Apple's iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Gain Text Styles, Apple Pencil Customization Options and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today updated its line of iWork apps for iOS and macOS, bringing new features to Pages, Keynote, and Numbers on both iOS devices and Macs.

    All of the apps have a new feature designed to let you style text by filling it with gradients or images, or by applying new outline styles. Images, shapes, and equations can be placed inline in text boxes so they move with text, and using face detection features, subjects in photos are intelligently positioned in placeholders and objects.


    In Pages, Apple added new templates for novels, and the option to reapply text to a master page so text and placeholders return to their default style and position. Release notes for Pages are below:

    iOS Version:
    macOS Version:
    Keynote for iOS and macOS has a new feature for editing master slides while collaborating on a presentation, while Keynote for iOS specifically has options like customizing lists with new bullet types, selecting what the Apple Pencil can do, and more. Release notes for Keynote are below:

    iOS Version:
    macOS Version:
    Numbers for Mac and iOS offers improved performance while editing and sorting tables and the option to add rows to filtered tables. For iOS, there are Apple Pencil options and customizable lists. Release notes for Numbers are below:

    iOS Version:
    macOS Version:
    All of the new updates are available from the iOS App Store and macOS App Store as of this morning.

    [*]Pages for iOS [Direct Link]
    [*]Keynote for iOS [Direct Link]
    [*]Numbers for iOS [Direct Link]
    [*]Pages for macOS [Direct Link]
    [*]Keynote for macOS [Direct Link]
    [*]Numbers for macOS [Direct Link]

    Apple's iWork apps are free downloads for everyone.

    Article Link: Apple's iWork Apps for Mac and iOS Gain Text Styles, Apple Pencil Customization Options and More
  2. atoqir macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2018
    Nice that they keep updating these at regular intervals.

    But I never have come across people who actually use these. At work, my shopping life , my friends and family always either use Office or Google Docs.

    I never get pages or number files
  3. jonblatho macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2014
    Support docs for each with instructions for using some of the new features:
  4. Konigi macrumors member


    Jan 24, 2017
    Montréal, Québec
    Indeed. I don't think PC can use .pages (or .keynote) files, except perhaps if they login to
    That's unfortunate because I find iWork substantially superior in terms of UI, features, stability. They've done a wonderful job here and they keep upgrading them with new features.
  5. 4jasontv macrumors 68000

    Jul 31, 2011
    I have one faculty that uses Keynote for lectures. He presents three times a year and has learned that he needs to provide a PDF. As far as I can tell even the Mac students only use the PDF.
  6. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
    Are the MacOS updates showing for anyone? They're not for me.
  7. AppleMad98004 macrumors 6502

    Aug 23, 2011
    Cylde Hill, WA
    I totally agree. Everyone I know uses MS Office. I really wonder who the end users are for these products. They are really good but what is the user base?
  8. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
    I use all three: Pages almost daily, Numbers when I have sales, and Keynote for educational seminars. I work alone, though, very little collaboration.

    I ended up deleting the all then redownloading them to get the new versions.
  9. techpr macrumors 6502


    Sep 9, 2008
    San Juan, PR
    I use them almost everyday. Pages and Keynote specially. Keynote is far superior to PowerPoint.
  10. Remy149 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2016
    Most of the people I know that use them are students from grade school through college.
  11. sracer, Jun 25, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2019

    sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    Everyone I know uses MS Office... and I use it too, but when I have a choice, i use the iWork suite. Pages allows me to easily create documents with medium to advanced layouts and formatting without getting in the way so that I can spend my time on the content of the document, not how it looks.

    The greatest hurdle I've seen for people to warming up to iWork is that they take an "MS Office mindset" to these apps. One needs to "think different" about how to accomplish the final results. Once over that hurdle, there are many situations where iWork can be used more efficiently and effectively than MS Office.

    Apple has done a stellar job in attempting feature parity between the web/macOS/iOS versions. So much so, that I can start work on a document on my iMac, continue on my iPad, and finish it up on my Pixelbook.

    Here's the web version of Pages running on my Pixelbook (chromebook).
    (click to expand)
    Pages for web.png
  12. RS1999ent, Jun 25, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2019

    RS1999ent macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2008
    I use keynote all the time too. I provide PDFs when I need to share files. My experience is that in academia, at least CS, usage seems to be pretty good.

    That one can now edit master slides in iCloud is great. The only thing I can think of that’s missing is the ability to use locally-installed system fonts through iCloud.
  13. StralyanPithecus macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2018
    Toasty South Texas, I miss my kangaroos.
    Not for me either, it says updated 20 hours ago at the Mac Store but doesn't offer the update button to me.
  14. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    I just updated to the latest on macOS, for those who are tracking the status of linked text box support... no, still not to the level of Pages 4.3
  15. Mainsail macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2010
    I use iWork daily. MS Office seems unnecessarily bloated....and that ribbon....gawd! I know you can customize it, but still it’s awful to me.

    Pages and Keynote are on par with Word and PowerPoint....maybe better in some respects. If you are a quant, you have no choice, since Excel is the standard. I do simple spreadsheets for property management and finance of family real estate. For that stuff, Numbers is fine.

    When I share documents, I almost always send as PDFs....avoids a lot of confusion and can easily be read and annotated with suggestions. Simple.
  16. JetTester macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2014
    Like others here, I really like the iWork suite, but interacting with others, I pretty much have to use MS Office, which is horribly bloated and definitely not a delight to use.
  17. MauiPa macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2018
    I updated to Catalina and iOs 13, public betas, not showing for me (yet)
    --- Post Merged, Jun 25, 2019 ---
    I did a whole international project using the iWork suite. I saved my work in Office format, everything worked fine. albeit I just shared my result data. No one would ever advocate developing spreadsheets or what not in one package for use in another.
  18. Crowbot macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2018
    The user base is me, for one. I don't need Keynote but having a powerful word processor and spreadsheet for free is fantastic. My needs don't justify spending on Office 365. In fact, my former boss used to send me Excel sheets that were too advanced for the version running on my work PC. Once I shot them over to Numbers on my iPad they opened right up. LibreOffice is still a good alternative to Office on PCs.
  19. MauiPa macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2018
    I use the iWork apps exclusively, so much better designed than Office (needs a major update in which they actually streamline, and simplify it). The multiple tables/sheet in Numbers is so much better than the one big honking table Excel paradigm, especially if you need to split Excel into multiple ranges.

    I do admit that I have upped my game into SQL for data analysis, but exporting Numbers/importing to SQLite is a breeze. When I used Excel, the pivot tables were easier, but they crashed a lot (on windows systems, if you can believe that).

    So I am a wholehearted supported.
  20. Böhme417 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2009
    For me, Word and Excel definitely beat out Pages and Numbers. I really tried to use iWork over the years, but it just doesn't cut it. The only exception would be Keynote. I feel like Powerpoint is nearly the same it was 15 years ago. (That's not to say Word and Excel aren't as well, but they are just more capable products anyway. But for a product that is based on visual presentations, it needs to stay fresh.)

    Not showing for me.
  21. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    I haven’t used Office since iWork was introduced. Admittedly I only use Pages on a daily basis but it does all I need it too. Maybe Apple should publicise it more.
  22. markaceto macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2017
    Mac Users: we use pivot tables on Excel and Sheets

    Apple: announcing face detection!
  23. niji, Jun 25, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2019

    niji Contributor


    Feb 9, 2003
    App Store shows new versions, including the update of July 25 in the Version History of each app.
    but was only showing "Open" (the old version). no way to Download the New latest version.
    i wonder if you need Catalina to get download?

    anyway, workaround is to delete current versions and then can immediately access and download new versions.

    great to see apple completing cross platform (iOS/macOS) on its apps.
    can't wait for a notebook based version of iOS/iPadOS, or, trackpad version of Magic Keyboard iPad Pro.
  24. rcooked macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2015
    Yep. Sigh...
  25. saqibhasan macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2007
    Wait - I thought that was possible in numbers? Or was I dreaming about the transposition option?

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