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iWork iPad apps set to gain update later today

updated 12:50 pm EST, Mon November 22, 2010

Should add iOS 4.2, AirPrint support

To help back today's iOS 4.2 update, Apple is also planning to launch simultaneous v1.3 updates of the Pages, Keynote and Numbers iPad apps, a news story claims. All three iWork titles should be getting support for iOS 4.2's multitasking capabilities, as well as AirPrint integration. Some AirPrint options include page- or slide-range selection, duplex printing and setting the number of copies.

The apps are also said to be getting a fix for font incompatibility in exported PDFs. Keynote in particular is believed to be gaining the use of an external display as a presentation tool, with notes and a separate command interface showing on the iPad itself. Notes can be newly imported alongside presentations, and the app should have fewer problems importing PowerPoint and Keynote '09 files.

Numbers tweaks are said to include previews for multi-page printing, and a corresponding Auto Fit button. Similarly, PDF export now makes use of pagination settings in print preview. Formulas can be entered using a keyboard, with the option of a predictive-function selector.

Pages is meanwhile said to be upgrading with automatic pagination of tables crossing page breaks, and interface improvements addressing font size and indicators for bold, italic or underlined text. Bugfixes target importing Word or Pages '09 documents.

Although the updates should arrive today, it is not clear if they will arrive at the exact same time as iOS 4.2, which is rumored to be deploying to iTunes at 10AM Pacific time or 1PM Eastern.

by MacNN Staff



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