Apple’s iWork Apps for iPad Updated – Improved Compatibility with MS Office Apps

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Some big iPad app update news this evening. Apple has updated their suite of iWork apps for iPad and iOS – and the headline addition is improved compatibility with Microsoft Office apps.

The iWork suite for the iPad consists of the Keynote, Numbers, and Pages apps. Each of them has been updated to Version 1.7 today. The update description for each notes improved compatibility with their counterpart Microsoft Office app (Powerpoint for Keynote, Excel for Numbers, Word for Pages) and also with their companion Mac apps.

The list of compatibility improvements is specific to each app of course. Here are the change list details for Version 1.7 of each, starting with Keynote:

In this release Keynote for iOS is updated for improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac.
• Import and export all Microsoft PowerPoint and Keynote for Mac slide sizes
• Import and export presentation themes, complete with master slides and preset styles
• Play back all Keynote action builds including Move, Rotate, Scale, and Opacity
• Add new slide transitions including Shimmer and Sparkle
• Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Keynote for Mac
• Add reflections to shapes
• New print layouts include options to print with presenter notes, with builds, and without backgrounds
• Lock and unlock objects

Here’s the list for Numbers:

In this release Numbers for iOS is updated for improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel and Numbers for Mac.
• Hide and unhide rows and columns
• Import and export Numbers for Mac spreadsheets with filters, and turn filters on and off
• Preserve rich text in tables when importing and exporting
• Add reflections to shapes
• Lock and unlock objects

And the list for Pages:

In this release Pages for iOS is updated for improved compatibility with Microsoft Word and Pages for Mac.
• Use Change Tracking to track changes to body text in a document
• Accept and reject individual changes as you review a document
• Import Pages and Microsoft Word documents with change tracking and continue to track changes to body text
• Preserve tracked changes in documents exported in Microsoft Word or Pages format
• Preserve calculations in tables when importing from and exporting to Pages for Mac
• Add reflections to shapes
• Lock and unlock objects

These updates should be great news for lots of corporate iPad users and all those who need to work with Office documents frequently. I work with Keynote a lot and I know for sure that the master slides and other new capabilities will be very welcome (always assuming they work well).

I wonder whether this is a good omen for seeing Microsoft Office for iPad next year – perhaps a little extra momentum in collaboration between Apple and Microsoft teams to ensure the two suites play as nicely together as possible?

Anyway, whatever the reason it’s very good to see these updates.

Here are App Store links for Keynote, Numbers, and Pages – each is priced at $9.99 and they’re all universal apps designed for both iPad and iPhone.

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Patrick Jordan

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2 thoughts on “Apple’s iWork Apps for iPad Updated – Improved Compatibility with MS Office Apps

  1. I don’t get it. You can use Siri to search for numbers but you can’t use Siri to enter numbers into a spreadsheet. Is it beyond the wit of men?