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iWork for iOS, iCloud and Mac Updated

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Apple updated their iWork for iOS apps. Pages, Numbers and Keynote now work better with Microsoft Office, include sharing and collaboration features with password protection and they get some other minor enhancements in each app. One change brings the iOS apps in line with Apple’s other versions of iWork for the Mac and for iCloud. On the Mac they added back some features Apple stripped out last fall when they rewrote the apps to make them compatible with the newly launched iCloud beta versions.

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Like the Mac and iCloud versions, the iOS apps add the ability to password protect files and share those password protected files with others. Any files shared with a user will show up in a new drop-down list in the iCloud site and in the Mac or iOS apps.

pages on ipad

In Pages Apple boosted the Microsoft Word support with better exporting compatibility. Here’s the full list of updated features in Pages for iOS from the app description in the App Store.

  • Share password-protected documents via iCloud link
  • View character count with or without spaces
  • Export password-protected documents to DOCX format
  • Start a list automatically using new special characters
  • Create charts with date, time, and duration values
  • Improved support for bidirectional text
  • Improved ePub export
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft Word 2013 documents
  • Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Pages ’09 and Microsoft Word documents
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

Many of these improvements also come to Numbers. Apple added better Excel 2013 support and the same password protection and sharing along with some improvements specific to Numbers.

  • View and edit spreadsheets in landscape orientation
  • Chart date and duration values
  • Share password-protected documents via iCloud link
  • Export password-protected spreadsheets to XLSX format
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel 2013 spreadsheets
  • Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Numbers ’09 and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

keynote sharing

The biggest new feature in Keynote adds support for using one iOS device to control a slide show on another device. We also get new transitions and an improved presenter display feature. That’s the interface a presenter sees when running their presentation. Like the other apps we get the password protection and sharing along with improved support for PowerPoint 2013. See Apple’s list below:

  • Use the new remote feature to control slide shows on other devices
  • New transitions including Droplet and Grid
  • Enhanced presenter display options
  • Share password-protected documents via iCloud link
  • Create charts with date, time, and duration values
  • Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Keynote ’09 and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 presentations
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

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