iWork Apps for iPad Get a Major Update – MobileMe iDisk Support, Export in Office Formats & More

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Keynote for iPad  Numbers for iPad  Pages for iPad

The iWork suite of apps for the iPadKeynote, Numbers, and Pages – got a major update last night.

The biggest new additions are the ability to export in Office file formats – .ppt for Keynote, .xls for Numbers, and .doc for Pages – and support for MobileMe iDisk.  So you can now export documents from these iWork apps in formats that should be friendly for anyone using MS Office, and you can copy your documents to iDisk if you have a MobileMe account.

There are a number of other notable changes for each of the apps in the suite as well.  Here are the details on those:

Keynote:

– 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.

Numbers:

– 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 spreadsheet

Pages:

– 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.

All in all, a great set of updates.  I use Keynotes more than the other two, and I love the look of some of the little enhancements for it. The lack of  iDisk support always seemed a huge, obvious miss when these apps were initially released, and I’m very glad to see it arrive via this update. It makes me glad I decided to renew MobileMe recently.


Patrick Jordan

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5 thoughts on “iWork Apps for iPad Get a Major Update – MobileMe iDisk Support, Export in Office Formats & More”

  1. I too am pretty psyched about these updates. All that said, iDisk needs a big rework to be "the file system". The kind of things that goodreader can do: create folders, move them (and files) around, etc. THAT will make the circle complete :)

  2. Great updates to all three apps.

    I subscribe to MobileMe, but rarely use iDisk – I find that Dropbox is a far more capable solution at the moment. It's faster and more flexible and has a great iPhone/iPad app. Hopefully WebDAV support will be added to Dropbox soon so that it can tie into this functionality.

  3. Agree with both of you – iDisk definitely needs to get beefed up, but it's good to see them at least making a start. I'm a huge Dropbox fan, have been a premium user for quite a while and love it.

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