updated 05:20 pm EDT, Thu May 13, 2010
Apps get new languages, tweaks, bugfixes
Apple has updated all three apps in the iPad iWork suite, bringing their versions up to v1.1. Pages has gained support for several new languages, including Dutch, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Spanish and simplified Chinese. Some of these will be essential for international iPad users, who should get access to the iWork suite on or around May 28th.
The app has also been improved in terms of landscape mode, which now includes the toolbar and ruler, and fits documents automatically. The Back/Front slider in the Arrange panel has meanwhile been enhanced, and several bugs have been fixed, most of which involve problems with importing and exporting Word documents.
Numbers shares Pages' language and Back/Front enhancements, and again corrects a series of glitches. These include problems with importing Numbers '09 spreadsheets, exporting spreadsheets previously imported from Excel, and pasting tables copied over from Pages or Keynote.
Finally, Keynote has been given the extra languages, the new Back/Front slider and the option of showing more alignment guides at smaller intervals. Bugfixes focus on importing PowerPoint and Keynote '09 files. Also addressed is a more obscure error, in which some table cell color fills cannot be accessed in landscape mode while also using an external keyboard.