iWork Updates For The iPad | New Features [plus a contest]

Apple has updated its popular iWork apps for the iPad.  The update came in and it sure brought some welcome additions with it.  I have been using Pages and Numbers since the day it went on sale to the public.  If you are not yet using these great apps then these updates may change your mind.

The iWork apps for the iPad consist of Pages, Numbers and Keynote.  Pages is the word processor, Numbers is the spreadsheet program, and Keynote makes presentations.  By now you have most likely heard of them.  Each are $9.99 and they were also the very first apps to be available in the app store.  Because of this, there was a lot of room for improvement.  A prior update to the apps brought some very minor changes but the most recent updates are more significant and offer us some very new and compelling features.

The latest iWork updates for the iPad deliver support for copying files to a MobileMe iDisk and even exporting documents in native Microsoft Office formats.  These are actually features that you can find in other office suites for the iPad such as Documents To Go.  So it is not surprise that Apple is updating the iWork suite in order to keep the apps competitive and useful.

Here are the updates and features of each of the iWork iPad apps.

Pages (1.2)

Pages is a great word processor in that it is a very simple writing tool.  One of the best features of Pages is the full screen writing mode which lets you type documents without any distractions.  Another great feature are the templates.  They let you create some pretty nice documents without a lot of effort.  There are also some great 3rd party templates as well which extend the usefulness of Pages even further.

Here are the updates to Pages which bring it to version 1.2:

  • 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.

Pages

Numbers (1.2)

Numbers is a great spreadsheet application.  This iWork iPad app really cannot be matched by many other apps.  It is best used with a keyboard and would be even better with a mouse but even so, it is a really nice spreadsheet app for being a mobile application.  Like Pages, Numbers comes with a set of great templates which extend its functionality even further. Numbers performs the basic spreadsheet functions you would expect in a spreadsheet application and even has a few advanced tricks it can do!

Here are the updates to Numbers which bring it to version 1.2:

  • 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.

Numbers

Keynote (1.2)

Keynote is the one iWork for iPad app that stands to need the most improvement.  It did not receive the greatest of reviews due to its lackluster feature set, but it continues to improve.  If you are creating a basic Keynote presentation then it’s perfect. If you want to make an advanced presentation then you might be best served using Keynote for the Mac.

However, it is an impressive iWork app and a great tool for the iPad.  If you travel then the Keynote app is perfect for making a last-minute slide show or even if you are a student and want to make a great class presentation.

Here are the updates for Keynote bringing it to version 1.2:

  • 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.

Keynote

The Contest

So there are all the great updates you can expect to get for free if you already own these apps.  If you do not own any of them or you only own a few, then we would like to offer up one of them to our readers.  Just leave a comment below and we will do a random drawing from the comments in a few days.  As the winner you can choose which is these great iWork iPad apps you want!

Comments

  1. mario says:

    thumbs up. now only dropbox support lacks…

  2. rdurty2 says:

    Dropbox support would be incredible but I can’t see Apple ever doing that.

    Nonetheless I have none of these app’s and Pages would be very useless despite no dropbox support.

    1. Shane says:

      Hey thanks for the comment…do you use any other apps for writing? I’d love to know what others find valuable as a writing app…

      1. Rdurty2 says:

        I don’t have any writing apps currently. That’s only because I just got my iPad a few days ago.

        1. Shane says:

          You might want to check out Clean Writer. It’s a very nice app as well! I’ll be doing a drawing tomorrow for one of these apps! Also…check out the site a little there’s a ton of articles since you are new to the iPad!

          1. rdurty2 says:

            I already have an iPhone 4 so I’m pretty familiar with all the popular apps, but your articles did show me many iPad specific apps that I absolutely love.

            I’m really glad I stumbled upon this site.

            1. Shane says:

              Thanks! I appreciate it. We have new posts daily so feel free to drop on by anytime :-)

  3. tchmrl says:

    A couple of questions:

    Do you need to have Numbers to create a table or graph in Pages and/or Keynote?

    For those of us new to Apple computers (thanks to the iPad) are ugprades usually free? I’ve been holding off purchasing Pages, waiting for iOS4 so I’ll be able to print my documents.

    Great blog! Thanks for your help.

    1. Shane says:

      Hi there. Thanks for stopping by! Yeah, you can do basic tables in Pages and Keynote. They are not as robust of course but they certainly work well.

      I am testing out iOS 4.2 and am getting the HP wireless e printer so I can try air print.

      Pages is a great app, but so is Clean Writer. The draw with Pages is that it works well with the desktop version and it has nice features.

      No, you don’t have to pay for updates to the apps. That’s the nice part of it. You pay once and get updates!

  4. The export to XLS in Numbers was sorely needed. This’ll probably make it more likely to use it again. As a PC guy, having these saved my bacon once, as someone sent me a file in Pages format. Open in iPad, send to work machine as .doc. Haven’t tried Keynote yet.

    Glad these are getting better. A much better solution than something like Quickoffice or Docs to Go, in my opinion.

    1. Shane says:

      I agree! Although I would love pages to support dropbox!

  5. Sack Gesicht says:

    I just bought Numbers, but have a problem with WebDAV support – unlike in GoodReader where everything is smooth ..hmmmm

    Did the 1.2 update also improve the presenter view (while using vga adapter) in keynote?

    1. Shane says:

      Hi sack. Does the WebDAV not work? I do not think in this update they did any fixes with the VGA from what I can tell. It really needs it though.

      1. Sack Gesicht says:

        At least here NUMBERS is not working with WebDAV.
        Same settings (server address, user name and password) are working perfect with GoodReader. Error message is “An error occured. Please try again.” while trying to sign in

        1. Shane says:

          Sack. I did a little digging and here is something I found:

          I discovered what appears to be a bug in the WebDAV login. If you setup a WebDAV login, that account association will be saved until you manually select “Sign Out”. This sounds like it should be expected behavior, but in circumstances where that login becomes unavailable, entering new login credentials or a different server will not be saved after that single use. When you try and use WebDAV again, it will default to the original set of credentials rather than the last successful login.

          Therefor, if you plan to change WebDAV Servers or accounts, it is vital to make sure that you log out first.

          1. Sack Gesicht says:

            Shane,
            thanks for your efforts.
            I actually came across the same posting, while researching, but it does not apply in my case. I can not even sign in. I also restarted the ipad before trying to sign in. It might have something to do with my WebDAV source (Qnap NAS), but again GoodReader has no problem with it.
            Anyway ….

            1. Shane says:

              Darn! I was hoping that would help. I have a feeling that it’s the app and definitely not your Qnap NAS. Well…if I run into anything at all I will be sure to email you!!!!

  6. Denis GRIGOR says:

    Well … as I can see many people demand DropBox support, but please allow me to disagree with you because Apple policy is to support so called “standardized technologies” (like WebDAV) thus they can guarantee the functionality of their apps.
    Imagine Apple giving support to DropBox – which is not (yet) “standardized” and as I can see from my desktop client has not yet reached the 1.0 version, then the functionality of iWork Suit will depend on functionality of DropBox (who is in development and I think is far from reaching its full potential).
    I understand that the DropBox is very convenient, but it is not the only one. I can also grieve for no support for ZumoCast – but let’s be realistic.

    1. Shane says:

      Denis,
      You bring up an excellent point! And thanks for the reminder. I totally forgot that Dropbox isn’t a real standard (yet). The other thing that might get in the way of DropBox support directly from Apple is their support of iDisk which is their own service so it makes sense if we do not see Dropbox support anytime soon.

      1. Rdurty2 says:

        Like I said dropbox support would be nice but I doubt it would ever happen. There is the whole standards thing but I’m sure apple sees dropbox as a competitor to iDisk and mobile me. I can’t see apple wanting to drive people to a competing product, and a free one at that, unless you need more then 2gb of storage.

        1. Shane says:

          Yep. They probably do and that’s why you are right, I doubt we will see it anytime soon unless they drop the pricing for Mobileme and give the basic services away for free.

          1. Rdurty says:

            Apple give something away for free? In our dreams lol

  7. Jeff says:

    I have looked at these apps several times, but have not bought them, would like to win so I can use them, thanks

    1. Shane says:

      Howdy Jeff -
      Yeah, I’ll be doing a drawing today (Friday) and picking a name from the comments!

      1. Rdurty2 says:

        Have you picked who won the contest yet?

        1. admin says:

          Hey there! I am doing that today. Wanted to make sure I gave it enough time.

  8. ADL says:

    As journalist that use the IPAD to write article, translate books and write other docs, prefear DocsToGo to Pages for the office file supports and other stuffs but if I win the contest I will make an operative use of both to see which is better…

    ADL

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  15. Marcos Martins says:

    I have the app Keynote and I
    Love it. Thank’s Apple

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