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Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 07:11 am PT (10:11 am ET)

iWork, iPhoto, iMovie & Aperture receive updates for Apple's Mountain Lion

Apple on Wednesday updated all three applications in its iWork productivity suite, as well as iPhoto, iMovie and Aperture, to take advantage of new features in Mountain Lion.

Updates for Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are now available on the Mac App Store. Each application has also been updated to take advantage of the high-resolution Retina display on the next-generation MacBook Pro. Apple has said that files will "appear sharper and more vibrant" after the update.

New features in Pages 4.2, Numbers 2.2, and Keynote 5.2 according to Apple, are:
  • iCloud: Store documents, spreadsheets and presentations in iCloud and keep them automatically up to date across your Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and the Web. Changes made to a document on one device automatically appear on all your other devices.
  • Dictation: Speak words, numbers, or sentences and watch them appear in your document, spreadsheet or presentation.

Also released on Wednesday was iPhoto 9.3.2, which supports compatibility with Mountain Lion. The update adds new sharing options with the Messages application and Twitter, and it also features performance and stability improvements.

Aperture 3.3.2 is also available on the Mac App Store, and supports compatibility with Mountain Lion. The update also:
  • Addresses issues that could affect performance when entering and existing Full Screen mode
  • Auto White Balance can now correct color using Skin Tone mode, even when Faces is disabled
  • Projects and albums in the Library Inspector can now be sorted by date in addition to name and kind
  • Includes performance and stability improvements

Finally, iMovie was also updated on Wednesday to version 9.0.7. Changes to the latest version, according to Apple, are:
  • Fixes an issue related to third-party QuickTime components that could cause iMovie to quit unexpectedly
  • Resolves stability issues when previewing MPEG-2 video clips in the Camera Import window
  • Fixes an issue where audio was not included when importing MPEG-2 video clips from a camera