iWork for iOS and Mac Updated, Keynote Gains New Transitions

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has pushed new updates for its iWork suite of productivity apps on both the Mac and iOS.

    For iOS, Keynote saw the biggest improvements, gaining a number of new transitions, in addition to Apple's standard "stability improvements and bug fixes". Numbers and Pages each received unnamed stability improvements.

    On the Mac, Keynote gained the same new transitions as on iOS, while Numbers and Pages received new toolbar customization options and other bug fixes.

    The apps were last updated in October when updated versions of all the apps were released for iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks.

    Users who own previous versions of iWork on Mac or iOS get these updates for free, as do users buying new Mac and iOS devices. For users with older devices that don't own the apps, they are available for $19.99/each on the Mac App Store and $9.99/each on the iOS App Store.

    Pages for Mac - [Mac App Store]
    Numbers for Mac - [Mac App Store]
    Keynote for Mac [Mac App Store]

    Pages for iOS - [App Store]
    Numbers for iOS - [App Store]
    Keynote for iOS - [App Store]

    Article Link: iWork for iOS and Mac Updated, Keynote Gains New Transitions
  2. Futurix macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2011
    Wow, that was fast!
    I'm guessing they actually planned to start restoring the missing features in advance and not just in response to negative publicity.
  3. SAdProZ macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2005
  4. efktd macrumors 6502


    Sep 29, 2011
  5. FirstNTenderbit macrumors 6502


    Jan 15, 2013
    If they are starting the updates this quickly wouldn't it have made more sense to release a finished product? Updates re-introducing old/new features doesn't make sense to me. Was anyone really clamoring for a redesign of the iWork suite so badly that releasing an unfinished product was necessary?

    It's their product and they know way more than I do about it.

    Just an outside-in observation.:confused:
  6. McFreggle macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2001
    Dendermonde/Leuven, Belgium
    Nice update. Apple cares about software again.
  7. GastonM, Nov 21, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2013

    GastonM macrumors member

    Aug 17, 2012
    Maastricht, Netherlands, Europe
    First thing I notice is that some icons in the Mac-apps are changed (mostly thicker). A lot better, I think.
  8. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    After that reception following the 5.0 release, I would assume that Apple would have chosen to add something to the first update, other than bling-bling features..
  9. JackieTreehorn macrumors 6502


    May 22, 2005
    Bring back 'Facing pages' and perhaps I will start using it again. I did not buy a 27" iMac just so that I could scroll down single pages, Apple.

    Microsoft Word allows me to have 4 pages on one screen. Your screen.

    Fix it.
  10. asggold macrumors member


    Sep 21, 2012
    Maybe one day they will actually add the ability to open a document which is password protected. Always seem to forget the simple things. :confused:
  11. hkenneth macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2011
    Vertical alignment for Asian language please...
  12. cheekyjeremy macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2009
    How about bringing back the ability to:

    Add a page
    Delete a page
    Move a page
    Duplicate a page
    Copy a page

    Shouldn't be too complicated... :(
  13. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Well done Apple.

    Now, for Numbers:

    1. Ability to see page breaks when building spreadsheets. This print preview mode is not sufficient.

    2. Ability to create custom number format.

    Across the suite:

    1. Ability to leave all of the drop down toggles in the inspector open. Honestly, this was a good idea, but in practice just slows down ability to create. A universal default to leave them all open would help everyone but the most novice of users. It simply hides key interface which is continually required.

    But, again, great job Apple upgrading so quickly. Let's see that commitment continue.
  14. Ieo macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2009
    I don't use word processors that often, but I do know that the old version of pages opened word documents with minimal format changes. This new version of pages has absolutely mangled every word document I've opened so far, taking one from a 7 page doc to a 13 page doc with illegible, broken sentences and random gaps and spaces all over the place. Margins all over the place, etc.
  15. mdelvecchio macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2010
    this is not an official apple support forum. this is a user-to-user rumors site.
  16. nagromme macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    They're still not done with the planned additions. Weeks, even months more work likely remain. They COULD have waited, but had nothing ready anywhere near the release of iOS 7. And the benefits of the new versions would have been delayed along with the things that were missing.

    Nothing they could do would have kept 100% of people happy; I think they made the best call.

    This is why it's risky to rebuild and streamline an existing app--a risk few companies dare take. It's a move with huge long-term benefits and a few short-term problems (except keeping the old versions is a nice stopgap). Apple dares face the short-term tempest in a teapot for the sake of a better end result.
  17. mdelvecchio macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2010
    if you work in software, or creative writing, then youll know -- nothing is ever finished. most often the deadlines eventually get set at some point, but because it's not a hard science and is instead a bit of guesstimation, not everything makes it...you try to get as much as possible. lower-priority items (like these additional transitions) get bumped to future releases.

    in a perfect world we'd all produce our code in a neat little dependable way that makes scheduling 100% accurate. but that aint this world. every programmer i know tends to underestimate how long it takes us to do things, whether due to enthusiasm or unexpected challenges.
  18. paul55br macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2012
  19. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    All they did was re-add features that were in the prior versions... it seems to me they could have easily have done that on day one by just hitting "Undo".

    I exaggerate, obviously, but it's not that hard to bring back old features.

    I would have expected at least a few new transitions that I haven't seen before...
  20. gatearray macrumors 65816

    Apr 24, 2010
    The new iWork apps were tied to the iPad keynote presentation, which of course was tied to the new iPad release. When the date is contingent on a hardware release, waiting until the software is "just right" is not an option. :)
  21. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    Hmm pages seem to run the ever classic "snapper" on my ipad 2. Documents open fast as does the app. No joke.
  22. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    I see many people making this same mistake. Apple did not "remove" any functions. This version of iWork was completely re-written in 64 bit, using Apple's most current development tools.

    What happened was they couldn't include every existing function in time for the release. So, people say "then wait till it is finished to release it." But if they did that then there would be just as much bitching about why it is taking too long.

    So while on the surface it seems like an "undo" would restore functions, it is really a complete "rewrite" to bring back these functions.
  23. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Making it 64 bit is trivial. It's a setting in Xcode. Target > Architecture > Change 32 bit to 64 bit. 90+% of your code requires no changing whatsoever. Most of the changing that needs to take place is trivial - changing one data type with another, which if they've typedef'd and factored properly, is really easy.
  24. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006

    [Those Fisher-Price icons are blinding.]
  25. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    You're assuming that the undelying code for iWork was already in xcode.

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