Apple Updates Pages, Keynote, Numbers for OS X with New Templates, Effects, More

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Apple released X.2 updates for its iWork suite for the Mac on Tuesday. Pages 5.2, Keynote 6.2, and Numbers 3.2 include a host of improvements and changes, including new templates, new effects and transitions, and support for the new "view only" setting for documents you share on iCloud that was released earlier on Tuesday.

iWork for OS X

All three updates are available for free on the Mac App Store now.

Apple's extensive patch notes:

Pages 5.2 Patch Notes:

  • New "view only" setting lets you share documents you want others to view but not edit
  • Delete, duplicate and reorder sections using the page navigator
  • Inline images and shapes in table cells are preserved on import
  • Copy-paste style improvements
  • Better placement of inserted and pasted objects
  • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • Improved AppleScript support
  • New Arabic and Hebrew templates
  • Improved support for bi-directional text
  • Word count for Hebrew
  • Create custom data formats
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Show rulers as a percentage of document size
  • Improved text box behaviour
  • Improved EndNote support, including citations in footnotes
  • Improved ePub export
  • Usability improvements

Keynote 6.2 Patch Notes:

  • New "view only" setting lets you share presentations you want others to view but not edit
  • Improved Presenter Display layouts and labels
  • New transitions and builds: Object Revolve, Drift and Scale, and Skid
  • Improved Magic Move including text morphing
  • Apply motion blur to animations
  • Show rulers as a percentage of document size
  • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • Directly specify start and end points of movies
  • Create custom data formats
  • Export to PPTX format
  • Improved AppleScript support
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Support for animated GIFs
  • Detailed presentation import feedback
  • Improved animation performance
  • Improved bi-directional support: switch direction for text, lists and tables
  • Allow objects on slide to layer with master
  • Improved text box behaviour
  • Usability improvements

Numbers 3.2 Patch Notes:

  • New "view only" setting lets you share spreadsheets you want others to view but not edit
  • Set margins in print setup
  • Create headers and footers in print setup
  • New printing options: page numbering, page ordering and zoom
  • Create custom data formats
  • Create custom table styles
  • Drag and drop a CSV file directly into a sheet
  • Automatically update an existing table by dragging in a CSV file
  • Control the z-order of bubble chart labels
  • Cell-based import feedback
  • Improved text box behaviour
  • Media Browser improvements, including search
  • Improved Instant Alpha image editing
  • Improved Microsoft Excel compatibility
  • Improved AppleScript support
  • Usability improvements

Comments

Substance

Good to see that the OS X iWork apps are getting updated alongside their iOS and iCloud counterparts after years of no updates at all.  The developer inside me though is curious as to why the OS X iWork apps weight in between 54 MB to 93 MB downloads whereas their iOS counterparts come in between 239 MB to 456 MB downloads.  Is there that much more heavy-lifting being performed by OS X than there is by iOS?

Weelii Themes

Like these powerful examples.
http://weelii.com/keynote-templates/

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