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Apple posts first major updates for iWork on iPad

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Steve Wilkinson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    When are other fixes/features coming?

    Apple, please bump up the priority of other features/fixes such as the lack of presenter's notes in Keynote, or the missing support for footnotes and other kinds of notes in Pages. These kind of things are kind of deal-breakers for many on the iWork suite.

  1. Bogartte

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pages and PDFs

    Pages generates crappy PDFs, that should be fixed for sure!

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Need More and Better Fonts

    It's probably a huge can of worms, but I'd LOVE to be able to load a couple of decent fonts on my iPad. The Gotham family is my favorite.

  1. David Esrati

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Add cross platform themes

    How about a theme that works in Keynote 09 on my desktop- that's exactly the same functionality as it is on the iPad- including font limitations?

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969


    @David Esrati

    Themes that work on both iPad and desktop.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    first major

    The title implies Apple has posted minor updates previously. It also implies there's going to be a lot more fixes coming.

    And I wonder if iWork apps have to go through the same approval process as every other app...

  1. bloggerblog

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No XLS support

    I'm one of many who are still holding out on buying Numbers for the iPad because it still does not export in xls!! How useless is that?

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