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iWork 9.0.4 adds ePub exporting for iBooks

updated 05:50 pm EDT, Thu August 26, 2010

Bug fixes also included

Apple has released an update to its iWork suite of productivity applications. Version 9.0.4 addresses unnamed issues in Keynote, Pages and Numbers. The update also adds an ePub export option in Pages, enabling users to save documents in a format compatible with the iBooks reader app for iOS devices.

iWork 9.0.4 is now available directly from Apple's Support site or via Software Update. [download - 63MB]




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  1. LenE

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Fixes?

    I can't download the update yet, but I am wondering if the addition of the ePub stuff will fix some of the rendering issues that iWork '09 brought. Specifically, you used to be able to copy a chart in Numbers, and create a new document in Preview from the clipboard copy of the chart. The result would be a clean vector PDF or image of the original chart (depending on how you save it).

    With iWork '09, the charts lose legend text, or other formatting, so the only work-around would be to print the entire Numbers document to PDF, then open it in Preview to crop out the desired chart. Major pain, compared to the elegant way it used to work.

    I should add though that I'm not sure if this was entirely due to iWork '09, or the changes to Preview in Snow Leopard. I just know that it used to work great, and now it doesn't. Hopefully the addition of ePub stuff has the development team looking at this rendering issue. I understand ePub to be a flavoring for XML, and the copied charts would be essentially snippets of XML code that the iWork suite uses for data files.

    -- Len

  1. chas_m

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    Great!

    Making ePub documents easier will prove a great boon to authors. More power to the creators.

  1. rtamesis

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Instructions on creating ePubs from Pages

    Better check out this Apple support document and download the template before exporting ePub files from Pages:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4168

  1. LenE

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Re: Fixes?

    Nope. Problem still here. Just went back to verify, and my rendering problem does not exist for iWork '08, but is guaranteed to show up for iWork '09.

    For others looking to experiment, if you move a chart's legend up to overlay on the chart, and then group it with the chart, you can copy it and paste it into Preview. iWork '08's version of Numbers works fine. iWork '09's Numbers does something with the legend text, so that it disappears when copied and pasted. Again, not so in iWork '08. Transferring by way of Pages does not work, either.

    By the way, opening a new document (Command-N) in Preview will copy the clipboard contents into a new image canvas. It will default save as a PDF.

    -- Len

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Fixes?

    but I am wondering if the addition of the ePub stuff will fix some of the rendering issues that iWork '09 brought.

    I can't imagine why adding ePub stuff would fix interoperability and other issues...

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    iWork 9.0.4

    This is absolutely stunning, since we designed our own school book – now we can easily distribute it without additional printing fees. Another job well done!
    http://technologiez.net/2010/08/28/apple-released-iwork-9-0-4/

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    iWork 9.0.4

    This is absolutely stunning, since we designed our own school book – now we can easily distribute it without additional printing fees. Another job well done!
    http://technologiez.net/2010/08/28/apple-released-iwork-9-0-4/

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    iWork 9.0.4

    This is absolutely stunning, since we designed our own school book – now we can easily distribute it without additional printing fees. Another job well done!
    http://technologiez.net/2010/08/28/apple-released-iwork-9-0-4/

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    iWork 9.0.4

    This is absolutely stunning, since we designed our own school book – now we can easily distribute it without additional printing fees. Another job well done!
    http://technologiez.net/2010/08/28/apple-released-iwork-9-0-4/

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    iWork 9.0.4

    This is absolutely stunning, since we designed our own school book – now we can easily distribute it without additional printing fees. Another job well done!
    http://technologiez.net/2010/08/28/apple-released-iwork-9-0-4/

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