's part. For the vast majority of iOS device users, I suspect AirPrint is not a feature, it's a useless tease—especially when there's no promise of AirPrinting to old printers attached to Mac OS systems but only to new AirPrint-enabled printers. Apple controls enough of the ecosystem; shipping the latest Snow Leopard update without AirPrint support was wrong.

Thanks for the link! The instructions there worked perfectly. Now I can print from my Brother printer as well, and the prints look great.