iPad owners who have been using Microsoft's suite of Office tools for the past few months can now download the first major update for those apps since they were first released in late March,. These version 1. 1 updates offer a number of additional features
The PowerPoint update for iPad can now incorporate video and audio in a presentation, and video can be embedded directly from the Camera Roll. Also, Presenter View can be enabled when projecting a PowerPoint presentation to another screen. Hyperlinks can be be edited inside the app and there are some new eraser and pen settings.
The Excel app now allows for PivotTabels to be sorted, filtered, expanded and collapsed, along with a way to refresh them and show details. There's also a new flick gesture. Microsoft says:
Simply grab the selection handle, flick it in any direction, and Excel will automatically select from where you started to the next blank cell. Say you're at the top of a column of data and want to select all the way to the bottom. Just flick down and the column is selected automatically.
There's also been some more printing improvements for Excel, such as scaling options and more paper sizes. Finally, there's a way for the app to use hardware keyboards so that users can access familiar keyboard specific shortcuts.
Excel, PowerPoint and Word all now can export documents to PDF files in this new Office update, along with new image editing tools for cropping and resetting photos. Finally, the Office for iPad apps support third party fonts for the first time.
Just a reminder: While the Office apps are free to download and use for viewing documents, a paid Office 365 subscription is needed to edit files with the apps. Do you like what Microsoft is offering for this first big Office for iPad update?