Apple updates iWork for iPad with new iDisk, Office support

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Apple on Wednesday released a significant update to its iWork suite of productivity applications for the iPad, delivering support for copying files to a Mobile Me iDisk and exporting documents in native Microsoft Office formats.

Apple sells each of the three applications for $9.99 on the App Store. Wednesday's release is the second update issued for the suite since it was introduced earlier this year alongside the iPad. A more detailed list of enhancements to the Pages, Keynote and Numbers applications are provided by Apple:

- Copy documents between Pages and your MobileMe iDisk or a WebDAV service.

- Option to display the word count for your document.

- Support for opening .txt files from Mail.

- Ability to group and ungroup objects.

- Import and export existing footnotes, endnotes, sections and tables of contents.

- Import and export Pages ’09 tables with image background fills in cells.

- Improved export of tables with customized borders.

- Improved font matching when importing a Pages or Microsoft Word document.

- Improved creation and editing of hyperlinks.

- Improved text options for tables including font, size and color settings for individual cells.

- Improved usability and reliability when sharing documents via iWork.com public beta.

- Improved reliability when importing documents with large images.

- Improved reliability when importing and exporting documents with overlapping objects.

- Improved handling of fonts when exporting documents to Microsoft Word.

- Improved reliability and performance when importing Microsoft Word documents.

- Export presentations to Microsoft PowerPoint (.PPT) format.

- Copy presentations between Keynote and your MobileMe iDisk or a WebDAV service.

- Support for audio in builds when importing Keynote ’09 presentations.

- Ability to group and ungroup objects.

- Add animated builds to grouped objects.

- Lens Flare, Spin and Wipe build animations.

- Revolving Door, Swoosh and Wipe slide transition animations.

- Improved slide size conversion when importing Keynote ’09 presentations.

- Import and export Keynote ’09 tables with image background fills in cells.

- Improved export of tables with customized borders.

- Improved font matching when importing Keynote ’09 or Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

- Improved creation and editing of web hyperlinks.

- Improved text options for tables including font, size and color settings for individual cells.

- Improved usability and reliability when sharing presentations with iWork.com public beta.

- Improved reliability when importing presentations with large images.

- Improved reliability when importing and exporting presentations with overlapping objects.

- Improved reliability and performance when importing Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

- Export spreadsheets to Microsoft Excel (.XLS) format.

- Copy spreadsheets between Numbers and your MobileMe iDisk or a WebDAV service.

- Ability to group and ungroup objects.

- Open CSV files from Mail and other apps.

- Import and export Numbers ’09 tables with image background fills in cells.

- Improved export of tables with customized borders.

- Improved font matching when importing Numbers ’09 or Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

- Improved creation and editing of hyperlinks in text boxes.

- Improved text options for tables including font, size and color settings for individual cells.

- Improved usability and reliability when sharing spreadsheets with iWork.com public beta.

- Improved reliability when importing spreadsheets with large images.

- Improved reliability when importing and exporting spreadsheets with overlapping objects.

- Improved reliability and performance when importing Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

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

 

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