iWork on iCloud Drops Beta Tag, iOS and OS X Versions get Updates

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Apple finally dumped the beta tag from the iCloud versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on Friday. The company also rolled out updates for the iOS and OS X versions of the apps with support for 3D Touch, Split View, and more.

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The now officially non-beta iWork on iCloud apps added several new features:

  • Pages: Word count, create custom colors, version history, preview on mobile Web browsers, comments, support for opening Pages '06 and '08 documents, view tracked changes, and insert pages and sections.
  • Numbers: Create custom colors, filter tables, edit pop-up menu cells, animate interactive charts, version history, and preview on mobile Web browsers.
  • Keynote: Slide navigator for show, hide and resize, create custom colors, comments, copy and paste slides, support for opening Keynote '06 and '08 files, version history, and preview on mobile Web browsers.

The iWork apps for iOS gained support for Split View and 3D Touch, improved Voice Over support, gained better export support for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF, and ePub, offer better support for OpenType fonts, and more.

The OS X iWork versions support OS X El Capitan's Split View, include haptic feedback and Force click support on Force Touch trackpads, offer better export support for Word, PowerPoint, Excel, ePub and EndNote, can open '06 and '08 versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, gained improved AppleScript support, and more.

The updates didn't come quite as quickly as expected, but now that they're here they include welcome improvements to go along with iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan support.

Apple's iWork apps are free with new iOS device and Mac purchases. The updates are free through the App Store and Mac App Store.

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Split View and 3D Touch support are great, but the big surprise in the iWork updates is improved AppleScript support on the Mac.

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From what I read, the “AppleScript improvements” were just to include support for the improved Office, PDF and ePub export features.

Still, I’l take what I can get.

Just when everybody was whining that Apple has forgotten all about iWork!

Me happy!


Oh waitaminnit!!

Apple’s website http://www.apple.com/productivity-apps/whats-new/pages/ sez that they’ve added AppleScript doe Mail Merge along with other unspecified AppleScript improvements!

I guess Apple hasn’t forgotten all about AppleScript either!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!


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