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Pointers: Exploit Pages on iCloud.com

07/13, 7:11am

Solve problems by turning to iCloud from any computer

Previously on Pointers... We did a piece on getting more out of Pages on your Mac and iOS devices. Now it's time to do the same on iCloud.com in part because this is an answer to a reader's problem. G. Stewart Baird emailed saying that needs to hang on to older versions of Pages until he knows that features he needs have been restored but he's got at least one document that's in the newer format.

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Living with: Drafts 4 (iOS)

05/27, 7:35am

Deceptively minimalist yet power-house writing app

Woke up one morning -- dah da dah duh -- with an entire short play in my head. As you do. I would like to tell you that I picked up my iPad, opened Drafts 4 and wrote the whole thing in one go, because that is what I should have done. Instead, as much of a fan of Drafts on iOS as I am, I tried writing it in Final Draft instead.

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The Feature Thief, part one: Pages

04/27, 10:35am

Apple's office software gets a rebuild, with the previous one still functioning

Welcome to The Feature Thief, a mini-series of columns where we take a look at some of Apple's rollercoaster of change when it comes to software -- from apps that got a makeover to a sex change, or even some that just got tossed out entirely. Each day this week, we'll take a fairly recent example of each of the three types of sometimes-painful change users have been subjected to when Apple gets a new idea, what to do about it, and where to look for alternatives if necessary.

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The Feature Thief: Apple taketh away, sometimes giveth back

04/24, 2:51pm

In push to move forward, beloved bits and pieces sometimes fall to the wayside

Stop us if you've heard this one: Apple takes one of its key software applications, radically changes it, losing important features along the way. Existing users say Apple has dumbed down an app that was perfect, while new users say this is fantastic, they can finally understand the application. Flash forward a few months, and Apple has stealthily added back some or all of the features. We've seen this with iMovie and Final Cut Pro, we saw it with Pages, we are seeing it now with iPhoto turning into Photos. It is a well-worn path by Apple, and if we're not fans of the way they go about it, we are often fans of how these new applications turn out ... eventually.

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Pointers: Pages 5.5.2, 2.5.2 (OS X, iOS)

03/02, 7:55am

Get more from Apple's deceptively powerful word processor

You probably own Apple's Pages, and you may even have opened it. If you did, what you think depends on what you're used to: new users just dive right in and start typing, while we've heard Word users complain that it simply isn't powerful enough for them. This is an odd one: they are actually right, but not in the ways they expect. Pages does lack some of the very heavy-lifting word processor functions that Word has, but few people use those. What Word fans think is missing from Pages is the more general day-to-day features that in fact it has, and has very well.

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Apple's iWork for iCloud gets new languages, minor feature additions

11/21, 9:20am

French, Japanese among new translations

The iCloud edition of iWork has received a number of updates, primarily the addition of new languages. Pages is now usable in Arabic, Hebrew, French, German, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and simplified Chinese; Arabic and Hebrew are bidirectional. Keynote and Numbers, meanwhile, have been translated into French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and simplified Chinese.

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Apple updates iWork for OS X with features like Handoff, iCloud Drive

10/16, 3:59pm

Support for Microsoft Office another focus

As promised, Apple has revealed its updates to the OS X iWork suite. The apps have been redesigned for OS X Yosemite, and now support related features such as iCloud Drive, and Handoff to iPads and iPhones. Pages has gained a variety of specific features, such as a sidebar for comments and changes, the ability to insert images in tables, headers, and footers, and better compatibility with Word documents, including password-protected .docx export.

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New iPhone 6 includes free iLife, iWork apps on 64GB, 128GB models

09/15, 12:25pm

Downloads still optional for 16GB models

People picking up a 64 or 128GB iPhone 6/6 Plus later this week will find several of Apple's iLife and iWork apps pre-installed, a leaked internal Apple training document reveals. The company specifically lists iMovie, GarageBand, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and iTunes U. "These apps are also available as a free download from the App Store for the 16GB models," Apple writes.

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iWork for iCloud gets fresh upgrades; iOS/Mac updates coming today

04/01, 4:19pm

Web apps get Retina display enhancements, more

Apple has made some improvements to iWork for iCloud, according to pop-up messages. All three web apps in the suite -- Pages, Numbers, and Keynote -- have been given better support for Retina displays, a new editor tab, and upgraded sharing functions. The latter let people set shared documents as view-only, and open documents directly via iCloud Mail.

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Nuance ships Dragon Dictate 4 for Mac

03/04, 12:34pm

App gains 64-bit code, better accuracy, transcriptions from recordings

Nuance has launched Dragon Dictate 4, a new edition of its dictation and transcription software for the Mac. The app has switched to a fully 64-bit codebase, allowing it to better exploit modern processors and RAM. Nuance says it has also improved the accuracy of voice recognition, optimizing it for newer technology.

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iWork for iCloud gets iOS 7-style redesign, password security

01/23, 2:46pm

List shows recently-shared documents

Apple has pushed out a major update of the iWork for iCloud suite of web apps. While the apps are still officially in beta, all three have been given a new, iOS 7-style makeover for their template pickers and document libraries. During editing, though, users will still see the old iOS 6-style look.

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Apple updates iWork apps for Mac, bumps iOS suite to 2.0.1 [U]

11/21, 4:52pm

Keynote gets substantial improvements, others get back customizable toolbars

[Updated with additional information] As promised by the company in response to user feedback, updates have been made to Apple's iWork suites of apps for Mac and iOS. Apple has released v2.0.1 updates for the iOS versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. The iOS versions of, Pages and Numbers have only received minor bugfixes, but the Mac versions gained back a feature removed from the v10 remakes - customizable toolbars. The Mac and iOS version of Keynote also added a series of new transitions and builds.

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iWork for iCloud gets file folders, collaboration details

11/14, 2:30pm

Web apps still officially in beta

Apple has made several minor updates to iWork for iCloud. The emphasis is on collaboration features, which now include a list of the people currently working on a project. Likewise, apps will display cursors and selections for each editor.

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Traditional iWork features to return in later updates, Apple promises

11/06, 2:28pm

Users have complained about missing features

Some features that went missing in last month's iWork update for the Mac will return within the next six months, Apple states in a new knowledge base article. The company says that it rewrote the suite with compatibility in mind, including 64-bit processing and interaction between Mac, iOS, and iCloud. That led to some iWork '09 features being left out, but a number of them should return in a series of future updates.

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Most AppleScript commands stripped out of latest iWork apps

10/23, 11:26am

Could impact number of developers

The AppleScript dictionary included with the latest version of the iWork suite has been so stripped down as to be virtually absent, a developer observes. AppleScript lets both developers and individuals automate actions that would otherwise require many repetitive steps. "What I suspect Apple doesn't realize is how much small business and small shops workflow depends upon AppleScript," comments the developer, Clark Goble. "Casual use is fine. But a lot of people do more. It wouldn't be so bad were there an alternative."

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iWork for iCloud promises updates within 'a few short hours'

10/22, 10:05am

Service on verge of leaving beta

Apple is in the process of bringing iWork for iCloud out of beta later today, a glimpse at iCloud.com suggests. Loading the beta Pages, Numbers, or Keynote web apps currently triggers a notification at the top of the site, promising more features for each app within "a few short hours." Apple is due to hold a press event at 10AM Pacific time, after which the company will presumably flip the switch on completed web apps.

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iWork iOS apps suffering from 'blue screen of death' crashes

09/24, 11:02am

Issues not universal

Some users of the new iOS iWork apps are experiencing "blue screen of death" crashes, complaints indicate. The crashes can potentially affect Pages, Numbers, and Keynote alike, and are easy to trigger. After launching one of the apps, users just have to open an existing document and then hit a device's Home button. This may not only kill the app, but force the device itself to reboot. Not all users are suffering from the problem however.

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iWork for iCloud beta access limited due to 'overwhelming' demand

08/26, 10:37am

Users encounter error messages at iCloud.com

Apple is restricting some users' access to the iWork for iCloud beta, anecdotes indicate. People trying to launch Pages, Numbers, or Keynote from the iCloud website may find themselves blocked by an error message stating that Apple has had an "overwhelming response," and asking them to "check back soon." The company promises however that documents saved in the Mac and iOS versions of iWork will still be backed up to iCloud.

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iWork for iCloud beta becomes available to all iCloud users

08/23, 10:15am

Rollout no longer gradual

The iWork for iCloud beta is now accessible by all iCloud users. Web versions of the iWork apps -- Pages, Numbers, and Keynote -- were initially restricted to developers, but then gradually began reaching the general public through the beta iCloud site. Today, though, the iWork apps have been independently pushed to iCloud.com.

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iOS 7 beta hints at iWork suite going free in near future

07/09, 11:35am

Several paid Apple apps included in first-time recommendations

An oddity in the latest iOS 7 beta suggests that Apple could make the iOS edition of iWork and/or several other of its apps free. The App Store's first-time recommendation window, which suggests Apple apps to download, is currently including the iWork apps -- Pages, Keynote, Numbers -- as well as several other paid titles, like iMovie, iPhoto, and GarageBand. The window normally only mentions free apps, such as iBooks and Find My iPhone.

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First look: Pages for iCloud

07/03, 7:24am

Pages for iCloud points to the future of web apps

Apple has made no secret about the pivotal role that iCloud has to play in its devices strategy. It offers a range of services, many of which are designed to work seamlessly in the background helping to keep user data backed up and synced in the cloud and across multiple devices. Additionally, it includes web app versions of Mail, Contacts, Notes, Calendar, Reminders, Find My iPhone and storage for Pages, Keynote and Numbers documents. Due this fall, Apple is set to update iCloud to include full web app versions of its iWork app suite including Pages, Keynote and Numbers. In the first of a short series looking the new beta versions of these applications, we take first look at Pages for iCloud beta.

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iWork for iCloud beta expands to include Apple workers

06/26, 1:07pm

Test base grows beyond developers

Access to the iWork for iCloud beta has been extended to Apple workers, according to an internal email. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote web apps were launched in beta form earlier this month at WWDC 2013, but testing was initially restricted to third parties registered in Apple's developer program. Apple workers are allowed to access the beta for personal use.

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iWork app suite coming to iCloud later this year

06/10, 4:18pm

Will support Office documents

Apple has announced that its iWork app suite -- Pages, Keynote, and Numbers -- will be coming to iCloud.com sometime later this year. In web form, the apps will support a variety of editing functions such as font selection, adding, cropping, and rotating images, or animating Keynote transitions. Users will be able to gain access via compatible OS X and Windows browsers; Office documents will be included in format support.

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Job listings hint at near-future OS X, iOS iWork updates

05/13, 9:50pm

Updates could arrive on or soon after WWDC

Several recent Apple job listings may hint that the company is on the verge of updating both the OS X and iOS editions of iWork, reports say. Some of the listings date back as far as March; one of them, though, was posted on May 11, and specifically calls for an iWork QA tester, which could mean Apple is in the last phases of development. Another opening, dating back to May 7, asks for a "HiDP Image Specialist," tasked with bringing iWork visual designs to Retina displays.

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Apple makes minor updates to iWork iOS apps

03/07, 4:14pm

Apps last updated in December

Apple has posted minor updates to the iOS versions of its iWork apps. In this case Pages, Numbers, and Keynote all share the same release notes, indicating that they make "stability improvements and bug fixes." Apple hasn't identified what particular bugs have been solved.

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Apple restores new Retina MBP BTO options, adds iWork [u]

08/01, 1:45pm

Thunderbolt-to-FireWire adapter still off store

(Updated with Thunderbolt-to-FireWire availability) Apple appears to have restored new build-to-order options for the lower-end model of the Retina MacBook Pro. At the company's online store, shoppers can now scale the processor up to a 2.6 or 2.7GHz Core i7, or the SSD up to 512 or 768GB. Apple is moreover allowing any new Mac buyer to have Pages, Numbers, or Keynote pre-installed.

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OS X Server, Safari, iWork updates join Mountain Lion [u]

07/25, 10:34am

New Server just $20 add-on

(Updated with Safari security notes) Accompanying today's launch of OS X Mountain Lion are a number of parallel software updates. Amount these is OS X Server for Mountain Lion, a $20 add-on. The release marks another price drop for Server, which in its Lion form cost $49; before that it cost several times more still.

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Apple pulls Aperture, iWork trials from website

04/16, 10:40am

Pushes users to Mac App Store

Apple has removed trial versions of Aperture and the iWork suite from its website, reports observe. In both cases, users are now being asked to visit the Mac App Store and pay for full products. "The trial version of iWork is no longer supported. But you can easily purchase Keynote, Pages, and Numbers from the Mac App Store to start creating beautiful presentations, documents, and spreadsheets today," the US iWork page reads.

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Rumors put Pages '12, iBooks 2, book rentals at Apple event

01/19, 9:50am

iBooks could arrive on Mac for first time

Apple could announce Pages '12, an iBooks 2.0, and textbooks rentals at this morning's education event in New York City, claims ZDNet's Jason O'Grady in a Twitter post. The writer cites only a "little birdie" for the information but also mentions that iBooks 2.0 could include a version for Lion, and that all three products will be announced by Roger Rosner, Apple's VP in charge of iWork.

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Cards, Movie Trailers apps join updates to iWork, iMovie

10/12, 4:00pm

Whole host of Apple apps get updates

Complementing the introduction of Find My Friends and AirPort Utility, Apple has launched two more iOS apps, plus updates to several existing titles. The first of the new apps is Cards, a previously announced program that lets users insert custom text and photos into 21 basic designs and have real-world greeting cards mailed to addresses around the world. This costs $3 when mailing within the US, or $5 when sending a card to an international address.

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Apple details security fixes in iWork 9.1

07/25, 3:30pm

New apps cope with Word, Excel vulnerabilities

Several days after the release of iWork 9.1, Apple has at last published a list of security fixes in its productivity suite. Only three have been made, all revolving around files from Microsoft Office. Two of the closed vulnerabilities are attached to Excel files; prior to the v9.1 update, it was possible to code Excel files to trigger certain buffer overflows or memory corruptions in Numbers, in turn creating crashes or allowing system hijacks.

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New Safari, iTunes, iWork releases in development [u]

07/20, 11:35am

iTunes expected to go full-screen, 64-bit

(Updated for iWork, iTunes, Safari releases) Apple is preparing several important software updates that should arrive in the near future, Software Update images from AppleInsider indicate. Perhaps the most significant of these is iTunes 10.4, which is said to be designed for Lion, for instance incorporating an iLife-style fullscreen mode which supports app switching using gestures. The program is also being made a native 64-bit Cocoa title, and cleaned up with a variety of stability and performance tweaks. iTunes is one of the few flagship Apple titles still operating with 32-bit code.

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Apple unveils iWork for iPhone, iPod touch

05/31, 12:50pm

iPad app now universal

Apple has launched a major update of the mobile version of iWork, evolving it to support the iPhone and iPod touch. Pages, Numbers and Keynote are now universal titles, continuing to offer an expanded, more complex interface on iPads. Pricing also remains a consistent $10 for each title.

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Apple ends MobileMe, iWork rebate programs

04/19, 10:05am

MobileMe winding down, iWork pushed to App Store?

Apple has shut down rebate offers for MobileMe and iWork, according to a leaked internal memo. It was previously possible to get $30 off a MobileMe subscription when buying a Mac or iOS device, or $30 off a new copy of the iWork suite when buying a Mac. Resellers were asked to "remove any reference to these promotions by close of business" on the 18th, the memo indicates.

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Briefly: djay for iPhone on sale, Jumsoft outs new content

04/18, 2:25pm

New content from Jumsoft

A limited-time $1 promotion is currently being offered on Algoriddim's iPhone version of djay. The software features a dual turntable view when held in landscape mode, but switches to a single deck when working in portrait mode. Direct access to a user's iPod library is provided for quickly importing songs, while a live recording feature allows users to capture their mixes and share them with others. Other features include cue points, BPM matching, pre-cueing on a headphone splitter, and AirPlay audio for automates. Algoriddim has not set a firm end to the promotion, however, it is likely to run until the end of the week. Afterwards, the application will rise to a new price of $5.

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Apple patent hints iWeb may come to iPad

04/03, 4:10am

iWeb set to join GarageBand and iMovie for iPad?

It may have been some time since iWeb, Apple’s simple WYSIWYG web page design tool, has received new features. However, it appears that Apple has at the very least considered bringing it across to the iPad. A new patent application has emerged that shows a version of iWeb for the iPad. It would join GarageBand, Keynote, Numbers, Pages and iMovie as productivity and creativity apps ported from its Mac OS X platform over to its burgeoning iOS platform.

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Google Docs adds support for Pages, Photoshop, AutoCAD

02/18, 5:20pm

Pages among 11 other formats

Google on Friday gave Google Docs its first real file format update with 12 new standards. The release supports an Apple-specific format for the first time and will let users read Pages documents in-browser. Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop images also now work, and modelling gets its first support through recognition of Autodesk's AutoCAD.

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Icons in Pages for iPad may hint at iWork for iPhone

02/09, 11:05am

Retina support for iPad less likely

Icons discovered in the code for Pages for iPad may suggest that Apple has bigger plans for iWork on iOS. The graphics depict common options in Pages, such as printing, guidelines and notes. Notably though the material is sized at Retina Display resolution, something the first-generation iPad doesn't support.

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Apple releases iWork '09 update, fixes Keynote issues

01/05, 7:10pm

Update adds support for iWork.com beta

Apple has released an update to its iWork '09 productivity suite today, adding playback of Keynote presentations on the iWork.com public beta -- requiring the latest version of Safari -- with 15 animations and effects. Keynote Remote v1.2 is now supported with high-resolution slides available for Retina displays and two major bugs in Keynote are fixed. One involves a ruler issue when resizing, the other an export to iPod issue when iTunes 10 is installed alongside iWork '09. The update also fixes a Drop transition, Dissolve build, and Shape Colors issue in Keynote.

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Apple hands out 'best of' awards to iPhone, iPad apps

12/09, 12:10pm

Flipboard, Osmos among leading titles

As part of its annual iTunes Rewind promotion, which highlights content on the iTunes Store, Apple is featuring four iOS apps in particular as award winners. The two iPhone apps are the tower defense game Plants vs. Zombies, and Hipstamatic, which emulates some of the unintentional artistic effects of old film cameras. The featured iPad apps include "social magazine" Flipboard, and Osmos, an indie game meant as much for relaxation as play.

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Apple updates iWork iPad suite to 1.3

11/22, 4:45pm

Apps gain AirPrint, iOS 4.2.1 compatibility

As hinted at earlier, Apple has posted v1.3 updates for apps in the iPad version of the iWork suite. All expected upgrades are present, including support for two key iOS 4.2.1 features: multitasking, and AirPrint, which allows printing via Wi-Fi. Only a handful of HP printers are currently supported, however.

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iWork iPad apps set to gain update later today

11/22, 12:50pm

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.

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Apple waiting on Mac App Store to launch iWork '11?

11/08, 5:10pm

Suite essentially finished, sources say

iWork '11 is actually already finished and just waiting for the introduction of the Mac App Store in order to ship, sources for AppleInsider claim. The same people also say that Numbers, Pages and Keynote will be available separately through the App Store, and that Apple has yet to decide whether the usual boxed retail version of iWork will be published. Images from Apple's Back to the Mac event depict iWork programs becoming available for $20 each via the App Store.

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iWork iPad apps gain export to Excel, PowerPoint

09/23, 10:45am

iDisk, WebDAV support also shared in common

Apple has released v1.2 updates for the trio of iWork apps available for the iPad. Critically, Numbers documents can now be exported as Excel files, while Keynote presentations can be exported in PowerPoint format. All three apps -- including Pages -- have been updated with the ability to group and ungroup objects, as well as upload to a MobileMe iDisk or miscellaneous WebDAV services.

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iWork 9.0.4 adds ePub exporting for iBooks

08/26, 5:50pm

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.

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Leaked screenshots back iWork for iPhone

06/29, 10:55am

Apps already in beta?

Apple is indeed working on an iPhone version of the iWork suite, a pair of screenshots suggest. Both depict Pages running on an iPod touch; the first shows an option to export a file as either a Pages or a Word document, while the second shows a simple document browser. The app is described as in beta testing, though how close to release an iWork update might be is not known.

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Apple posts first major updates for iWork on iPad

05/13, 5:20pm

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.

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iWork for iPad worth over $40 million a year to Apple?

05/10, 3:45pm

Suite still amongst most popular iPad titles

The iPad version of iWork could generate over $40 million a year for Apple, one projection suggests. The figure is based on Silicon Alley Insider talks with several top 10 iPad developers, and a subsequent estimate that paid apps sell about 2,500 copies per weekday, and another 7,500 per Saturday or Sunday. This translates into 27,500 downloads per app, per week, and at a cost of $10 per app, $825,000 in weekly revenue.

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Solid PDF to Word for Mac converts PDFs to multiple formats

04/29, 7:45pm

PDF converter recognizes forms, formatting, tables

Solid Documents has launched Solid PDF to Word for Mac. The PDF converter arrives on the Mac platform with the ability to export to formats compatible with Word, Excel, Pages, HTML and text, giving a user numerous choices when editing a PDF document is necessary. The converter recognizes headers and footers, retains formatting, recovers tables and recognizes hyperlinks. It can also recover rotated text and recognize and reconstruct PDF forms.

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Jumsoft updates Pages Templates Pro with eight new themes

01/29, 6:05pm

Templates focus on business themes

Jumsoft has expanded its Pages Templates Pro package with several new themes. Geared for business use, the Pages Templates Pro line provides 20 templates with similar styling for brochures, letters, envelopes, business cards, invoices, and other documents. Users can enter text, configure text boxes, switch fonts, or use images to replace template placeholders. Each template is available in both US Letter and A4 formats.

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