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Monday, November 22, 2010, 05:00 pm PT (08:00 pm ET)

Apple updates iWork for iPad with multitasking, AirPrint support

Alongside Monday's iOS 4.2 iPad upgrade, Apple updated its iWork productivity suite for the iPad, adding support for multitasking and AirPrint.

Apple quietly updated its Pages, Numbers and Keynote iPad apps to version 1.3 on Monday. Each of the apps gains support for wireless printing with Airprint and multitasking, features which were introduced to the iPad the long-awaited iOS 4.2 update. The updates also improve PDF support, resolve issues with using a WebDav server and add localization for Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.

The iWork suite has consistently been a top paid application for the iPad on the iTunes store, reportedly earning Apple more than $40 million per year. Apple last updated iWork for iPad in September, when it added support for copying files to MobileMe iDisk and exporting documents in Microsoft Office formats.

The updates are free for registered owners of earlier versions of the apps.

More detailed lists of changes made to the Pages, Numbers and Keynote applications are provided by Apple:

Pages 1.3

- Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2, including page range selection, number of copies, and duplex printing.
- Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking.
- Localized in Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.
- Automatic pagination of tables that cross a page break.
- Improved reliability when importing Pages ’09 and Microsoft Word documents.
- Improved usability including font size selection, and bold, italic, and underline indicators in ruler.
- Fixed issues when using a WebDAV server, including signing out when a server is no longer accessible, saving port numbers in server addresses, and saving files with invalid characters in their names.
- Improved PDF export using iOS 4.2, which resolves an issue with missing fonts on Windows.

Numbers 1.3

- Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2, including page range selection, number of copies, and duplex printing.
- Print preview to adjust how a sheet prints across multiple pages, including Auto Fit.
- PDF export takes advantage of pagination settings from print preview.
- Formula entry using a keyboard, including predictive function selector.
- Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking.
- Localized in Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.
- Improved reliability when importing Numbers ’09 and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
- Improved usability.
- Fixed issues when using a WebDAV server, including signing out when a server is no longer accessible, saving port numbers in server addresses, and saving files with invalid characters in their names.
- Improved PDF export using iOS 4.2, which resolves an issue with missing fonts on Windows.

Keynote 1.3

- Enhanced presenter display shows the current slide, the next slide, or your notes when connected to an external display.
- Ability to import existing and add new presenter notes to slides.
- Wireless printing with AirPrint using iOS 4.2, including slide range selection, number of copies, and duplex printing.
- Support for iOS 4.2 multitasking.
- Localized in Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Swedish, and Traditional Chinese.
- Improved reliability when importing Keynote ’09 and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.
- Improved usability.
- Fixed issues when using a WebDAV server, including signing out when a server is no longer accessible, saving port numbers in server addresses, and saving files with invalid characters in their names.
- Improved PDF export using iOS 4.2, which resolves an issue with missing fonts on Windows.