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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mobile banking from NatWest
Slidevana, a new template package designed for Keynote, has been launched at the discounted price of $69. More than 130 slides are included in the bundle, ranging from simple lists, tables, and charts, to more complex timelines and business frameworks. Currently, slides are available in both Mac and iOS Keynote optimized formats, however, Slidevana has stated that a PowerPoint template will soon be available.
Chip maker highlights strategy
Intel is currently holding a keynote event at CES in Las Vegas to highlight its latest endeavors. Check out our live page for details as they happen.
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.
Part of the 'Apple Keynote' podcast series
Users who wish to watch the iPhone-centered press conference held yesterday at Apple's main Cupertino Campus without streaming it can now download a standard-definition (but widescreen) copy via iTunes. As part of the Apple Keynotes podcast, the event was added to the lineup late yesterday. The keynote is in a iOS-friendly 640x360 MP4 format and features new CEO Tim Cook and several other presenters as they introduce the new iPhone 4S, refreshed iPods, iOS 5 and iCloud.
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.
Templates for Keynote Pro
Black Mana Studios has introduced a new iPad tool designed specifically for creating screenplays. Screenplay for iPad was built upon the same framework as its iPhone counterpart, but introduces more than 75 new features. The iPad release allows users to import screenplays as either TXT or FDX files, and includes an auto-style mode that attempts to guess what the next element of a script will be based on the current element. Users can also organize story elements onto color coded index cards that can be exported to a computer. Screenplay for iPad can be purchased in the App Store for $14.
Graphic Node outs new Keynote themes
A new package of Vintage Compressors has been added to Native Instruments' Guitar Rig 4 and Guitar Rig Player software. Developed in collaboration with Softube, the package features three different compressor models, dubbed the VC 76, VC 2A and VC 160. The VC 76 has been optimized for drums and vocals, the VC 2A for vocals, bass and guitar, while the VC 160 is most appropriate for string instruments and individual drums. All three emulators offer the full feature set of their analog predecessors, including a side chain input with an adjustable high-pass filter. Vintage Processors is available as a download in the NI Online Shop for $229, with individual models offered for $119 each.
Downloadable copy not yet available through iTunes
[Update: A downloadable version of the keynote is now available via iTunes] Apple has posted a streaming video of the keynote presentation delivered yesterday morning at the Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco. The keynote, which features CEO Steve Jobs as well as other members of the Apple executive team, runs just under two hours and features noticeably improved streaming video quality, perhaps a reflection of Apple's upgraded server centers.
Price targets as high as $510 follow Apple Keynote
Apple's WWDC Keynote, announcing iCloud, iOS 5 and Mac OS X Lion, has sparked positive reaction from numerous Apple-focused financial analysts, with raised target prices between $460 and $510 per share. The analysts predicted increased sales of the iPad 2, acceptance of Apple's iCloud and iTunes Match service and the popularity of iOS 5 on refreshed hardware in the fall as part of the reason for their enthusiasm for Apple going into the remainder of the year.
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.
New Keynote themes from Graphic Node
A free demo for Combat Mission: Battle For Normandy has been launched by Battlefront. Battle For Normandy is a tactical game that attempts to recreate the land warfare in Western France during World War II. The demo release is available for both PC and Mac systems and features three playable scenarios, including a training mission that introduces players to the games controls. The Scenario Editor is also accessible through the demo, however, players will not be able to purchase units, or load/save maps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keynote Themes Plus outs new themes
Morodo has announced the launch of MO-Call 2.0 for the iPhone 4. The mobile VoIP application offers cheap long distance calling rates and can be used to make calls over a WiFi network. The latest update adds a number of new features including a new user interface, additional payment options, and full account management. Users can now view call records, order history, and SMS delivery reports all from within the application. MO-Call is a free download in the Apple App Store.
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.
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.
iWork '11 may send Keynote slides to Apple TV
iWork '11 and possibly the mobile suite may have a way of sending Keynote presentations out to the Apple TV, an e-mail message reputedly from Steve Jobs said this weekend. A fan asking if he could send Keynote presentations to the media hub from an iOS device or a Mac was told that it could all be released in the near future. "It's all coming soon," Jobs said in the message obtained by TUAW. "Stay tuned."
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.
New MacBook Air, Mac OS X Lion
Apple has posted the keynote video for its "Back to the Mac" event, which was held earlier today in San Francisco. The company introduced Mac OS X Lion, with many features inspired by iOS for the iPhone and iPad. The upcoming OS was previewed alongside iLife '11 and a FaceTime utility designed for video calling on a Mac.
REALbasic plugins get accessibility in Carbon
Keynote Pro has released Aurora for Keynote, a new theme tied to Apple's presentation software. It includes 26 master slide templates covering a variety of purposes, with new Citation and Compare & Contrast layouts. The download is also accompanied by the Aurora Supplemental Materials file, which includes the Aurora palette, Button Objects for interactive presentations, and an infographic style using translucent hexagons to create a sense of perspective. Aurora Standard Edition costs $25, while a Pro Edition with extra HD content is priced at $35. Also available is the Pro Mobile edition, which bundles Pro Edition and new Aurora EP Edition content for $50.
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.
New Keynote elements from KTP
St. Clair Software has launched App Tamer, a new Mac utility that can automatically pause applications to help reduce CPU usage and improve battery life. The application works by pausing applications when a user switches to another task, freeing up additional resources, and then restarts any working tasks when the app is brought back into the foreground. App Tamer comes pre-configured to automatically pause Safari, Firefox, and Chrome, while other applications can be setup by users. Users can also view a graphical history of CPU usage, in addition to the average percentage of processing power being used by each application. A 15-day demo of the software can be downloaded from the company's site for free, while a full license costs $15.
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.
OWC offers RAM options for new iMacs
Jumsoft has launched 10 new themes for Apple's Keynote presentation software. The Keynote Themes line includes Enterprise, Glossy Black, Precision, Glossy Metal, Sky Blue, Nostalgia, Subtle Mind, Living Space, Gabardine, and Signed & Sealed. Each theme features 32 master slides, including a selection of bullet text and photo-oriented layouts. Also included with each theme is a matching set of tables, charts, and media placeholders. In addition, the themes also include a complimentary Bullets folder wit ha set of 15 extra bullet designs for further customization. The themes require iWork '08 or later and have been made available on Jumsoft's website for $19 each.
New themes work with iPad, Mac apps
iPresentee has launched Keynote Themes for iPad. The pack is the company's first to expand beyond the desktop Keynote, and includes 33 iPad-specific themes for graphic presentations. The material is equally Mac-compatible, allowing people the option of designing on a computer and then transferring to an iPad.
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.
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.
Keynote Zone releases Desktop Keynote
A new forum post at ModMyi.com details how to use an existing AT&T SIM card in the recently-released iPad 3G. In order to make the card work, people must trace the shape of a micro SIM card onto the full-sized one, and cut it out with an X-Acto knife. The result should work in the iPad's micro SIM slot after changing the device's APN setting to "phone." Alternately, the carrier testing mode can be used in iTunes to enter a custom IPCC file. Melech518, the user who posted the article, suggests using Stealth's ATT_US_STEALTH.ipcc, and has allegedly confirmed that the mod works for both Rogers in Canada and T-Mobile in the US. If the old card is cut carefully, it can even be pieced back together and used in a phone that requires a larger SIM tray.
Keynote Hub releases three new themes
In conjunction with the release of the iPad on April 4th, Secure CC will launch two new products for building and managing online stores. eShox4Pad and eShox4Mac are monthly pay-as-you-go services that allow users to set up an online store and customize it to meet their needs. RapidWeaver theme integration allows users to choose between different layouts and styles without background knowledge in HTML code. International stores have also been covered, with options for more than 12 different languages and automatic currency conversion based on daily exchange rates. Both the iPad and desktop applications will be free to download, while hosting will cost $10 per month, $50 for six months, or $100 for a full year.
New advertising partnership announced
KeynoteThemesPlus has announced the launch of 10 new themes for Apple's Keynote presentation software. The new set of Themes in Action includes: Chart, In Red, Money, Night, Old Gear, People, Planet, Secret Eye, Tunnel and US Dollars. All of the themes are available in five different sizes allowing users to create presentations for either widescreen or traditional displays. The package of 10 themes is currently priced at $31 and includes support for Keynote 4.0 and up. Additionally, a new free World Theme has also been released through the companies website.
21 themes available up to HD 1920x1280
Divine Fiat and Keynote Zone have released new themes for Apple's Keynote software. Divine Fiat has launched The Complete Set, encompassing its entire collection of themes for Keynote. All 14 themes come in standard and widescreen formats, each with extras such as fully customizable icon objects, custom texture and color palates, and video tutorials. The included themes are Ebony Sophisticate, Ivory Sophisticate, Keynote TV, Keynote X, Grunge, Distressed, Lightly Serious, Seriously Light, Concrete, Cardboard, Take Two Redux, Photogenic Redux, Contemporary and Classic.
Exec reiterates stance on Apple TV
Apple COO Tim Cook on Tuesday spoke about a variety of topics, including the iPad and business strategy, during his keynote at Goldman Sachs' technology conference in San Francisco. The executive claims he has been using the iPad for six months and "can't wait" for it to begin shipping.
33 different layouts, custom-designed charts
Keynote Zone has released its new CorkBoard theme for use with Apple’s Keynote presentation software. The new theme enables users to arrange presentations by placing pictures and notes on a cork-board layout. CorkBoard is available in either SD or HD resolutions and includes 33 different layouts, as well as a variety of custom-designed charts and tables. The latest offering brings the company's total number of products up to seven different themes.
Feed features Steve Jobs unveiling the new product
Apple has published a QuickTime stream of the Wednesday keynote featuring the iPad unveiling. The new device, featuring a 9.7-inch display and Apple's own 1GHz A4 CPU, was introduced by Steve Jobs. Other demonstrations include iWork previews by marketing exec Phil Schiller, along with several tablet-optimized apps from companies such as Electronic Arts and The New York Times.
Five new themes in both standard and HD
iPresentee has released Keynote Motion Themes 9.0, an upgrade to its graphics collection for Apple’s Keynote software. The new version adds five additional themes including Blue Illusion, Red Illusion, Green Illusion, Black Illusion, and Yellow Illusion, which brings the total collection of themes up to 52. Each theme is available in both standard or HD formats and features animated backgrounds with up to 22 different layouts.
Exec forecasts future "smart homes"
Intel CEO Paul Otellini, speaking at a CES keynote, addressed a variety of current and upcoming trends such as 3D video, smartphones, apps, and the company's new Wireless Display Technology. The executive predicts that 3D -- the dominating topic this year at CES -- is the next big thing that will gain popularity in consumers' homes.
Graphics target Keynote, iPhone
Divine Flat and iWebTemplate have each announced new theme templates, with one set designed for the iPhone and the other for Apple's Keynote presentation software. With Divine Flat’s new Contemporary Keynote theme, users receive a variety of customizable scrollwork and icon objects, along with six alternate picture frames and four color backgrounds including tan, orange and two tones of green. Lengths range between 800 and 1920 pixels. Keynote 5.0 and Mac OS X 10.4 are required.
Includes bonus expansion
Jumsoft has launched a new version of its Keynote bundle, Keynote Quartet FX '10. The package includes the latest versions of Keynote Themes FX, Keynote Backgrounds FX, Keynote Objects FX and Keynote Animations FX. It also includes a bonus package, consisting of themes and images for iWork. The base part of the package includes 150 objects, 100 animations, 35 motion backgrounds and 15 motion themes. The bonus package adds 400 more images and themes.
85 animations included from past releases
iPresentee has launched an update to its Keynote Animations package for Apple's Keynote presentations software. Version 3.0 provides a total of 115 animations, including 35 new animations and 85 carry-overs from the last release. The animations support customization of size, rotation or opacity, while allowing users to add multiple layers. Each animation's background is transparent for use on any colored Keynote background.
Adds five new themes
Jumsoft has launched a new set of themes for Apple's Keynote presentation software, Keynote Themes FX 5.0. The update introduces five new themes, all with coordinating fonts, frames, bullets and motion backgrounds. Ten more designs are carried over from the previous version. The five new ones are Air Blobs, Crystal Clear, DNA Chain, Glass Beads and Neuro Threads.
Copenhagen contains 27 master-slides
KeynotePro has announced Copenhagen for Keynote ’09, a new set of master slides featuring themes designed for presentations or business-related projects. The package contains 27 master slides, consisting of a mix of narrative and image-driven styles, as well as a gallery of Copenhagen slides. Users can choose from three different versions including the Standard Edition, the Pro Edition, and the Copenhagen EP Edition.
Includes five new themes
iPresentee has launched Keynote Motion Themes 8.0, an updated graphics collection for Apple’s Keynote software. Each theme provides an animated background, and includes up to 22 different layouts. With the expansion the collection now contains more than 100 themes, which can be used in anything from business presentations to seminars or school lectures.
Converter keeps layouts, graphics intact
Recosoft has launched a new PDF converter for Apple's iWork suite, PDF2Office for iWork v1.0. The software attempts to restore layouts in its conversion process, recreating paragraphs and tables. It can also regroup independent graphic elements. Users have access to preset conversion options and font mappings, but can also make fine adjustments as necessary.