Thursday, November 21, 2013, 02:32 pm PT (05:32 pm ET)
Apple brings customizable toolbars back to iWork suite for Mac, updates iOS app versionsIn a slew of software releases on Thursday, Apple introduced new versions of its iWork apps for both Mac and iOS, while the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule received a firmware update to fix reported issues.
The latest versions of Keynote, Pages and Numbers all received bug fixes and performance improvements, with the Mac iterations of each gaining new features. As promised by Apple earlier this month, some features nixed from the revamped builds have started to return after consumers voiced concerns over their seeming deprecation.
When Apple revealed the new iWork suite in October, the company announced it would be making the software free with new device purchases.
Apple's presentation app Keynote received the most new content, with both the iOS and OS X versions getting new transitions and builds.
Each app features the following improvements:
- New transitions including Blinds, Color Planes, Confetti, Fall, Perspective, Pivot, and Swoosh
- New builds including Blinds, Fly in, Fly out, Orbital, Pivot, Scale Big, and Swoosh
In addition, the Mac app update brings back a customizable toolbar, a much requested feature since the latest Keynote launched in October.
Keynote for Mac is a 444MB download and can be purchased for $19.99 through the Mac App Store. The iOS version comes in at 463MB and costs $9.99.
Pages also received the standard bug fixes and stability improvements, but the Mac version also brought back a customizable toolbar. Also returned are center and edge guides, which are now turned on by default.
The iOS app keeps its feature set intact, but also benefits from the aforementioned bug fixes.
Pages for Mac weighs in at 290MB and can be downloaded for $19.99 from the Mac App Store, while the iOS iteration is 266MB and costs $9.99.
Like Pages, Apple's spreadsheet software Numbers get the bug fix treatment and, for the Mac version, a return of customizable toolbar. The Mac iteration also adds windows size and placement preservation for saved files and a new setting for zoom defaults.
Numbers for Mac is a 190MB download, while the iOS version is 234MB. Prices are $19.99 and $9.99, respectively.
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