iWork apps get iOS and OS X overhauls, available now

Serenity Caldwell
23 October, 2013
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During a presentation full of new Mac hardware and software, Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue unveiled new versions of Pages, Numbers and Keynote on both the Mac and iOS. All three apps will be available for free to anyone who buys a new Mac or iOS device; those with older devices will likely be able to purchase these applications, though Cue didn’t mention pricing on-stage.

All iWork apps are 64-bit and offer full file-compatibility between OS X, iOS and PCs (via the iWork for iCloud service), and have been completely overhauled with new designs and new features. iWork for iCloud even allows users to send files from iOS and OS X to users who don’t have iWork software or an iCloud account; it opens in a browser for them to view. (Presumably, users will have to sign up or log into iCloud to edit it.)

Cue provided brief overviews of each of the iWork apps, beginning with Apple’s word processor, Pages. One of its new features is smart text and object recognition; that technology replaces the old Inspector and actively changes depending on what you have currently selected. The Numbers spreadsheet app gains a new design and interactive chart options, while Keynote contains new effects and animations, designed to work on both iOS and OS X.

Collaboration comes to iWork for iCloud

In addition, Cue brought Apple vice president of productivity applications, Roger Rosner, onstage to demonstrate a new feature for iWork for iCloud: live collaboration. Cue noted that it was one of the top requested features from customers. He showed it off in an engaging demonstration with Rosner, in which they designed a poster together live.

The iWork apps should be available the afternoon of 22 October (US time) from the iOS and Mac App Store.

by Serenity Caldwell, Macworld

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  1. Grumpy says:

    Just updated Pages on my iPad only to learn that, in order to open any existing files, they will be converted to a new format. That’s surprising, but would be OK except that this new format is incompatible with the existing Pages on my Mac. In order to open them in OS X, I’ll “need to install the latest Pages on OS X Mavericks”. Great. So I now I *HAVE* to upgrade to Mavericks and I will *HAVE* to upgrade Pages (and, presumably, Numbers and Keynote as well). No indication of whether the upgrade of these apps is free (I installed iWork from a boxed edition, not Mac App Store). I can live with the enforced upgrade to Mavericks, I just wanted to wait a little, but I am annoyed that Apple didn’t think it important to tell me that I would be unable to use my files without everything first! I’m not happy, and will be even less happy if I find I need to pay.
    Seriously considering restoring iOS Pages from a backup.

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